Thursday, July 17, 2014

Inspired by Scholars: An NSHSS Event at UC, San Diego

Back at the end of May, we had the opportunity to attend a special event put on by the National Society of High School Scholars (or NSHSS). This prestigious group of scholars is member-only and founded by Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established Nobel prizes. 

Background image courtesy NSHSS
You can see my daughter right below the "r" in "our" up there, as all the scholars were asked to stand in recognition excelling in academics. It's always great to get a pat on the back,
or applause from a room full of people. =0)

The NSHSS mission: To recognize academic excellence and inspire youth.

It's hard to believe it's already been seven weeks since this awesome event, but it has. I couldn't put it off any longer, I had to share this with you today. Otherwise, my daughter would tell me that "it's just too late to post, Mom." So here we go...

My daughter was invited to become a member last year in 2013 because of her nomination for participating in and affiliation with National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) in Medicine, now a part of what is called Envision: a Leadership, Scholarship & Career resource group for academically excelling students. You can read about her experience with NYLF here.

NSHSS held an event at University of California, San Diego. We went and learned about career opportunities with the CIA (really interesting, btw), heard exceptional speakers (Claes Nobel being one of them), recognized outstanding educators, and saw some inspiring scholars win hard-earned scholarships for their work throughout the year. If you're following me on Instagram, you might have seen some posts (OK, you can look here and here).

Photo Courtesy of NSHSS
Claes Nobel speaking at the event.
Passionate about environmental issues, he greeted the group with the words,
"Good Earth to you," and I will always remember that.

My daughter had the chance to meet Mr. Claes Nobel and snap a photo with him. The whole experience was really eye-opening, because there are so many inspirational people within this group. If you think you can't make a difference in the world at all, you definitely think twice when you see what these kids have done in their communities, and what they continue to do for society as a whole. They fight against bullying. They support cancer research in incredible ways. They work hard in academics and in life, all in hopes that they will go to college and learn even more to better the world even more. There is a thirst for success. A drive to do the unthinkable. Everyone in that room was inspiring. Everyone.

Photo Courtesy NSHSS
I had tried to snap a shot with my camera phone, but I was too slow
(as I am most of the time when it comes to snapping photos).

I'm so glad that we had the chance to attend. Part of the mission of NSHSS is to inspire youth, but the organization really inspires adults too. Our family is so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something so special.

We were also able to tour the UC San Diego campus. This was really fun! It's a beautiful campus, and it's right next to the ocean. My favorite part of the tour was seeing the Geisel Library. It's just awesome. Here are a few photos for you. And you can always see more by taking the virtual tour here.

This Dr. Suess tribute is just outside the library doors.

You can see this from the library, and it's another big attraction, as far as the campus tour goes. I forget what it's called, but you can actually go inside of it on certain days of the week.
Pretty cool!

The amazing view, just a short walk from the campus.
We ventured here when the day was done, before we headed back to LA.

After the campus tour, my daughter was tired of wearing her business attire (and the heels she wore). We hit up the student store, where she chose this outfit to sport the rest of the day.

As for the rest of our SoCal trip in May, you'll have to wait another day. I didn't have time to find all the photos and get them organized and ready for this post. (There really aren't enough hours in the day sometimes!) So stay tuned, because it's coming soon. 

Have you been inspired by a younger generation? 
Give me the deets! Tell me in a comment below.
We can be inspired by a baby's laugh, a toddler's curiosity, a child's imagination. We can learn from the smallest of things, even a simple phrase: "Good Earth to you." The quote at the top of this page is also quote from Claes Nobel himself, and it rings true. The youth IS our future. 

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Melissa at said...

What a cool event! You must be so proud of your daughter!

Lana L. said...

What an amazing experience! I love UC San Diego. Congratulations to your daughter!

Elisha Albretsen @ Pneumatic Addict Furniture said...

I grew up in San Diego. UCSD was where all the "smart" kids went to school.

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Sounds and looks like an amazing experience, and I'd love to wander around that library.

decorathome said...

Seems to have been a great experience and a fantastic trip. And what a wonderful view! I would love to go there myself one day.

Natalia Khon said...

Fantastic event and great post, Kim! I hope for events like this in my child's future too :)

lorenabr said...

Great event!

katiecupcakes said...

Wow, Kim!! Many congratulations to your daughter! What an honor!!

Kristin Aquariann said...

Awesome opportunity! Nice campus, too - I adore that they have a Dr. Seuss sculpture.

La Vie En May said...

Awesome! UC San Diego looks so beautiful! Is that where she will be attending? College is so exciting! She will love it.

Kelly Michelle said...

That's pretty neat! Congrats to your daughter and all her achievements! Also, that San Diego shore looks gorgeous! This is exactly why I went into teaching.. to make a difference in young lives, so then they could do the same for others. Great post! :)

mail4rosey said...

How wonderful for you and your daughter! I can see you're clearly a proud mama, and with great reason!

Hena Tayeb said...

sounds like a great event.. must have been a wonderful experience