I decided to apply to be a Discovery Girl when my mom showed me the magazine’s questionnaire that you have to fill out to apply. My mom is my biggest supporter. She was excited and said it would be my chance to shine. I love Discovery Girls and I also love writing, but I was a little nervous. I was sure a lot of girls were applying, but Mom said I had what it took, and her excitement rubbed off on me. By the time I turned in my questionnaire, I felt really good about my chances.
The Questionnaire: Hard Work, but Interesting, Too!
There were about 13 or 14 questions, and none of them were yes or no answers—actually, each question was made up of about three smaller questions! I chose two questions to work on each week, so I spent about one and a half months on it. When I was finished, I made final edits and showed it to my mom. She gave me some suggestions, and I did one more edit, and then sent it off.
I really enjoyed doing the questionnaire. I liked the questions that were asked, because I couldn’t just answer right away. I really had to think about the questions. For example, one of the questions asked about comments my mom makes about her own body, and how her comments affect how I feel about my body. I felt very, very proud when I submitted it, because I usually would not finish a huge job like that, especially since I didn’t know if I was going to be chosen.
My Mom Was Jumping Up and Down with Excitement!
I was downstairs in my house when we heard from Discovery Girls. When I heard my mom screaming all the way from upstairs, “Francesca! Francesca!” (she calls me by my middle name), I ran upstairs so fast. I thought something was wrong! She was screaming and jumping up and down, when she told me I was chosen for the summit. I was the happiest I have ever been in my entire life! I was also very surprised, because she said thousands of girls had applied.
I really didn’t do anything special to prepare for the Summit. Picking my profile outfit was pretty. I do gymnastics and speak Mandarin Chinese, so I knew I would either wear my Chinese dress or my competition leotard.
The trip to California was very fun! When my mom and I got there, we checked into our hotel. Then went shopping, and on to Whole Foods for some healthy snacks. Later, we went to Cold Stone Creamery for my favorite thing: ice cream! The last day we went to the park with Joanna, one of the other Discovery Girls. My trip to California was the first trip I ever had with just my mom and me, and it was really cool to have Mom all to myself.
Meeting girls from all over the U.S. and Canada was very interesting. I learned lots of fascinating things about the girls. For example, Maeve goes to a private school and lives in Connecticut.
I Got More Confident…and Comfortable in My Own Skin
I met so many smart and friendly girls at the DG Summit! Before the Summit, I was very, very shy, but when I got home, people noticed that I was more confident! I felt comfortable in my own skin.
At the Summit, I discovered that there are so many other shy girls, just like me. I learned that I don’t have to be exactly like everyone else to be accepted—I just have to be my best me. I can take chances and talk to new people, and not have to wait for someone to come talk to me. Because you never know—that person may be shy too, just waiting for someone else to just come and say hi.
I liked talking with the girls and sharing funny/embarrassing moments. Sydney, Maeve, Erin, and I also made a short movie about an orange. Who knew a talking orange could be so funny?!
If you’re thinking of applying to be a Discovery Girl, do it, even if it seems like a lot of work. Believe in yourself, and go for it!