What can you not say about HOBY?! Other than the fact that it’s OUTSTANDING, it was life changing for me! I attended HOBY New York West in 2010, then proceeded to attend the World Leadership Congress (WLC) in Los Angeles. I could go on and on about the friends that I made, the bonds that haven’t been broken with a handful of people… I do have to say it gave me a whole different perspective on my life. Since attending HOBY, I’ve started community service movements with Roswell Park with its Bald for Bucks and Ride for Roswell campaigns. I’ve headed up college groups in leadership roles, such as as senate president, programming president and so much more.
The most rewarding experience ever since HOBY: Creating and developing a leadership program at the college level, as well as creating my very own seminar, highlighting how simple leadership can be!
I hope that anyone who has experienced knows exactly what I’m talking about when I say this: Never give up with anything that you do! Be the change and always remember that it’s never over when it comes to leadership. For those who are debating on attending HOBY, stop debating and sign up. I’m glad I did and have never regretted it!
– Reid Okoniewski, ’10
Wilson High School