After entering high school and throughout the years that have followed I have been involved in quite a few activities, being the most active in FBLA. My junior year I decided to become chairmen for a project called Moonlight Madness. Before I knew it I was working with the Chamber of Commerce, writing a lengthy report, and memorizing a speech! My group and I prepared for state and our hopes were high. The final day of state we were called up in front of everyone who was attending and it was announced that we were going to Nationals. The excitement burst out of us as we were walking back down the stage; here we come California!
We spent the next few months preparing for Nationals and left town on June 23rd. When our group arrived at the airport we came to the realization that this was real. As the plane landed we could all barely sit still, not knowing what to expect. This moment in time seemed so far way when we were told we were going to Nationals and here it was, exactly what we have been waiting for. Four states away, two plane rides from home; we were in Los Angeles, California! Coming from a town of around six thousand, seeing that city stretch on for what it seemed like forever was astonishing.
Each day of our trip lead to new experiences that I had never had before. The first day we went to the ocean, which was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. We spent the day just trying to soak it all in. After looking our from Huntington Beach I understood why so many people live there and I knew that I could easily be one of them some day.
Everywhere we went I could not take enough pictures! I did not want to forget anything that I saw; this is how the rest of my group felt too. We all knew that this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity and we gratefully took advantage of it.
The next experience was Disneyland, yet another place that I had never been. We arrived early in the morning and rode all the best rides first. Even though we were juniors and seniors in high school, we acted like young children. Some of us even waited for three hours just to meet the Disney Princesses! We all learned the best routes to the rides and even wore Mickey ears to complete our experience.
Hollywood and Beverly Hills were places I had only dreamed of going to. When I found out that it was part of our trip I was very excited. Beverly Hills was my absolute favorite and made stars and celebrities seem more down to earth and relatable than before. The shops and sores looked like places that I would love to look through. I pictured myself dining at the cafes and staying at the ritzy hotels.
This trip taught me so many different things, maybe even something different every day. At the beach I learned how to truly relax, at Disneyland I learned that sometimes it is okay to not act your age and at Hollywood and Beverly Hills I learned that stars are human beings just like the rest of us. FBLA Nationals showed me the benefits of working hard and a little glimpse of what the rest of the world has to offer. This trip was amazing and it will never be forgotten.
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