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Written by Brittany September 6, 2019
Right as finals week hit, a friend of mine told me that she needed a position filled in a student organization she was involved in called Camp Kesem. She said that she had counselors drop and needed a program counselor to fill in during week one.
My response surprised both of us: I said yes.
In the next month, I hurried to complete hours of training that was supposed to take place over the course of the school year, paid for a background check, and asked my dear friend Emerson hundreds of questions on what I would be doing and how camp would look. I knew absolutely no one in the organization. I had never been to the place where the camp was hosted. I was terrified. And then it changed my life.
This past week, I hung out with dozens of kids all bonded by one thing: they’ve been affected by a parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem is the only group that serves this community of kiddos, and every year we put on week-long summer camps filled with friendship, fun and games. Every single counselor there was so kind and welcoming to me, and they all worked amazingly with their campers to give them memories to last a lifetime. Kesem is an organization filled with so much love and joy that I cannot believe I got to be a part of it.
I’m amazed at how close I can become to people in 6 days, and I’m more than excited to officially join the organization and attend actual meetings this year. There is nothing more beautiful than a band of college kids from all walks of life coming together to give children the childhood experiences they deserve. If you’d like to learn more about Kesem, be sure to visit the Kesem website or check out all the social media platforms for Camp Kesem OSU.
Branch outside of your comfort zone. Say yes to things you think you’re too scared to do. Get involved with organizations that make this world a better place. Kesem, thanks for popping into my life when I least expected it and giving me a week that’s changed me forever!
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