Student shares HOBY experience

by Ashley Luke

Going to Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar this past summer was a great experience for me. It was held June 1-3 at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS.

Over 500 sophomores from across the State were selected to attend. We did a variety of things, such as listening to motivational speakers, going to a dance/social, participating in talent shows, and doing community service.

The main goal of HOBY is to promote involvement in the community and making an impact by serving others through volunteering. My group went to a local boarding house for people who were otherwise homeless and just spent the day there fixing up the house and playing with some of the children there. We also had the opportunity to talk to some of the adults who lived there.

The experience really made us realize just how blessed we were and that we should help in our own communities as much as possible. HOBY was truly a life-changing experience for me. Not only did I learn more about volunteerism, I also had a lot of fun and became friends with people whom I never would have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. I highly encourage anyone who is a sophomore this year to apply for HOBY this summer. It is an experience that you will never forget.