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LEAD America

FxImpeccableFxImpeccable Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
How many people, on average, attend LEAD America for one session
(I'm intending to attend Global Business and Entrepreneurship)?

Do you guys recommend that I attend this program over the summer (10days)
Would it be worthwhile spending nearly $2500 for this program?

Suggestions and comments please.
Thanks in advance
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Replies to: LEAD America

  • FxImpeccableFxImpeccable Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    anyone know how many ppl attend dis summer program?
  • ceecee003ceecee003 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    Hi. I attended LeadAmerica this summer, but for Medicine and Healthcare. I had a great time. If you're looking for something really academic, this probably isn't the best, but we did get a good idea of the profession, and opportunities for careers. I think my conference had 300 people in it, and we shared a college campus with the business conference, which I think was a little smaller than ours. Hope that helps. Feel free to PM me with any Q's, although I would only know about the Med & heathcare one. :)
  • Danielle SullyDanielle Sully Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Thinking about attending Med & Healthcare this summer, was it worth the money?.

    Do you think it will make a difference with college admissions?

    Would you do it again?
  • ceecee003ceecee003 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member

    To answer your Q's:
    1. Was it worth the money?
    A: Well, it depends what you want to go for. It isn't difficult academically (at all, really). There's no homework, and the only work you do really is discussing your simulation (which does require critical thinking etc) and taking notes and learning during the presentations (for example, about diabetes, organ groups, medical ethics, etc.) You WILL learn new information, and be able to dissect a heart and learn how to take blood pressure and learn about lots of medical careers. You WON'T have bookwork, tests, or any real academic pressure. It was a great experience in that sense, and also in the social sense. I met a lot of great people with the same interests as me, and no, they weren't all rich brats. There were some genuinely nice people, and it's an awesome experience to live on your own (in a supervised environment of course) and make your own decisions (even the little ones). For me, this was enough to make it worth it. Where before this I had been more of the shy type, this conference made me open up more and discover how to present myself and meet new people.

    2. Will it make a difference with college admissions?
    A: This is really a two-fold answer. On the one hand, it WILL look good that you actually did something with your summer and didn't sit around doing nothing. Colleges will also like that you were exploring your career interests as early as junior or even sophomore year.On the other hand, many highly selective colleges look at LeadAmerica and other similar programs as something that any kid whose parents have money to spend can go to. Some colleges DO see it that way and don't place any great significance on it. What I'm planning on doing is writing one of my college essays on it, and describe how it affected me etc etc, to show them that it wasn't just mommy and daddy shelling out big bucks to get rid of me for two weeks. So basically, they DO like that you did something with your summer, but they would like MORE that you did something that required real merit (as opposed to just lots of money) to attend.

    3. Would you do it again?
    A: I loved the experience, and it was a great time for me to learn all about medicine and healthcare and myself... however, I wouldn't pay that much again. And plus, I'd be learning the same thing if I went to a Medicine and Healthcare conference again anyway. So basically, it's a good thing to do once.

    Hope that helped.
  • snowspudsnowspud Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    Could you tell me the grade the majority of the students attending the Medical Conference were in. My son really wants to go but is a rising sophmore and I am concerned that it might be too early to do this. As you indicated it is probably a one time thing. DOes anyone know how this compares to Youth Leadership Conference on Medicine. It appears the two organizations are copy cats of each other to me.
    Thanks for your insight
  • CC AdminCC Admin Administrator Posts: 32,346 Senior Member
    Basically, this stuff is a waste of time. If you can attend any other summer program that is either free or will pay YOU, please attend those. They are MUCH more prestigious than this LeadAmerica. What a scam!
  • HisGraceFillsMeHisGraceFillsMe Registered User Posts: 4,782 Senior Member
    It was not a waste of time AT ALL. I just attended the CSI Conference at San Diego State University from June 29th through July 30th, and it was the best 10 days of my life. It was expensive, but in my opinion it was worth every cent. The Team Leaders told us that we got hands-on experience that some of them had never gotten, and they were in Grad School!

    There were about 140 students at my conference. To answer the ages question, most of the students at my conference were about 16-17. ie, rising sophomores/juniors, though there were cases like me who were just young or old for their grade (I am 16 and a rising Senior).

    I agree with ceecee003...colleges like it when you do things with your summer, and they ESPECIALLY like leadership training.

    As for jshi21...I'd like to see evidence of these so-called programs that are free or that pay you, because I've been to some prestigious events and none of them were free or paid me. It sounds to me like THOSE are the scams.

    I say if you get the opportunity to attend a LeadAmerica program, do it. I hope this helps! Feel free to contact me with any further questions, I'd be more than happy to help. :)
  • SHS_SpartanSHS_Spartan Registered User Posts: 943 Member
    I didn't go to a LEADAmerica one, but I went to NYLF Medicine and I agree, best 10 days of my life. You learn so much about medicine and about making friends. It's an experience I'd love to have again, but it's a lot of money.
  • ponnanponnan Registered User Posts: 320 Member
    I went to NYLF MED w/ a scholarship, and I thought it was pretty cool. But jshi21 is correct in stating there are programs that are free, but the only problem with these programs is that they are EXTREMELY selective.
  • PediatricHopefulPediatricHopeful Registered User Posts: 297 Junior Member
    I went to NYLF MED too..in Philly.
  • ponnanponnan Registered User Posts: 320 Member
    Hey, so did I! I was 3rd session.
  • SHS_SpartanSHS_Spartan Registered User Posts: 943 Member
    Hey I went to Philly too...2nd session.

    What group were you guys in?
  • ponnanponnan Registered User Posts: 320 Member
    I was Hippocrates in 3rd session Philly
  • SHS_SpartanSHS_Spartan Registered User Posts: 943 Member
    Oh I was in Lister
  • mamatatamamatata Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    What does CSI stand for?
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