Coming into LBW on that first Sunday, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I have been to summer programs before, but none as prestigious as this. As a native to the area, I imagined making my way around would be the least of my issues. I luckily had the pleasure of meeting up and hanging out with a few campers the day before, so due to that and some prior research I conducted, my expectations were relatively optimistic.

I can now say with confidence that being “relatively optimistic” was a gross understatement.

The time I have spent here over the past month has made for the climax of one of the most impactful summers I have experienced thus far. I have been exposed to a range of cultures, originating from Australia to Zimbabwe. I have tried new things that I may never have conceived of if otherwise. And lastly, I feel that I have grown as a person, gaining a newfound understanding of the value of teamwork in the face of adversity along the way.

I believe that I have found the smartest, unique, most well-versed group of people I have ever met. It was a refreshing and enriching experience to be around such like-minded people, and I thank all of you for that. I felt at home here very quickly.

I could not thank the RTA staff enough for not only watching over us, but for gracing us with your guidance and wisdom, on not only the college experience, but on life as well. I have learned so much from you, as I hope I returned the favor to some of you to an extent, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

To our numerous esteemed lecturers, instructors, and site visit hosts, thank you. For not only opening a window into your respective industries and areas of expertise, but for giving useful and insightful advice that I will not soon forget.

But alas, there comes a time when all good things must come to an end, and this, my friends, is that end.

The friends, connections, and memories I have made here I hope will last forever, and I intend to build on them as the years go on, no matter where we may end up.

Oftentimes, we are referred to as the “cream of the crop”, the future business leaders of not only America but the world. From what I’ve seen this month, I can say that I now have a renewed sense of faith in our future, and the people that will one day lead it.