MIPA brings people together

Coming alone to MIPA can be a scary thought but to Huron High School senior Samantha Perry and International Academy senior Nancy Huang, it turned out to be more exciting than nerve-racking.

Being the only ones to represent their school and never attending MIPA before, they weren’t sure what to expect. After a couple days, they learned that the students here are extremely friendly and helpful.

“Everyone here is so nice,” Perry said. “I was worried about not having anyone to hang out with, but everyone invites you to sit with them or help you out with what you’re working on.”

About 400 students walked through the Shaw Hall doors for camp this year and about half of them didn’t know anyone. Many times MIPA coordinators choose roommates by pairing up students who signed-up for the same class or attend the same school.

“If we know someone is alone and they might struggle, we will try and do a little extra for them,” MIPA Office Director Sunny Weber said. “Sometimes we

will bring them extra goodies or check in with them more often.”

Since the first day, Perry and Huang have become really close by being roommates and both enjoyed attending the Bobby Hawthrone experience together.

“I’ve connected with a lot of people in my class. They’re all so amazing and really talented,” Huang said. “This whole experience has been so incredible and I have met many inspiring people.”

Roommates Samantha Perry and Nancy Huang discuss what they've learned from The Bobby Hawthorne Experience and how their writing has improved. They both didn't know anyone from the start but have made new friends and connections.

Roommates Samantha Perry and Nancy Huang discuss what they’ve learned from The Bobby Hawthorne Experience and how their writing has improved. They both didn’t know anyone from the start but have made new friends and connections.

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