2017 Executive Student Committee Leader - Arts @ Wellington Girls College
In terms of the course itself, it without a doubt helped improve my leadership skills. Before I attended the course, I didn’t know that much about how to be a leader. The only skill I felt I had was the ability to talk confidently. However there is so much more you learn in terms of strategic ways to get people involved, effective communication skills, and how to make a situation enjoyable, approachable and achievable.
I did this course in 2016 when I was yr 12 and I was lucky enough in yr 13 to gain a prefect position at my school (Wellington Girls’ College). I am titled as Head of Arts and am part of the prefect executive team. I do honestly owe a lot of this to Future Leaders, as I certainly do think that from this training I was able to grasp skills that helped me achieve this position.
I have also been able to lead several groups within my school. I am directing both our school Stage Challenge and Senior Drama Production, both of which are quite large, daunting tasks. However with the skills I’ve learnt, I do believe that I have grown as a leader and am able to successfully carry out a task or in this case production.
For anyone considering or thinking about doing a course at Future Leaders Academy, I would 100% recommend it. Coming away from the course in 2016, I told all of my friends about it and how incredible the experience was. I can understand that it may be quite scary and daunting to do something like this away from home and with people you’ve never met. However that’s all part of it.
Just remember that the world is like that. You will most likely be faced with the situation of having to meet new people and going somewhere you've never been before. However it’s all about learning, understanding, changing and growing as a person. Trust me in saying that you will not regret this opportunity!