Word on the Street: An NCHC Experience

This summer I travelled to Bryce Canyon, Utah to spend a week at a bootcamp as a student editor of the NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. I arrived thinking the program would be a workshop to learn how to peer review and edit. However, we were surprised to additionally be given the enormous task of developing the journal! As a team and within committees, we had to brainstorm and organize the finite details of the journal from marketing and outreach, to the editing process, to the bigger decisions. Our supervisors gave us guidance, but we, the students, were given the responsibility for "taking ownership" of the publication. I was really proud of the work we accomplished on such an intensely large project, as well as the skills and dedication of all the students and supervisors. From a personal standpoint, it was a really great networking and professional development experience that allowed me to use a lot of my leadership, organizational, and communication skills on a higher level. I think it's safe to say that all of us students felt rewarded and are looking forward to seeing how our work to create the journal's infrastructure will pay off for honors students across the nation this coming year and for the life of the publication. I also had some very interesting experiences and many "firsts," including: conquering my fear of heights by sitting on the edge of the canyon, surviving camping and hiking, seeing the breathtaking views of Utah and the canyons, and going out west.

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