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     This past summer, I had the most unforgettable experience of my entire life.  During my vacation, I became a better leader and learned to value life for everything that it is.  This experience will undoubtedly stick with me forever.
     I embarked on a trip to Washington D.C., the nation’s beautiful capitol, to be a part of the Washington Leadership Conference.  Through the FFA Organization, I filled out an application to attend the Washington Leadership Conference.  A month later, I received a $550 scholarship to represent my state and my local FFA chapter in a once in a lifetime experience.
     The Washington Leadership Conference is designed to dig deeper into what it means to be an authentic leader.  The focus was to develop every individual’s leadership skills, learn to build relationships, and solve problems occurring in our every day world.  I learned how to live with character and develop an attitude to serve others.
     This conference was run in such a manner that if you opened yourself up to be inspired, you would go home changed forever.  In the group sessions, I learned what it took to help others around me.  Issues such as poverty, hunger, storm damage, and disease were addressed and became a common concern throughout the entire group.  There were sessions of brainstorming and collaboration to make our own plans to help others.  They were called L.T.S. plans; Living To Serve plans.  The most beneficial part about making Living To Serve plans was I discovered a need.  This was a need that many desired and needed my help. 
          A small community on the south side of Washington D.C. is in dire need of suitable educational facilities and exposure to nature.  As our service project while at the conference, we took a great journey to help those with the need in Washington D.C.  Everyone worked together to clear paths, clean up brush, and gather garbage on the small island.  Because of our contribution, educational facilities and nature paths can under-go construction. 
    The W.L.C. staff explained and demonstrated how to be a better leader.  The attitudes, characteristics, and commitments of a leader were brought into new lights.  I was instantly filled with a passion to serve and become a better leader.  An activity that made a great difference was one in which every person had to write on thing that either limits or holds them back as a leader.  All of the thoughts were placed inside a metal bowl and burned.  This symbolizes that as a leader, I now have no limitation to how much I can accomplish or how big of a difference I can make.  After this experience, I know I am ready to be the best leader I can be. I want to set others up for success and guide them to making a difference in other people’s lives.
     I will never forget the adventure I had and the great friends I made along the way.  I have met some of the most inspirational people, and their impressions will never leave y side.  I will never forget the effect the conference had on me and the responsibility it instilled in me.  I was influenced in the best way possible and have undoubtedly changed forever.  I believe in living with passion and serving with pride. I am now a leader for life, and my experiences will never be forgotten.

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