One of my greatest leadership experiences was a trip that I strived to achieve and won, from an essay contest, that gave me a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Washington D.C. To qualify to for this journey, I wrote an essay about alternative energy and the United States’ need for stomping down climate change. I was very familiar with discussion about the environment because it was always a big part of my family’s interests and activities. I focused on three different types of renewable energy to help reduce the widespread emissions constantly going into our atmosphere. I was notified that I was an alternate to go and fortunately, one of the kids that was also accepted was presented with a higher opportunity, thus I was added to the list of participants going. It was a weeklong trip and it was a fantastic learning experience that was the best educational expedition I’ve ever been on.
When I was in D.C I knew that I had the responsibility and opportunity to both represent my peers, high school, and community and talk about the issues that face us. I met with our state senators and it was the perfect chance to ask them questions about things that were important to me, my family, and the reservation. For example: the latest energy project for Montana is wind energy because of its abundance. Very close to us on the reservation, a new wind energy farm was just constructed.
It was hard to retain it all because we did so much each day, but the amount I learned outside the classroom was by far better than anything I would’ve learned inside the classroom. This particular experience was a great influence on me and has inspired me to go home and share my experiences and contribute my knowledge to my community. This was a really important event in my life because it broadened my horizons and I think every person should be more aware of how directly the government and its decisions affect all of us. This significantly influenced my goals and has made me more of a well rounded person. When I become old enough I will be voting and actively participating in local elections as well.
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