Washington D.C. | My Family Travels
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As I boarded the plane I took one last look at my family waving goodbye to me. I looked to my left at my friends and they smiled at me. This was the first time I was going to be away from my family for an extended time and I thanked the heavens that I was going to have some company. We turned boarded the plane and waited for an adventure that would hopefully bring many exciting events.

I do not have many experiences that I can say were “life changing” but I do have one that was not only life changing but also helped me figure out a lot about life itself. This was my trip to Washington D.C. I was able to go on this trip with the Junior National Honor Society. I had a lot of first during this trip including my first time away from school, my first time on the plane and my first time interacting with so many different people.

When I first arrived in D.C. I walked into the hotel and there weren’t many people there but as soon as the dinner mingled came around there was so many people. That night I sort of kept to myself because I was so shy but I promised myself that I would come out of my shell. This trip helped me gain some independence because everyday I had to wake up at 6 in the morning by myself and had to get ready by my own will and then go to our morning workshops. I know this doesn’t seem like a huge accomplishment to many people but to someone that has had to be woken up by their parents everyday, it was. These workshops were project based and I had the chance to work with many different people from all over the nation. I had to learn how to work with a variety of personalities and somehow I was always the leader of the group so I had to learn how to keep everyone happy and working together.

We also got the chance to visit many different historical monuments and museums that I probably would not have seen f I did not attend this program. My favorite was the Lincoln memorial since it is an iconic monument and has been in so many movies and on the media. One thing I will also remember is the Vietnam Veteran Memorial, because seeing all those people that died and it was the longest American war, yet it doesn’t receive any credit.

This experience helped me learn so much about myself. I helped me learn that I have no problem stepping up to the plate and taking a leadership role, that I enjoy traveling on a plane and going to new places, that I am very versatile and can adapt to many situations, and that I can work well with many different personalities. I hope that I will be able to go on another trip like this because I learned many things and went through many situations that helped build my character to what it is today.

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