With 2020 being Meg’s fourth O’Camp, we sat down with the Arts/Law student and O’Camp leader to discuss how she got involved and why you should too! Check out her Q&A below.
Did you attend O’Camp as a first year? If so, why did you attend?
When I first heard about the camp, I was very hesitant to sign up. One of my friends was really keen on going (it was way more up her alley) and insisted that I come along – that it would be fun and we could meet people. In the end I registered because she wouldn’t go without me! I told myself that it would be a great experience and that in order to make the most of starting university I needed to step outside my comfort zone and take on new challenges.
Why did you apply to be an O’Camp leader?
I applied to be a leader because I knew how much I got out of camp in my first year, and wanted to help others have a similar experience. It brings so much value in terms of relationships, confidence and fun and I was really excited to go again!
How has O’Camp contributed to your overall success at University?
O’Camp was one of the best things I could have done when starting uni. I met a group of awesome people who are still really great friends of mine, and most of whom lead on the camp each year. It gave me the confidence to start the year knowing that Uni was what I made of it, and I was open to saying yes to opportunities that arose where I previously would not have been. It seemed scary at the time, but the people you meet and the experiences you have set you up for a really fulfilled Uni experience.
Do you feel more connected to University life because of O’Camp? Why?
O’Camp really increased my desire to be on campus and come to Uni, which in turn meant that I attended more of my classes. There was rarely a day when I would come in and not bump into someone from O’Camp or the circles generated as a result. That sense of community was so strong that I felt completely at home and comfortable, and also able to feel as if I belonged.
Why should people sign up for O’Camp?
My biggest advice would be to say yes to opportunities like these that come up. You may not think it’s your thing, or be on the fence about whether or not you will enjoy it, but I am yet to come across someone who has gone on O’Camp and not gotten a single thing out of it! I didn’t think I would enjoy it before going and it ended up being the best decision I made – it has shaped my university experience.
What is your best O’Camp memory?
There are so many that it’s hard to narrow down just one! I’d have to say that one of the best was being able to chill in the lake on the 2019 camp. After a long day of the obstacle course, activities and power fights, to see almost the entire camp head down to the lake and ‘paddle’ was quite an exciting experience. It was an informal setting where you were able to have good chats and light-hearted fun – really get to know the other people there.
Keen on O’Camp in 2020? For more information regarding registrations and pricing, please visit the event webpage.