Every year we bring in new facilitators with new energy and ideas for innovation and improvements to the program. All facilitators are past RYLArians who have completed the leadership development program and therefore bring in a fresh perspective. They also have to go through an application process and interview before they get a place on the team.
It is our absolute pleasure to welcome one of our latest recruits to the RYLA 2017 team, Sam Glazebrook!
We asked Sam to share some insights with us…
- If you could take one thing with you and be stranded on an island, what would it be?
Probably a bed because I love a good sleep in!!
- Would you rather read a good book or watch a good TV show?
A good book, there’s nothing like going on a journey inside your own mind.
- What is your go to road trip song?
Queen: Don’t stop me now
- What was the most awkward moment of your life?
The list of moments is long and distinguished, but I can’t go past trying to practice my language skills. When I was in Germany I sat down next to someone on a train, trying to embrace the local tongue, I thought I said thank you when I had actually said good bye! Never was there a more confused person!!
- What would you give up, chocolate or music?
Chocolate. There are other sweet things to eat but music is the sound track of life. Couldn’t live without it.
- What is your greatest fear? And would you embrace that fear for 12 hours for $1000?
Definitely a fear of confined spaces but I hope that I would be up to challenge of embracing it for 12 hrs.
- If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I really enjoyed my time in Copenhagen, Denmark so I’ll say there.
- What did you want to be when you were young?
A fighter pilot, that dream was crushed when I was 17 and found out I was to tall to fly jets.
- If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Teleportation, sitting in traffic would be a thing of the past.
- If you could travel in time where would you go?
Probably the renaissance. To be in a time when so much exploration and discovery was occurring would be very exciting.
- What motivates you to get up in the morning?
- What is the first thing you notice in someone?
Usually their confidence. If they are really confident it’s easy to strike up a conversation.
- What do you find funny that others might not?
Really bad dad jokes
- If you could go back in time and re do one thing what would it be?
My week at RYLA….. Obviously, what other choice is even worth considering?
- What is your pet peeve?
As a person who studies science, when people or companies try to pass the phrase “based on scientific evidence” off as a guarantee that there product will be good. (Weird, I know).
- What was the worst thing you ever did as a kid?
For what I can say here I once spilt coffee all over my dads brand new several hundred dollar photographs.
- What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Peanut M&M’s!! They are my worst eating habit by far.
- What is your go to movie for a rainy day?
“The dark night” is hard to go past, if I’m looking for something a little more light hearted most rom-coms’ will suffice.
- What would you have on your tombstone?
Well I’m donating my body to science so probably a forwarding address to wherever I’m being stored if people want to come and visit.
Read more about Sam…
Being born and raised in the beautiful Blue Mountains and now studying medical science at Western Sydney University. From the earliest of ages he showed a love of talking and slowly through his high school years this was shaped into an end product of leadership. Throughout school Sam sought to take on every opportunity from sports to debating, musicals and academia. This culminated in Sam being a member of the Rotary supported National Youth Science forum in 2014. From there Sam started a relationship with Rotary that saw him be invited to the Euroscience open forum in Copenhagen, Denmark and in 2016 he attended RYLA.
Throughout his experiences Sam has developed a love of people, hearing their stories and learning about their lives. From this he has sought to help others. In 2015 he began coaching a local sporting team, being a group leader at a local school leadership camp before now taking on his first year as a RYLA facilitator. Sam hopes to continue helping people by training to become a doctor after his medical science degree. Beyond his community activities Sam loves cheering his heart out for the Parramatta Eels, playing netball and is a terrible dancer (this is often on display).
As Sam’s biggest weakness is Peanut M&M’s, perhaps bribery may work in your favour 😉