Hiram College

Classes are out (for the most part), but many of our students are spending their summer (or part of it) at Hiram. From camps to internships to summer jobs, students have many opportunities for engagement over the summer. From time to time, we will showcase the work these students are doing. See more “snapshots of summer” here.

HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: High school students may still be a few years away from joining the workforce, but it’s not too early for them to develop skills in team-building, leadership and problem-solving.

At the High School Leadership Conference at Hiram College last week, area students got a chance to build those skills as they emerge as leaders in their community.

Jen Lesak ’12, an early childhood education major, was one Hiram student who helped with the camp. As a student worker in Institutional Advancement, she helped put together a schedule of activities, and as a camp counselor, she helped carry them out.

She took a lead in a “block activity,” that paralleled real-life workflow.

Lesak, the “architect,” constructed a complicated assembly of blocks. She showed it to one camper, the “construction manager,” who had to give instructions to one “foreman” (who didn’t see the structure), who then had to relay instructions to the rest of the “team” to duplicate Lesak’s structure.

She said she did a similar activity in Resident Assistant training, and the goal wasn’t for the students to actually be able to mimic her block structure.

“I wanted them to also realize that there is a chain of command and in real life jobs, and even at school there is always someone above someone else who is giving directions to the person below them, and that directions can get altered,” she said. “It’s like playing telephone.”

Lesak said activities like this one have helped her become a better leader as well.

“After participating in the activity, it helped me realize that when you work in a big group and the work is stressful, you need to always remain calm and stay focused on the task,” she said. “That helped me at the camps because rooms are switched and plans get changed all the time, sometimes an hour before camp starts, and so I try to stay calm and focus on what needs to be done.”