Creating and leading an art program
Rising to the occasion to be an art program manager despite fears and doubts about my abilities. When others believe in you, you begin to believe in yourself and your creative confidence.
I wanted to intern as a summer camp counselor in New York when I was at college in 2002. Upon my arrival, I found out that I was chosen to create and lead an art program for half of the camp. I wanted to give up this role. I was absolutely terrified. I did not think that I could create a program, lead a group, and have others follow my instructions. I was 22 years old and English was my second language. In the back of my mind, I knew that I wanted to do it, but I felt insecure.
The counselors created a circle, and everyone had to do something funny to make others laugh. I was nervous. The director came to me and said, "Silvie, I know you will do a great job." I sensed honesty from his voice and I believed him.
I wanted to show him that I can do a great job. I took a bus down to New York City and bought a bunch of books about arts and crafts. Every week I created a program with a theme. It was great to see the artifacts that campers made in my classes. One day a counselor told me, "You have the best classes. You have something to do for everyone and it's always fun."