Positive experiences turn campers into students at WVU
Not only are West Virginia University’s Engineering Challenge Camps a great way to introduce students to the possibilities in STEM-related fields, they also serve as a great recruiting tool for the Statler College.
“I saw an ad on Twitter that the College was looking for engineering camp counselors and thought that it would be a great way to spend my summer since I love STEM and working with kids,” said Osborne. “It was really awesome connecting and working with my counselors when I was a camper and it really inspired me to want to do the same for them.”
“When I attended the engineering camp I was unsure about what I wanted to do and I didn’t think that engineering was for me,” said Joyce. “After spending a week figuring out what engineering was all about and the different types of jobs involved with it I decided that this was the field I wanted to go into. I wanted to be a camp counselor so I could help other kids develop the same passion that I did.”
The counselors currently have three weeks of camping under their belt, with several more to go. They both agree that working with students has been a rewarding experience.
“It really is a blessing to get to work with these young people and watch them bond and learn throughout the week,” said Osborne. “It really makes it worth all the trials and tribulations that each week brings when a camper runs up to you on Friday to show you their final project and to reminisce about the memories they’ve made. Each group has been different and awesome in their own ways and I think they have found some inspiration from myself and the other counselors.”
The counselors have both come a long way since their days as campers. They were recently accepted into their desired majors at the University, industrial engineering for Joyce and biomedical engineering for Osborne. They will begin taking specialized engineering classes this fall, bringing them one step closer to becoming professional engineers.
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