Mansfield Middle School 8th grade student, Serenity Brunson was chosen to attend a Leadership Summit at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts during Summers break.
“I went to the ambassador leadership program to learn how to be a better leader, learn different leadership skills, gain knowledge of what college life is like, and to start exploring my options for college” stated Brunson.
Once Brunson arrived at the esteemed university, she toured the campus, walked the freedom trail, and visited the Paul revere house and old north church. After her stint as a tourist, Brunson went right to work at the summit, where she stood among hundreds of hand-picked students.
The summit included many activities that tested the students skills, and allowed them to work together and independently to achieve goals set by their peers, and administration.
“We learned the seven habits of highly effective teens, attended a meeting hosted by a panel of college students explained the application process and what college life is like, toured the Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT) and worked on several projects” added Brunson.
Brunson explained that their group did a community service project through LIfeWay where they packed snack bags and literature kits for children who may not have the resources to have snacks during the day, and don’t have books to read at home.
Additionally, Brunson and her team came up with a community service plan where they were to act as if they had to expand it like a business/non-profit organization to make it known around the world. This project was presented on the last day at the summit to all attendees, and participants.
“This trip was better than I ever imagined it would be, and I’m so thankful to everyone who helped me be able to be here” stated Brunson.