When I saw the application, I just knew that I had to apply for the DG Leadership Summit. I’ve always dreamed of being in a magazine, and a summit with 36 girls from around the country and Canada sounded like so much fun!
I honestly didn’t think I would make it in, though. I’d heard from previous years that thousands of girls submitted an application. I thought, what are the chances of me getting in? One in thousands?
Persistence Pays Off!
Writing my questionnaire took a really long time. I even had to write it two different times, because the first time, all my work got deleted just when I was almost done! I had to start all the way over again. I was so upset! My mom had a good idea, then—she suggested I take pictures of my work as I went, just in case it happened again.
I actually had a lot of fun answering the questions, even though they were really difficult. They made me really think. After I’d submitted my questionnaire, I felt pretty good about it.
My mom told me one day after school that I had been chosen for the Summit. I was speechless for a really long time, and then I started jumping up and down and being really excited! When I told my friends, they all were really happy for me and excited, too.
The flight to the Summit was really short, only about 45 minutes, because I live in California. I thought it was cool to see a different place, and even a different climate. Where I live, the weather is so unpredictable, but in San Jose it was PERFECT. I loved it so much. It wasn’t too hot, and it wasn’t too cold.
So Many Interesting Girls
It was so much fun meeting different girls from different states and Canada. They all were so interesting to talk to, too. I didn’t know that many of the things out here in California are also popular in other parts of the country. One of the girls from Connecticut, Maeve, plays lacrosse just like I do! It was so interesting talking to her about it, comparing different rules, and things like that. Some of the girls had different accents too, so it was cool to listen to them talk. I wish everyone could meet all the Discovery Girls to see how interesting everyone was.
It was so nice to just be myself around the girls, too. In school, everyone has this “label” for you. If you act different, everyone will think something is wrong when you’re just trying to be yourself. At the Summit, you could just be you. No labels, no expectations, and it was perfect.
Some of the other things that I learned had a huge impact on me. We had a lot of discussions about real-life problems. I took away other girl’s answers to the problems that were asked, and got something out of it. It really opened up my eyes about some things in life.
Laughing Our Hearts Out
There were so many funny moments at the summit, too. One thing that I found really fun was when a couple of girls and I made a video that didn’t exactly come out right. We took an orange, and took videos of us rolling and throwing it. The cool part was that all of the videos went backwards! Another fun time was in between photo shoots, when we were messing around in front of a HUGE mirror, making different poses and laughing our hearts out. I will never forget the fun we had.
I feel so lucky that I got the chance to meet these 35 amazing girls. All of the girls had something special, all 35 of them! I really like how we all “clicked” in a way. It was almost like we had known each other for our entire lives. I have a different funny memory for each girl. One of the things I liked most about all of the girls, is that they didn’t care how weird you were, or how you dressed. They liked the real you. You didn’t have any expectations on you about how you should act.