Mandelena's Web Diary!

I decided to apply after having read the magazine for about a year. Every month I would go to my local library and select the newest issue to read at home. I would read about the Discovery Girls, but it never registered in my head that I could be one. One day when I had just gotten home from the library, I was leafing through the magazine and saw an ad about applying to be a Discovery Girl. I decided to apply right away!

With homework, after-school activities, and life in general, I didn’t have a lot of time to work on my questionnaire. I put it off for about a month. I kept saying that I would do it but I never got around to it. When I realized that it was actually going to be due at some point, I worked on it on and off for about a week. The day that it was due, I worked really hard on it until 10pm, then got my parents to do the final edit with only one hour remaining! We didn’t have any recent pictures of me so we did a quick photo session in our backyard!

After it was submitted, I forgot about it for a while knowing that the announcement of the chosen candidates was still a long way off.  But as the day approached, I started visiting the website every day and looking to see if any other girls had been chosen.  I started to bug my parents to see if they had received an email from DG.  It was super tough waiting to find out!

But one evening in early July, my family and I had just gotten back from going out for ice cream. I went up to my room and looked at my iPod. Scrolling through my emails, I saw something titled “Mandelena’s Application to the Discovery Girls Leadership Summit.”  Without hesitation I quickly clicked on the email. I had only read the first sentence when I started screaming. “We have exciting news! Your daughter Mandelena had been selected, from thousands of girls who applied, to be a part of our upcoming Leadership Summit” it read. I ran outside to show my parents, who were watering our plants outside, screaming with excitement. Although I was ecstatic, I was directed to not tell anyone until the next when they would call and confirm.

I could hardly sleep, I was so excited!

To prepare for the Summit I had to fill out many different questions regarding the magazine. The questions took a lot of thought and time to write about.  To pick my profile outfit, I went shopping with my mom. We drove around from store to store until we found the perfect one. I had an idea of what I wanted to wear, but I was open to ideas. I wanted something colorful and classic.

The trip to California was really fun because my whole family went along with me. We got there two days before the Summit, so we had lots of time to explore and sightsee around San Francisco. We had to take two planes to get there, both of which were relatively short. While in San Francisco, we went to the Golden Gate Bridge, Jelly Belly Factory, Pier 39, and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.

When I first arrived at the Summit and entered the conference room at the hotel, there were lots of girls and parents already there.  It was a bit intimidating but some of the girls were on their feet going around introducing themselves and asking others their names. It was amazing how everyone made such an effort to get to know each other.  We bonded very quickly because we all wanted to get to know each other and make the most of our short time together.

I will always remember the girls that I met there and the experience that I had. If you’re thinking of applying, be yourself and don’t change your answers to sound like someone you are not. The DG readers want someone who is real. Truly believe that  you have something special to offer!  

May/June 2017

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