Words from Summer 2013 Alumni, Rimsha. First of all, congratulations for making it to the Women’s Leadership Program at the Women’s Leadership Institute at Kansas University. The six weeks that follow will change your life for the best and I am not exaggerating when I say this. It’s nothing short of a movie where you are the star and the experiences you will have in the beautiful heartland. These six weeks will help you appreciate the beauty of diversity and different opinions. You will learn the importance of time and relationships. You will learn to cope with difficult situations without breaking under pressure. You will learn about the beauty of opportunity. You will learn the practice of adaptive leadership. But most importantly, you will discover yourself. It’s going to be nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, but you must hang in there and be strong. You are getting an opportunity to break free and overcome your fears, embrace the opportunity. You will get a chance to recolor your world with new realities, take it. One thing you should be prepared for at the Women’s Leadership Institute is an atypical environment. What’s exciting about the class room environment is that it’s nothing like an ordinary class room. It’s more of a boardroom meeting where each of you is a stakeholder, and this boardroom meeting will be one of the most crucial learning curves for you. You’ll learn how to work together in a team and resolve conflicts while keeping yourself oriented to the purpose. You will travel across the state of Kansas to learn about the culture and heritage of the countryside. You’ll get to experience the world’s best fireworks on Fourth of July. You’ll get to meet successful women of their respective fields who will mentor you and empower you. You’ll get to spend a culturally rich weekend with an American host family. I, surely had the most amazing discussions on women rights and the best home-cooked grilled salmon ever with my host family, and I’m sure so will you. It would be impossible for me to pick one favorite moment from those six weeks for me. From Zip lining, self-defense, jazzercise, to shopping at Oak Park Mall, eating at the Cheesecake Factory, to cooking and cleaning to the tune of ‘Just give me a reason’, the trip to the NCC, the liberty bell, the state capitol, the visit to the union station and The State Capitol and I can totally go on and on about it, because that’s just how memorable it gets. Remember, there are no wrong answers at the Women’s Leadership Institute. Leave behind your fears and gear up to have six weeks that will help you discover who you are and give you the liberty to realize your dreams and the courage to make them come true. You’ll make lasting friendships and no matter what the distance, you will always be connected by that special bond of love and warmth. Before you know it, you would be bidding farewell to your amazing sisters at WLI. So cherish each moment. You’re the star of this movie so don’t be afraid to shine bright!