Before, I knew it I was laying on my back! Let me take a step back. Red rover, yes red rover, there were over 70 girls playing red rover by the flag pole and it was my turn to go. Ready, set, go. I darted between two girls and before I knew it I was laying on my back on the ground. I have just experienced the cruel embarrassment of being close lined. Where was this cruel embarrassment? Oklahoma Girls State!
I was selected along with one other girl in my county to attend Oklahoma Girls State in Norman, Oklahoma. I went there not knowing anyone of the 416 girls who attended. At first it was terrible! I fought to try to keep my dad there so I wouldn’t be alone. But in the end, it was time to say goodbye and face the fact I was going to have to stay one week on my own.
The week was very intense. From the running from one building to other, learning how the government system works, and officials being selected into office. I was very pleased when I was selected into a state office. I had worked hard campaigning and won the position of Auditor and Inspector. As a result, I was allowed to meet my counter part at the state capitol, have lunch with the Lt. Governor, and tour the Governors mansion. I was a great experience where not very people are so lucky to do.
Not only was the trip fun, but it was also educational. I learned how government works and how teens need to be more involved and become aware of issues facing our country. We also learned how women are not very involved in our working government today and how we need to get involved. Because of attending Girls State, I learned that our nation is important and it’s a good experience to meet people you’ve never met before. In conclusion, Girls State has taught me how to work with others and communicate better. I experienced things I have never experience any where else.
In the end when we met at the flag pole to retire the colors, it wasn’t about the games of red rover, or the silly songs we would sing. It was how we all worked together like are own little government. How we too can make a difference.
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