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High School Leadership Conference: Learning to Lead and Succeed

The Auburn University SGA hosts an event called High School Leadership Conference (HSLC). It is a two day event that is designed to help high school students with their leadership abilities. This year the conference is January 29-30, 2013. Students will be in small groups and led by Auburn University students in discussions and team building exercises. The counselors are involved in weekly training sessions that get them ready to lead their group of students.

Emily Jordan is a junior at Auburn University and was involved in HSLC when she was in high school and also here at Auburn. When asked how she would describe HSLC she responded with, “The High School Leadership Conference is a fantastic, two day event that teaches well-deserving high school students how to be leaders in their school. The conference is jam packed with exciting team building games, incredible speakers and enriching small group time.” Her excitement about the event was making me want to join in on the fun!

Jordan came to the conference when she was in high school. She said that she fell in love with the event and it made her so excited to get involved and be a leader to her peers. As a freshman Jordan was a counselor for the program. She said that is taught her a lot and she was able to apply what she learned to her everyday life.

When asked if she thought HSLC helped high school students feel more comfortable in a university setting she said, “I think the conference definitely gives high school students extra confidence as they come to college. The conference gave me a small taste of life as a college student and allowed me to become acquainted with Auburn's campus. As a freshman at Auburn, I immediately felt comfortable and at home in a college setting because of HSLC.”

When it comes to referring people to attend HSLC Jordan is screaming it from the rooftops! She says, “Attending the conference as a high school student or as a counselor will challenge and encourage you to be a leader where ever life takes you. This conference does not just give you skills to use at your high school or university; it is applicable to so much more. Most likely there will be a time in your life in which you will be called to lead; HSLC is a practical and enjoyable way to prepare yourself for that time. HSLC is filled with learning laughter and new friendships and I am so grateful for all that it taught me!”

The conference has taught her a lot! Jordan jumped into Auburn involvement with open arms after attending the conference. She is a proud member of the AU Rhythm dance team, a Student Recruiter and was just crowned Miss Auburn University. These accomplishments are just to name a few! Jordan said that if it was not for HSLC she would have not have the confidence and leadership abilities she has today.

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