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An Interview With Our Coordinator Albert Balcells

Albert is yet another former camper turned staff member. Albert is entering his third year as a New Heights staff member. Albert came to Camp New Heights for just a week in 2018, but he returned in 2019 to do all six weeks. Albert's transformation was incredible to witness. Not only did Albert change physically and challenge himself everyday, he grew exponentially from a social and emotional standpoint that made him into a natural leader. Albert's charisma is second nature to him and it's a positive force that welcomes campers in and allows them to feel as though they belong in the New Heights' family.

Albert is currently a student at Cal State Northridge after transferring from UC Merced. His knowledge and determination have made him an excellent student and someone with major ambitions. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Albert was a standout soccer player throughout his high school years. If you're fortunate enough you can still catch a glimpse of his brilliance on the pitch in rec league on Sundays in the San Fernando area.

Interviewer: Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and your experience with Camp New Heights?

Albert: I am currently a full time college student, majoring in human biology. When i'm not at school I work part time at an after school for elementary kids. In my free time I like to play soccer, go to the gym and hang out with friends and family. In 2018 I had the opportunity to attend the camp as a camper, and I returned the following summer in 2019. Attending camp those two summers allowed me to make so many long lasting friendships and learn so much about nutrition and fitness.

Interviewer: What are your goals for 2023?

Albert: Throughout 2023 I want to continue working on my fitness and health goals. I also want to continue doing well in school.

Interviewer: What's something you want every camper to know about you?

Albert: What I want campers to know about me is that my main priority this summer is to ensure all campers enjoy their experience this summer and make lifelong memories and friends, as I did as a camper.

Interviewer: What motivates you to wake up every morning at 6:55am at camp?

Albert: What motivates me to wake up at 6:55 AM every morning is seeing the campers push themselves to their full potential to reach their goals everyday.

Interviewer: After this summer what's something you hope your staff and campers would say about you?

Albert: After this summer I hope the staff and campers will say that I have their best interest and genuinely care about this camp and everyone's time there.

Interviewer: What's your favorite area in Santa Barbara/Goleta?

Albert: My favorite area is my bed because I am exhausted after a long day of fun at camp!

Interviewer: Way too early predictions for song of the summer (2023)?

Albert: Just Wanna Rock -Lil Uzi Vert

Interviewer: What's your favorite period at camp?

Albert: My favorite period at camp is 4th-period soccer because it allows me to share my skills and knowledge about the sport with my students.

Interviewer: What's your favorite activity outside of camp to stay active?

Albert: My favorite activity to stay active outside of camp is playing organized soccer; I play every Friday and Sunday league team.

Interviewer: What's your favorite memory from all of your years at Camp New Heights?

Albert: My favorite memory from all of my years at Camp New Heights was attending JT's first period class as a camper.

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