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4 things you might bring back from VinUni Leadership Bootcamp

Keep calm and be a changemaker!

Welcome to Leadership Bootcamp!

On September 6, 9, and 12, three groups of VinUni students went to Soc Son to participate in a training course organized by VinUni in cooperation with IOGT Vietnam as a part of LEAD1030 course. That two-day and one-night training session gave us a lot of memory, and here's what we took home besides our certificate of completion.

1. Bruises

At Leadership Bootcamp, we've been through a dozen of different challenges, most requiring us to push our motor nervous system to the limit. Of course, we also have to use intelligence, flexibility, teamwork, and many other things to complete the challenge, but in my opinion, physical strength still accounts for most, and because of that, injury is inevitable.

As a non-athletic person, I also had to come home with an exhausted body with bruises and scratches everywhere. They will recover in a few days, but I will not tolerate anyone telling me they are "nothing serious", because I almost couldn't get out of bed the next morning, and because they are proof of my hard work. I consider these bruises a badge of courage, and I'm sure you will too.

At least until I remember the real “hell” is yet to come…

2. Dirt

Besides the challenges I mentioned above, Leadership Bootcamp has another "specialty", which is a 3-hour trekking on a mountain.

When I read the schedule, I assumed that it was just a fun march with pre-built concrete paths, so I put on my usual shoes instead of the ones that were provided (also because my feet are size 36 and those shoes are size 40). However…well, I think you know what happened.

One of the challenges in the trekking...yes, just one.

Summarizing the difficulties we went through with less than 100 words is impossible, but I can give you some advice in case you also have to climb this mountain: Please wear the shoes you are given, or bring a pair of shoes with non-slip soles, unless you want to become a dumbbell for the team and have to repair your shoes like me.

3. Relationships

I don't know if any romantic relationships have sprung up from this trip, but non-romantic relationships are certainly innumerable. The reason for that is we had to work for two days and one night in a team with completely random members, including people who are close to us, people we barely know, and people we had not contacted yet. More than ten Sapiens with all personalities, strengths, and weaknesses, were forced to cooperate with each other, to trust and help each other with all their mind, because all challenges emphasize that “all team members must pass or the team will fail”.

It was extremely difficult at first since most members didn't know each other well enough to form trust. But gradually, that forced belief turned into a real belief, then became more and more stable until the last challenge, to the point that I, a person who used to act personally, had to think "if it’s him/her, then it will be okay" and give the spotlight to my teammates instead of continuing to handle things by myself.

Fighting! You can do it! We believe in you!

I can't say for sure that after this trip, we'll still stay close (because we studied at different institutes and faculties), but I'm sure this trust will always live on. We will always remember that we were part of an amazing team, with wonderful teammates who helped each other through the tough challenges at Leadership Bootcamp.

4. Experiences

“Leadership Bootcamp” is a trip full of good memories, though we should not forget that the main goal of the course is to train us the “L” in “EXCEL”, “Leadership Spirit”, how to become a true leader, as well as how to work in a team.

Maybe the challenges there will not appear in real life (well, I hope so, because most of them included flash floods and bridge building), but that doesn't mean the lessons learned from those challenges are useless. For example, during a challenge, I realized that when I have an idea, I need to speak up, because it could be the answer we are looking for. Or in another challenge, I learned that we should not spend too much time planning, because if we don't test our idea, we won't be able to know if it's feasible or not, and where it goes wrong, thereby finding the most optimal plan to get the job done. Assertive, reliable, enterprising - these are all essential elements to make a leader. We learned them from the Leadership Bootcamp, and our mission is to apply them when we become the leader of another team.

Thank you all for the great experience!

These are the things I brought back from my Leadership Bootcamp experience. How about you? What did you bring back from Soc Son or expect to have in there? Please let us know in the comment.




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