Chloe Wegrzynowicz: Girl Scouts creates spark in building confidence in self and in helping others
Taking the time to learn about some of GSHPA’s Alumni is probably, hands-down, one of the most favorite aspects of my work here in the marketing and communications department for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania.
The day-to-day duties are also rewarding, but when I get a chance to learn more and be inspired by our members, especially those Girl Scouts that have taken action to the next level, it’s the perfect reboot that I need.
The story of Harrisburg native and recent high school graduate, Chloe Wegrzynowicz, is one such reboot. Here’s her story in the making. She speaks loudly for those who might need a voice. We are lucky to have her in our ranks.
GSHPA: Tell us a little about yourself: Where did you grow up? Siblings? Your current schooling and your career track.
CHLOE: I am from Central Pennsylvania, but was born in Harrisburg, PA. I have a younger sister and three half-brothers. I am especially close with my sister Haley. I am currently enrolled at Emory University (Go Eagles!). I will hopefully be double majoring in Spanish (BA) and Philosophy, Politics, and Law (BA PPL) or Spanish (BA) and Anthropology & Biology (BS). After Emory, I aspire to continue my education and become an immigration lawyer or oncologist. I’m a little unsure yet but I definitely want to use my life to learn more and help others.
GSHPA: What are some of your favorite memories regarding your Girl Scout experience?
CHLOE: Being a Girl Scout was one of my favorite things from high school. I made some of my best friends through Girl Scouts. Every fall we would go to a festival, which was especially memorable. My favorite memories are the ones in which I was with my sister scouts, which is just about all of my memories. But, I wouldn’t be where I am without their support and encouragement.
GSHPA: Has your experiences in Girl Scouting affected your leadership style/experience now. If so, can you explain?
CHLOE: Yes. Before I joined Girl Scouts I was incredibly shy. However, when I went to my first meeting everyone was kind and open to hearing what I had to say. Throughout the years, I learned to have a voice, which has helped me to be a better leader. Now, I have the confidence to be who I am, as I am, and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
GSHPA: Tell us a bit about your Gold Award project.
CHLOE: I wanted to address bullying, and more specifically peer pressure as it relates to self-validity amongst high school students. There was a great deal of bullying, peer pressure, depression, and party-culture at my high school, and I wanted to do something to address that. Confidence was something I also really struggled with, especially as a Type One Diabetic I often felt very self-conscious. After two of my peers passed away, I decided to dedicate my project to helping students “Believe” in themselves. I painted a mural inspired by one of my favorite quotes by Dante Alighieri, “From a Little Spark May Burst a Flame”. I also filmed a documentary addressing how exactly those issues affected students from three different schools/backgrounds. Lastly, I gave a speech in front of my student body about my experiences with confidence and the path to learning to not only love others but to love yourself, too.
GSHPA: What are some ways you can recommend participating in the Girl Scouts as a volunteer?
CHLOE: There are so many ways to volunteer with Girl Scouts. I think the best way to volunteer is to go through the Girl Scouts webpage. Troops need help with field trips, cookie sales, and sometimes guest speakers for badges. It’s also nice to give advice to younger Girl Scouts who are looking to work for a Gold Award.
GSHPA: If you have any particular hobbies that you would like to share, we would love to hear about them!
- I love creative writing. It is one of my favorite things to do.
- I also exercise every day; I love lifting and yoga especially. My goal is to learn Titthibasana
- I play the piano for fun and am currently teaching myself the Ukulele.