Scholar Attends Prestigious Leadership Conference in Australia
| A Better Chance Scholar Rita Shrestha (The Archer School for Girls, 2014) taking a ferry ride past the iconic Sydney Opera House during a group challenge at the Student Leadership Conference in Sydney, Australia
Annually, The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools invites two students to the Alliance of Girls’ School Australasia’s Student Leadership Conference in Australia. The conference offers friendship and leadership skill-building workshops. This year A Better Chance Scholar Rita Shrestha (The Archer School for Girls, 2014) represented her school at the conference. We asked Rita to share her experience:
The Student Leadership Conference I attended in Sydney, Australia was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. I spent five days at the beautiful Sydney University campus befriending future leaders from girls’ schools around the world! The girls I met share my passion for leadership. At the conference, I learned lessons about leadership that I will apply at school and in my community for the rest of my life. One of the most important lessons I learned was about the qualities of a good leader. Of these qualities, I believe resilience sets great leaders apart. A great leader perseveres. I will apply this lesson at school, and hope to inspire the girls at my school to become leaders. I also learned about the effect of personality type on leadership style. Extroverts are energized by spending time with others and speak before they think. Introverts are energized by spending time alone and think before speaking. Now that I understand the differences in personalities, I will make a point during my student council meetings to hear from introverts and extroverts equally. Both introverts and extroverts have amazing ideas, and allowing everyone to voice their ideas will lead to the best results.
The leadership lessons I learned, as well as the people I met from around the world, made the student leadership conference extraordinary. It inspired me to share my leadership skills with those around me. However, without A Better Chance, I would not have received the opportunity to attend the Archer School for Girls, much less the Student Leadership Conference. Being an A Better Chance Scholar has impacted my life and helped me gain momentous experiences, such as my trip to Australia, that otherwise would have been unavailable to me.