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LEAPing ahead of the pack

Friday, 31 August 2012


In today’s world it can be hard to make your mark. Three ECU students are hoping to get ahead of the pack, thanks to the Leadership, Excellence and Achieving YOUR Potential (LEAP) Conference in the United States.

The international conference is designed to teach high school and university students both personal and academic ways to gain a seven-year ‘LEAP’ on success.

Emily Cribb, Amalee Oliver and Sean Duffy attended the conference alongside 500 fellow students. The event was filled with high profile national and international leaders in a range of areas, from politics to entertainment.

Guests included Grammy award-winning producers, business entrepreneurs, entertainers and political leaders, including Perth’s very own Lord Mayer Lisa Scaffidi.

“We met Paula Abdul which was great fun. She told of her experiences, struggles and successes and was really encouraging and great to listen to,” Emily said.

Student Amalee found the event inspiring.

“I am excited that I now truly believe in my goals, my future and my potential for success. I started the week at LEAP very unconfident and shy and at the end I came out confident, happy and believing in myself.”

Although the conference days were long, the real life skills the students learned were invaluable.

“The experience was surreal and has given me the confidence to not only chase my dreams, but also the inspiration to actually start to make it happen,” Sean said.

While in America, students also witnessed firsthand the differences between American and Australian culture.

“One difference that stood out to me is that in America it is more acceptable to talk about your achievements and successes, where Australians are sometimes apprehensive because we feel like we’re showing off,” Amalee said.

“I have learned that it is good to talk about your achievements because it can motivate others to be the best they can be.”

The students are looking forward to putting their skills into practise now that they’re back in Perth. ECU student Emily will remain in the United States, to complete an exchange semester at the University of Northern Colorado.

For more information about overseas study opportunities, visit the Study Overseas website or attend the next Student Exchange Information Session on Wednesday, 5 September from 12-12:30pm at Mount Lawley (18.106) and from 12:30-1pm at Joondalup (4.238).

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