My E2 Camp experience

Honestly, I don’t really remember how I found out about E2 Camp.

I would like to say that I read about it through the newsletter but it also could’ve been through the stalking that I was doing about the Fulton Schools. But either way, attending this camp has provided me a different perspective towards my experience here at ASU. This is probably the push that I need as the first semester novelty of studying in the USA wears off.

A couple days before camp, I was somewhat reluctant to go to the camp because I was anxious about what I was supposed to do. I did not attend E2 Camp before so being a one-up level compared to the campers is a difficult task. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do, I was given a schedule, a handbook and also paired up with a co-counselor but even then, some things are just hard to do without prior experience.

What is E2 Camp?

According to the ASU microsite, E2 camp is

E2 is an exciting way to jump-start your success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.You will meet other students, faculty, and staff and learn skills that are important to your success as a Fulton student through a variety of fun and interactive activities. Upperclassmen, faculty, and staff serve as resources to students during E2.

As I said earlier, I did not attend E2 Camp during my freshmen year and I kicked off my E2 Camp experience as a counselor. The description provided online is pretty spot on. The general theme of the activities is teamwork, communication and some good-ol fun.

Comparing the activities during E2 with the freshmen level courses that I took last semester, there is a lot of similarities in terms of what they teach. First and foremost has got to be the Fulton Difference. Things like the tutoring center, professor office hours, undergraduate research, job opportunities were heavily talked about in most of my classes in the Spring semester. And to no surprise, there was talk about mostly the same things during certain E2 Camp activities.

But beyond the planned activities, there was actually quite a big chunk of free time allocated during the camp. That time was not only there to give groups the opportunity to discuss about the group cheer but it is also the time where campers and counselors alike are given the opportunity to mingle around ourselves or to approach faculty.

Was it worth the time?

For the most part, yes.

I can tell you that my ideal representation of E2 is having a group of motivated freshmen students that are passionate about camp and want to win. But that clearly did not happen because life doesn’t always give me what I want. Overall, I did eventually come to like my group after a couple of activities. I would have like to to talk to them individually about their plan for the academic year but I didn’t have the time to do that.

Nevertheless, the individual conversations that I did have with my campers ended up being a fulfilling one. It was definitely a privilege to be able to share my experience with a willing party and provide feedback about the expectations that other people had.

Other than having these conversations with my group members, I also had the opportunity to meet and talk with faculty that I would never get to speak in person if it weren’t for E2. People like the Mr Fulton (didn’t get to speak to him but I did get to see him in person), Dean Squires, staff from the Dean’s office, Professors from different Engineering schools and alumni.

Round 2?

Funny thing is that I did not know that this was some sort of competition between different groups up until I started reading the counselor handbook. All is not lost but I will be going for a second round of E2 later next week and I a hope that my experiences during the first camp will help me better lead my campers.

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