I decided to apply to be a Discovery Girl because I love the magazine, and I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to learn something, contribute to the magazine, and be a positive role model. I thought my chances of being picked were small because I knew that thousands of girls would probably apply, but I went for it anyway!
It took me a few weeks to fill out the questionnaire. I worked really hard and made a lot of edits and changes. I kept reading over it until I felt like it was perfect. I also created a video to send with it, because I wanted to share even more about myself. I was happy and excited when I finally finished.
Best Birthday Present Ever!
I found out I’d been chosen on my 11th birthday. I had a Hollywood-themed birthday party at my house, and then my friends and I went to see a movie. Afterward, my parents told me they had one last gift for me. My dad placed a gift bag in front of me, but when I pulled the tissue paper out, it looked empty. I gave my parents a strange look, but they told me to look again. That’s when I noticed an envelope at the bottom of the bag. I opened it and starting reading the email Discovery Girls had sent my parents! I started questioning whether the letter was real or not, but my parents insisted it was. I was in total shock! It was the best birthday present ever!
To prepare for the Summit, my mom and I went on an overnight shopping trip to San Antonio, TX. We spent two days shopping and searching for the perfect outfit for my profile shot. I wanted it to reflect my personality and style. My mom also took me to get my hair cut and a pedicure a few days before we left for California.
Visiting an Old Friend, and Making 35 New Ones!
The trip to California was exciting—I was so ready to get to the Summit! When we flew over Utah, there were mountains covered with snow, which was amazing to see from the plane. We flew into San Francisco a couple of days before the Summit so I could reconnect with a good friend of mine that I haven’t seen since June 2013. I was so happy to see her again! In San Francisco, we went to the Hunger Games Exhibition, which was really cool. We also explored the Palace of Fine Arts, went to the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin Headlands and got ice cream floats at Ghirardelli Square.
I was so excited to meet all the girls at the Summit. I met a couple of them at the shopping center next to the hotel before we even checked in. It was funny because I was looking around for girls my age and saying to my mom, “I wonder if that’s a Discovery Girl.” The first girl I ran into was from Georgia. We introduced ourselves and became fast friends. Once we checked into the Summit, I tried to make sure that I introduced myself to every girl in the conference room. Everyone was so friendly.
It was so cool that we came together in one place and became fast friends, had fun, and talked like we had known each other our whole lives. I just felt like everyone could be themselves. We all got along great and there was no drama. I left the Summit wishing that it could be that way every day at my school.
So Many Memories
I have so many fun memories of the Summit! There were moments during the photo shoots that we would all just break out dancing and singing when a good song came on. One time, we got into a popcorn fight with the photographer. We were all laughing, even the photographer.
And then there’s SQUASH, of course! Four girls and I were in an elevator going downstairs to get photos taken. Suddenly, one of the girls yelled out “SQUASH!” for no reason and we all cracked up laughing! Other girls wanted to know what we were all laughing at and so we all just kept yelling “SQUASH.” We called ourselves the SQUASH SQUAD and from that moment on every time one of the Discovery Girls would do something funny or weird, we would all yell “SQUASH.” We started a group text the night before we left the Summit and titled it DG SQUASH SQUAD.
It’s really great to know that I have 35 amazing friends - from all over the U.S. and Canada!