Julie Jursik (2002-2010, S2012-2013)
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cabins: 2002: Happy Hollow, 2003: Robins, 2004, 2005: Wrens, 2006: Windy Lodge, 2007: Nutcracker, 2008: Club House, 2009: LT1, 2010: LT2, 2012: Nutcraker and LT (Counselor), 2013: LT (Head Counselor)
Education: Skidmore College; BA in political science with a minor in environmental studies
Occupation: Government Affairs Consultant
How did your adventure begin with Camp Lake Hubert? I first started going to Camp Lake Hubert when I was in the third grade. The credit goes to my mom for finding CLH. She was looking for a summer camp for my sister Sarah (2002-2008, S2010) and me that wasn’t focused on one activity or belief. I had such great time I came back for twelve years.
What were some of your favorite memories of Camp Lake Hubert? There are so many. As a camper, I absolutely loved being out on the water on the sailboats. It felt like a whole day would go by during the 2-hour sailing block. That’s where I made a lot of memories and that’s where I became very close to the girls I grew up with. Color Wars was by far my favorite special day and I have so many great memories from those days.
You were also a staff member? What was your favorite activity to teach and what cabins were you assigned? My favorite activity to teach was sailing. My first summer I was in Nutcracker and LT, and I was the head counselor for LT my second summer.
What did you like about being a staff member? It was some of the most challenging work I’ve ever done and by far some of the most rewarding. It was a time in my life when I felt was working the hardest, physically and emotionally. Feeling the impact we were all having on each other’s lives, both campers and staff, made all of the hard parts worth it. The connections I made as a camper and on staff are some of the most special connections and friendships that I have in my life to this day.
What are some of the things you learned at Camp Lake Hubert? The biggest skill I learned at camp that helps me in my job today is being able to work with other people and get along with others. It’s all those interpersonal skills you learn that seem to be the most invaluable and have followed me through my life and career. Camp teaches you to dive in and try, with the mentality that if you work hard and work smart you can accomplish a lot. Sometimes you don’t know where to start or how to do something but you have to jump in, do it, and get it done.
It reminds me of my favorite camp quote by Gilda Radner, “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity!”
What was one of your favorite camp meal or camp traditions? One of my favorite camp meals was doughnuts on special days, especially the doughnuts for Color Wars! It always a highlight.
I think one of my favorite camp traditions was vespers. I loved that time when you would be together with your friends in your cabin before bedtime, when everyone could unwind and reflect together. I loved how it really drew us all together and formed a community.
What did you love most about camp? What I love most is the friends and connections I made and how those continue to evolve and change as we get older. We are still able to connect because we have this common thread that ties us together. It’s just a special sort of friendship.
My biggest takeaway is the attitude that you can do anything if you try hard and put in your best effort. Also, getting along with others, being nice, learning to share and be patient with each other, learning to forgive, living with other people…these are important life skills you learn from being at camp.
Have you had any interesting travels with camp friends? Yes most recently some friends, Rachel Yamron (2003-2011, S2013), Jordan Dritz (2002-2011, S2013), Joyce Brennan (2006-2007, 2009-2011, S2013), Mamie Zwettler (2003-2011, S2013), and Kenny Witmer (2002-2008, S2013) and I had a reunion on a cabin on Gull Lake last September. Rachel Brawley, Marketing Director, showed us around CLH and we got to see some of the awesome upgrades. It was a special time to be back at camp and to be together again without the distractions of everyday life and work.
Where did life take you after being on the shores of Lake Hubert? I now live in New York City and work at a New York-based government affairs firm. Outside of work, I’m part of a group of young women forming a new organization called She Will Rise. She Will Rise is creating a new pipeline of women leadership and giving women the tools they need to be successful in their careers.
I’m also lucky that my roommate is one of my best friends. I’ve been living with Olivia Mansfield (S2013-2014) for three years and we have many more to come!