Going Off To Washngton D.c - My Family Travels

Hello. My name is Kyeshia Likely; from Washington. I’m currently, a senior in High school. In November of 2009, I was fortunate to be nominated to attend the National Youth Congressional Forum on Diplomacy and Intelligence and was able to attend the program in 2010.

 My journey begun on February 16th, 2010; the day I left for the National Youth leadership Forum in Washington D.C. The first journey I would ever embark on without my parents by my side.  As I got to the airport at 1 am, reality started to set in. I was on my own basically for 7 whole days. All of my possessions were in my hands. So my survival skills set in, remembering all the clichés your parents give you threw out the years: Kyeshia watch out for your surroundings, do you have your phone? , Make sure you don’t talk to any strangers, hold your purse closely to you, and repeatedly don’t talk to strangers (classic). But remembering all those clichés got me through the airport unharmed.
Finally, I’ve arrived at the gates of the 4-H center in Washington D.C. After, a long 6 hours trip across the United States, I finally had made it to orientation. So I put a smile on my face and went into the building, it was like starting kindergarten over at 17 years old, not knowing what to expect from anyone. The instructors had meet and greets set-up with your individual group instructors to receive your National Security Journal and room key. After, the brief introduction from your instructor, you were allowed to go to your assigned room, where you should meet at least 3 other roommates. I was the first to get into my room, and then came a girl from New York named Tashonni. Later that day our other two roommates arrived. All my roommates were cordial and nice but for the next 6 days I would become close to Tashonni, we were stuck to the hip at ever event. She was also in my individual group called the “Copper Group” with our individual instructor we had met at orientation. When I met the other 20 young adults in my group, everyone was very shy. So we had an ice breaker game called “Waa”, from then I had 20 more friends around the 4-H center. I believe all of them have the potential to exceed in life and I hope to see them in the future.
 Our six days were never boring or unplanned.  We started off the day at 6am, headed to the breakfast line. Afterward, breakfast we had a meeting in professional dress wear. At our meeting in our groups, we were brief usually about a guest speaker that would be talking a career field in diplomacy or intelligence within the United States government. Shortly after, we headed out on a field trip that would last us until diner. Some of the field trips consisted of visiting, Capitol Hill, A Naval Base, F.B.I agency and the Pentagon. After dinner it was time to get brief on our goals at the end of the program in our group classrooms. Which would end around 11pm; then start back at 6am the next morning.
From, this experience I took back a lot information on becoming a great leader and I learnt more about becoming a lawyer on Capitol Hill. After this forum I came home more knowledgeable about the career I want to pursue and what it takes to make it. Also, I learned I could survive without my parents for at least 7 days.
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