TSA National Conference - My Family Travels

Imagine for a moment, being at one moment in the air, flying so high you can see the plane’s shadow in the clouds, and then at another moment waiting impatiently for your hotel room at the Sheraton in Denver. Next, imagine going from rushing to and from competitive events, fighting for a spot on the elevator, to relishing a relaxing dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Finally, envision going from cheering your chapter members on as they are recognized for their accomplishments, to being welcomed back home to Richmond by your friends and family.

This was my experience over the most interesting and challenging four days of my summer vacation. My trip to denver, Colorado for the Technology Student Association (TSA) National Conference helped me to grow in ways I could scarcely imagine. Now, most children in my position would assume that this trip would merely be an excuse to get out of the state for some sight-seeing. But in reality, the mental preparation for this event severely diminished all thoughts of trivial matters such as shopping. One could really say the experience was more of a business trip than a vacation. But, as in all business trips, there were moments of frivolity intertwined with the seriousness of the situations.

During the four days of events, commotion and more than a little hostility were in the air. The elevators were crowded and of little use; the hotel staff were stressed and impatient with their young guests; older guests complained constantly about the noise that emitted from mixers and heated events. I loved every second of it. Not only were the events themselves stimulating, but getting there in itself taught me lessons in time management and patience. I doubt most people could say that rather than being relaxing, their vacation was mentally challenging.

Of course, there wwas time for fun. Everyday after events, my chapter members and i walked the streets of downtown Denver looking for anything and everything to do. Whether it was shopping at the 16th Street Mall or visiting the art museum, we were never bored during our free time.

Finally, our time in Colorado came to an end, as all good things do. The magic of the events had gone. All that was left was the anticipation of our return trip home and the hope that the next national TSA conference would be even better with even greater experiences.

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