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Chase’s Story

chase“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousands moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year?”

These were the words that rang in my ears on my flight back to Buffalo from Dulles International Airport where I had just attend the World Leadership Congress with more than 500 hundred other students.

This experience along with many other experiences with HOBY changed my perspective on life. Before HOBY, I was involved in very little besides school itself. After HOBY, I became very engaged in what was happening around me, and realized that I could truly make a difference. I believe the changes that HOBY instilled upon me is the reason I was able to get into my college alma mater Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after high school.

Since HOBY has given me so much in my life, I make sure I always have time to give back to it. I am an alumnus of the 2004 program at New York West, and I have been involved with it ever since. Currently, I live in Scranton, Pa., and I make the trek to the seminar every year. And each time that I come back to HOBY, I am invigorated to want to change the world around me, and I am always amazed with how determined the youth of this program can be.

It is truly 3 days that can change your life.

– Chase Miller, ’04