Traveling to India for the very first time in my life, I stepped outside of the Gandhi International Airport with a mixed sense of excitement, fear and curiosity. After taking a quick glance of my surrounding, it came to immediate realization that India is very different from what I had imagined. The chaotic streets of New Delhi were simply overwhelming; multiple cars were sharing a single lane and traffic signals were being violated while cars honked mercilessly at each other. My experience with students, however, was much less chaotic. After the very first day of the conference, I was simply shocked by how brilliant and driven the students were. Not only were they willing to listen, but also, they were willing to make serious efforts to apply our mentorship in their personal lives. As a matter of fact, a lot of the students were able to turn their ideas and passion into workable ideas and projects. Some of the students organized charity events to help those in rural villages, while others came up with innovative ways of confronting bullying and gender equity issues. The students continue to send me updates through WhatsApp!
It was my honor directing this conference with amazing teachers: Jonathan, Nakul and Louis.
As it was my first time directing and serving as a YLC teacher, I received a substantial amount of help from Jonathan, Nakul and Louis. The conference was a huge success and I really hope the students continue emerging as leaders in their communities.
-Dennis Kim '19, YLC India 2016 Director