Hola mi nombre es Myrna. I am here,at the Migrant Leadership Institute, primarily to learn about the skills and qualities of a leader. I also want to learn what it takes to prove yourself as a leader. I grew up in a ranch in Mexico where I was surrounded by animals, so horseback riding is my thing. =) I generally do not like being a follower so expressing myself either through writing or orally makes me unique. I am making myself up the ladder to become a trilingual,so I believe this makes me unique. "Dream a dream that is not a dream," from The Humingbird's Daughter by Urrea is my motto. Dream a dream worth living. Wasting your time dreaming foolishly takes you nowhere, but dreaming big and realisticly has a succesful end. I love to read in my free times. In specific I enjoy realistic fiction, because it's something I may relate to.
Today we did the obstacle courses. It was a very enriching experience where I learned more than I could imagine. We started off by doing the low courses which varied throughout the groups. Our group did the activity where we tried getting a ball into a can using only pipes. It was a challenge, and it took us a while to get it in, but it was worth it at the end. It felt extremely well and relieving to get the ball in. We also did a "we're stranded on an island, let's get out of here, and save our lives by landing on boats" activity. It was fun, but it was not as challenging. Afterwards the real rush of excitement began. We were harnessed into our gear to do the high courses. I tried most of the challenges, but timewise I wasn't able to try them all. I did the catwalk, the monkey one, the rope-to-rope one and I belive that was it. Before I tried any of these challenges I felt like I had it together. I was willing to risk it and take on the challenge. While I ws on most of them I felt confident and sure about myself, but the monkey one was the hardest. While I was doing it I felt insecure about myseld, jittery, surprised of the difficult, and even scared to fall, and worse to make a fool of myself. It was indeed a challenge that truly got to me. I felt defeated and confused because I'm used to proving myself as a potentially succesful person willing to risk it and take challenges. Afterwards, and while I was atr the top, I felt courageous, proud, fatigued, and strong. I was impressed of my capabilities, and even thought I struggled a lot on the mokey course and may of looked like a fool to the ones below me, I felt it was all worth it. These activities,even though they were outside courses signified of challenges a leader faces. They were great complentaries because it required to step out of comfort zone. All in all, it was great. I had fun, looked like a fool, and felt proud. =)
Today was a good day. It was not as intense as yesterday, but it was still a fun day. Instead of running the mile this morning, my exercise group got to jog out of either playing basketball, soccer, or jogging. I guess that running the mile and jogging don't differ much, but this jog felt way better than running the mile. We did a lot of discussing in our groups as well. In our group we were introduced to ADD and SLIDE. ADD stands for Ask the right question,Decide the best choice, Do it. and SLIDE stands for State the Problem, List the alternatives, Institute the
Throughout this week I have been able to experience actively what it takes to become a leader. Through the journey up the ladder of leadership will come struggles, and at points frustration, but with faith in yourself, followers, determination, and hard work it becomes worth it to get yourself to the top. We've done many activities that have helped us learn about communication skills and group-working such as the Bridge of Knowledge, and the Egg Drop.Along with all the fun activities we also had the opportunity to visit exciting places such as the Aquarium, the beach and so forth. We had a College Fair which I personally enjoyed. I just want to thank each and every mentor, and every one that was part of OMLI. The tech. teacher Cheridy, and Juana, the teacher from Mexico put in their time to help us, and I'm very thankful for that.