Introducing Otter and Squirt!
Columbia Engineering 2016
Major: Chemical Engineering
Position: Cabin Counselor
My name is James Zhang but you can call me Otter! Why Otter? Because otters are so playful and active, this describes me well! Otters are always enjoying themselves and the company of others. With this enthusiasm I want to help make Camp Kesem an amazing and fun experience.
One of the first times I heard about Camp Kesem was from a close friend when he was fundraising on campus. I was very surprised by the unique style of their approach: some people would definitely find it embarrassing to participate in. Yet everyone was enjoying the fundraising, creating an atmosphere that was welcoming and fun while also driven with the same goal: to make Camp Kesem an experience these kids will never forget. After observing the Camp Kesem team and learning more about its mission, I was inspired to apply because of the resolve and contributions that each of these members brings forth. Before in the past I have worked and volunteered in many student groups, yet this is the first time I have seen the kind of enthusiasm that Camp Kesem members show constantly. I want to be able to contribute in my own special way to make Camp Kesem better, while also learning from fellow counselors and children to improve myself as well!
I am most excited about just being able to spend time and participate in activities with all the kids. Our goal at Camp Kesem is to create for these kids a summer camp and friends they will never forget, yet in this process we can make it just as memorable for ourselves as well. Through the teamwork and skills of the Camp Kesem members, we can create a week of fun and smiling faces these kids walk away with, knowing that through our hard work and dedication our camp was a success. We as Camp Kesem counselors would finish the week with more friends, more memories, and also excitement for the next camp to come. This is what I look forward to at Camp Kesem!
I look forward to making memories here at Camp Kesem with everyone!
Barnard College 2015
Major: Film Studies
Position: Drama Program Coordinator