Senior Spotlight: Ribbon

Hey Kesem! I’m Kelly, or Ribbon, and I’m from Gurnee, Ill. I will graduate next month with a degree inRibbon communication sciences and disorders and then continue on to get my masters in speech language pathology at the University of Iowa.

I joined Camp Kesem UW-Madison my freshman year after hearing about it from an older friend involved with CKIU. My friend knew UW-Madison was starting a chapter so she encouraged me to get involved. This will be my fourth summer at camp, and I have been the outreach coordinator on the CKUW executive board for 3 years.

Kesem has been a very meaningful and memorable part of my college experience. I learned what it means to be truly passionate about something and how to display that passion. Camp is one of the few things I feel comfortable talking to anyone about, and through the stories of our amazing campers, I can share how wonderful this organization is. I will take the lessons of leadership, passion and organization I have learned from my involvement in CKUW with me in the future. I met some of my closest college friends through camp and I know our friendships will continue even after I leave Madison.

As I start to transition to my new life in Iowa, I will miss all of the counselors and campers. I will miss check-in and seeing all the excitement and anticipation on campers’ and counselors’ faces. I will miss the sigh of relief knowing that the hard work of the past year is all worth it when we see the kids’ smiling faces.

Looking forward to camp,

Ribbon

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