Weâ€™re already nearing the end of the 2020 LEDA Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute! Today, weâ€™re getting a first-hand peek from LEDA Cohort 16 Scholar Jesus B., whoâ€™s finishing up the last week of #LEDAsummer.
Jesus had already been excited about the opportunity to spend the summer on Princeton Universityâ€™s campus when LEDA announced the transition to a remote program back in the spring. Nevertheless, he was convinced that the virtual Summer Institute would be a good experience, thanks to our reputation for outstanding support and results, as well as clear communication from our program leadership on what the summer would entail. â€œOne thing I didnâ€™t fully realize before is that LEDA doesnâ€™t end with just the Summer Institute: itâ€™s â€˜LEDA for Lifeâ€™,â€ he recalled.
After seven weeks, Jesus feels that itâ€™s been even better than he anticipated, with the LEDA Community being the key factor. â€œLEDA does a great job of creating safe spaces that allow us to share what we think. Itâ€™s been constructive and inspiring to learn from other Scholarsâ€™ experiences and to know that LEDA is committed to providing this for us.â€ He has also appreciated the availability and caring attitude of the staff and older Scholar mentors.
Like many students, Jesus is unsure what the upcoming school year will look like after a spring that abruptly transitioned to distance learning. During the spring and his time with LEDA, heâ€™s developed a few strategies that have helped to keep him on track:
Published August 5, 2020