Staff Speaks Pt. 3: Why We Love SUNIA

As volunteer Staff members, our love for SUNIA is what drives us. Whether you’re looking for a reason to come to SUNIA or are an alumni member seeking some nostalgia, read on to discover some of the reasons why we love SUNIA. Feel free to add some of the reasons you love SUNIA in our comment section.

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Emma: The thing I love most about SUNIA is the opportunity to meet people that I would never have encountered in any part of my life. Thanks to SUNIA I have friends from different cities, who have totally different interests, who live totally different lives than the one I am living right now. And thanks to SUNIA, those people are some of my best friends in the entire world.

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ScREECH: I think my favourite thing about SUNIA is the feeling it brings you. Its sort of indescribable all SUNIA does for you - you get a sense of accomplishment, confidence, success, family, love, support, and so much more. There are so many memorable moments at SUNIA that make it an unforgettable experience. 

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Jenna: The thing I love most about SUNIA is the unique family that we make out at camp. I think it’s incredible how there are so many people from extremely diverse backgrounds who come to SUNIA, and all of their perspectives get to be not only shared but celebrated. I love that everyone is so open and welcoming and that we share so many amazing moments together. My favourite moment is always the campfires because I can really feel a sense of community when we are all singing together, and I love the big SUNIA family that we make. 

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Michael: For me, the best part of SUNIA was getting a chance to understand and interpret what happens in the world and how it affects so many different areas of our lives. For example, I’ve extensively looked at intersections of international affairs and computer science this year, and the only reason I was able to somewhat grasp what I read was because of the knowledge I gained at Seminar. It’s made feel more confident when wanting to impact the world around me, in whatever field I’m interested in that day!

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Anna: There are a million reasons why I love SUNIA, but the thing that sticks out most for me is how in-the-moment it makes me feel. It’s the only two weeks of my year where I’m completely immersed in the people I’m around and the environment I’m in instead of being preoccupied with the million other things going on in my life. It’s an escape in the greatest sense of the word and provides me with so much clarity on my true priorities in life. 

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Padillo: My FAVOURITE thing about SUNIA is the sense of accomplishment I get from climbing Mt. Baldy. You might get a cramp on your way up, you might accidentally roll your ankle on the way down, but it’s all worth it when you remember the feeling you get once you reach the top and see all the pretty wildflowers, Abraham Lake, and all the smiling faces around you reminding you of what SUNIA really means.