Georgia HOBY Newsletter:
Sixty-Third Edition, April 27, 2016
Featured Alumna: Yoomin Chae '11
I was a minority at my school. Even though I wasn't bullied, I felt out-of-place and lonely. Without even knowing, I was suppressing my esteem, my pride, and my confidence. I slowly started to distance myself from the world. I never voiced my opinions at school and always spent time by myself. I had no confidence whatsoever. One day, walking to class, I saw one of the applications to be a part of HOBY. Without knowing anything about HOBY, except that it was a leadership conference, I simply turned in my application with no expectation for me to get chosen. A few weeks later, when I found out I was selected to attend the conference as the school representative, I was very shocked. I was also scared because I was afraid to meet new people. However, I decided to attend the conference because I thought it would be my last chance to overcome my fears.
Attending the HOBY seminar was probably the best decision of my life. Even though it was a challenge, I learned how to be a leader. I also learned the importance of teamwork and communication. After the seminar, I saw the world with different eyes. I began to take initiatives, joining various clubs and making new friends. Becoming a leader changed my life. A year later, I became the Vice-President of Student Council, the Woodwind section leader of the Marching Band, and the Homecoming Queen of my school. I also got accepted to the University of California, Davis, where I am pursuing my Bachelor's degree currently. The story goes on. HOBY made me a leader. HOBY is powerful.
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