CYC: My Source of Motivation
by Koh (CYC 2017 Youth Facilitator)
I first went to my first CYC camp during the summer of 2015 and if I had to summarise my experience from that one week into one word, it would be “motivation”. I believe my change as a more ambitious student began from this camp that I attended.
I specifically gained motivation from 2 main reasons.
The first reason is the type of learning that I had the chance to receive. In school, the learning is writing based where we learn from doing this practically on paper. However, the camp exposed me to a more verbal and outdoor education that I have never experienced before. I was learning about sustainability, leadership, and the Compass tools by talking to my peers and by physically taking part in activities outside the school. Not only did this style of learning make the camp so enjoyable but also the content interesting.
The second and the most important reason that I gained motivation was because of my fellow participants. It was the first time when I studied with students from around Southeast Asia, who were more intelligent and motivated than I was, which is why spending a week with them sharing my ideas and their ideas with me, put in perspective of my ability as a capable student in the world. Getting to know them made me want to become a better student, it made me want to reach their level and beyond that.
These two key factors of the camp are what was at the core to not only aspire me but to make the camp a unique but enjoyable and educational experience.