Abby McPhail’s HOBY Experience

As an ambassador, I came to HOBY hoping to have a good time and maybe learn a thing or two; I had no idea that HOBY would end up having such a huge impact on my life. I learned more than I ever thought I would, and left wanting to be a better person in all aspects of my life. I learned that leadership and service go hand in hand. It inspired me to strive to always be on the lookout for ways to serve others. I got to meet and interact with inspiring leaders and role models as well as receive great advice from them. I was able to make some really great friends. And lastly, I gained a whole new appreciation for the word OUTSTANDING.
The following year as a member of the J-staff, I learned even more. I got to see up close the great amount of time, care, effort and teamwork that goes into planning each of these seminars. I am inspired by the amazing volunteers who continue to make this experience available, and I am so grateful for the people that made my HOBY experience what it was because it gave me skills and motivation that I will use for the rest of my life.