I have had a long career with AT Camp. I started out as a student, progressed to be a mentor and am now an instructor. All of these positions have presented unique challenges and each role has taught me something about myself, helping me understand where I can improve as a student and a leader.
My first experience with AT Camp was eight years ago. I was 12 years old and extremely resistant to using technology. I thought that screen readers were annoying and wanted to keep doing things the same way I always had. AT Camp changed that. The instructors helped open my eyes to a realm of assistive technology I never knew existed. As the camp progressed, I was challenged on more areas than technology. Something I struggled with, and sometimes still struggle with, is time management. At AT Camp this was a huge focus, and I learned many techniques which made managing my time easier.
After the first camp I attended, I stopped going for a few years, thinking I had learned everything I could. I was wrong. I returned in high school to find that I had to relearn many skills. With hard work, I returned after high school as a mentor. Thanks to AT Camp, I fell in love with helping people master skills that they struggled with. There is nothing like focusing your attention on one individual and then, thanks to a team effort, seeing them succeed.