One day I was on the DG website and saw a Summit ad and decided to ask my mom if I could apply. She said yes...but she also told me I had to be prepared if I didn’t get picked. I honestly thought I didn’t have a chance. I mean it was my first year applying!
I spent about three months working on my questionnaire because I wrote all my answers in a notebook in case I messed up and also so I could brainstorm all my thoughts. I knew my answers had to be the best they could be. After writing my answers in a notebook, my mom read them over. I truly enjoyed answering the questions because they were deep and meaningful, even though it was lots of work! I also liked the questions because they were all about me and things I liked so it was easy to think of things to say.
One night at dinner, we were about halfway through the meal when my mom broke the news. I was so excited running, jumping up and down, screaming, laughing, even crying! I thought at first they were joking! The rest of dinner I couldn't even eat. I was so excited my hands were shaking I couldn’t even pick up my fork!
To prepare for the Summit I tried to stay healthy, wash my face more and I practiced comfortable poses. I also kept trying to decide which outfits to bring! It was fun to go shopping for a few new outfits. For my profile outfit I decided to buy a few new shirts that really describe me (bright colors) and then decide when I got there.
The trip to California was amazing! The best part was that my mom and I went out a few days before the Summit so we could have a little vacation and sightsee. Turns out one other Discovery Girl Clara came to California before the Summit too so we met up for dinner the night before the Summit. It was fun to meet Clara because it made us realize this was really happening! Plus Clara and I had a lot in common.
It was so fun to meet girls from all over because I realized that we are all going through the same type of struggles. Plus a lot of us girls also had a lot of the same interests and tastes in things. I learned that even if I don’t realize it, there are other people going through the same thing you are. I also learned that there is always someone to talk to.
I will always remember the fun photo shoots, meeting all the girls, making many new best friends (most of which I’m still in contact with today), the amazing memories, shooting behind the scenes and taking so many goofy pictures!