Cataula, Georgia | 18 years old
My name is Curtis Cox and I am a recent high school grad from Georgia. I attended the fourth session of Summit Student Conferences in Colorado. You may wonder: what is Summit? At the beginning of the summer, I wondered as well. Having just graduated from high school, I realized that I was about to leave the shallows of life and embark upon one of its many seas. My grandparents, who saw my predicament, wanted to give me a gift that would prepare me for this transition. They called me one day and asked if I would like to go to Summit. Instantly skeptical, my first response was: what is Summit? They simply told me to look it up, so I did. I discovered that it was a two week long Christian summer camp with some pretty amazing activities such as rafting and hiking Pike’s Peak. I was immediately convinced!
The week before leaving, though, I became extremely doubtful regarding the worth of the camp. However, all fears were proven wrong. Upon arriving, one thing became apparent: everyone was nice. When I say everyone, I mean everyone. Even on the bus ride from the airport, one of the staff members, after learning my name, yelled, “That’s my friend Curtis!” In that moment, I fell in love with Summit even before arriving at the campus.
The first two days had to be the most joyful, slow days ever. They felt like they would never end, but in a good way. I didn’t want them to end. I was making friends whom I know I will be close to for the rest of my life. Although those days were long, they did end and gave way to even better, albeit quicker days.
Throughout the course of the week, there were many speakers and even more lectures. They taught of various worldviews, abortion, philosophy, and apologetics. At first, the classes were almost intimidating in the scope of their content, but I quickly learned how to keep up and indulge my inner intellect with constant knowledge.
Now that the session is over, I can look back over the last two weeks and realize that I am not the same person I was at the beginning. I may look the same, act the same, and annoy people just as much, but my heart has changed. I have purpose in my life. I know where I want to go, what I want to do; I have convictions about what I believe and my faith in Christ. I am now prepared to embark upon the many seas of life and I have my grandparents along with everyone at Summit to thank. My time there was both the best and the most important time in my life.