I went to this conference called the National Young Leaders Conference. I thought I would be able to go online there, but first, I left my power cord at home, and my mom had to mail it to me, and then I didn't have WiFi in my room, and none of that mattered anyway, because we woke up at six and were going until 10:30, at which point 4 girls had to use 1 bathroom to get ready for the next day (this usually took until 1 am). I had no time there and I did a lot of work and got no sleep and couldn't do any reading and it was.......THE. BEST. TIME. OF. MY. FREKKIN. LIFE.
No joke. No sarcasm. It was amazing!!
- Hearing Scott Beale, CEO and founder of Atlas Corps, speak, and getting to give a short spiel thanking him in front of about 330 other scholars.
- Visiting all the major memorials.
- Going to a workshop about Youth Venture.
- Meeting my representative's assistant.
- Seeing Diane Feinstein debate on the Senate Floor.
- Seeing John McCain. (Some other people said they saw a very annoyed John Kerry too)
- Sitting in the front row at the House of Congress, listening to Congressman Sanford Bishop speak.
- Listening to The Milton Jaques Press Panel (Nancy Ambrose among others)
- Having a Town Hall discussion on immigration and feeling so lucky to be in a room full of such intelligent teenagers. It was seriously amazing to be surrounded by intelligent people for 6 full days.
- Performing the duties of Minority Leader for the Republican party, including choosing talking points, reviewing amendments, and choosing debate speakers, opening and closing a Model Congress Simulation, and pumping up a crowd.
- Acting as an Associate Justice.
- Winning a booty shakin' dance contest at our farewell dinner cruise/dance.
- Meeting amazing kids from across the country who I am never going to forget.
- Discovering that I am far bolder than I ever imagined, far more outgoing than I ever imagined, and a much better leader than I ever imagined.
It's nice to be back, but it's bittersweet. I feel like I've crammed a month of life into six days. It was seriously one of the most mindblowing experiences out there. If you get invited to NYLC or GYLC, do it. Seriously.
Now that I'm back, I'm ready to start college applications, book reviews, interviews, and a zillion other things I've neglected for what feels like a lifetime.
Love to all the amazing followers who stuck by me in this long silent period and to the few people who actually began following me. Wowza.