On Thursday, Andrea Spencer was the camp guest of the day. She is a Copywriter & Speech Writer for UNCG, as well as an occasional fiction writer. It is important to do what you love and let your work shine. For Andrea, she was inspired to become copywriter after seeing a one at a career fair. Now her job is to create advertisements and promotions to spread Spartan pride and get people interest in joining UNCG. Copywriting requires “a lot of storytelling”, love to write (of course), have an ability to ask multiple questions, conduct interviews, detect the smallest and crucial detail, brainstorm, be a problem solver, be a good listener and convince the public to buy a product or go to a location. In a way, the purpose is to get people to think the way you are thinking. As for a fiction writer, she currently working on her first novel and read part of chapter 1 to the students of the camp. The Promise of Water, a story of a brother who traveled to Lake Superior in search for his twin sister, but is also in a journey to find himself. Andrea advises all future writers to “exercise the brain with different types of writing” and find a “comfort zone” to visualize your thoughts. “Don’t be afraid to try all kinds of writing” and “listen to the voice inside you.” She does this job because she loves to writes and it is really fun. When a job is fun, in a way, you never work at all.
As for our campers, they are preparing to present their work tomorrow. After two weeks of brainstorming, drafting, editing and illustrating, the parents, staff and other students will finally see what our young minds have created. Everyone seems excited forFriday and can’t wait to demonstrate their work. Some are pretty nervous of presenting but they don’t have to worry. The purpose of the camp is to help students embrace their abilities not only to write but to speak out their ideas and be the leaders of tomorrow. And they will not be alone because they will have the whole camp and their families to support them. From me to the readers, UNCG campers, or anyone with the anxiety to stand up and speak, remember whether in a page, picture or a speech, your voice matters. Just go out into the world, follow your heart and just be you. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”