"This is a once in a life time experience which changed me as a person: the way I think about political issues and my awareness all around."
I am 17 years old from the United Kingdom. After much anticipation and excitement the Global Young Leaders Conference Summer 2012 in USA finally arrived. This is a once in a life time experience which changed me as a person: the way I think about political issues and my awareness all around. I cannot thank the Congressional Youth Leadership Council enough for giving gifted youths from all over the world such a worthwhile opportunity. From assisting the development of our leadership skills to giving us the experience of a diverse range of cultures. I arrived not knowing anyone but 10 days later Id made many fantastic new friends whom Ill never forget. Throughout my time at GYLC I was part of the United States Leadership group and developed my leadership skills to another level. I was inspired by the visits to memorials, leadership group meetings and the various speakers. The most memorable would be Dr. Gary Weaver, a Professor at The American University. He gave me an excellent insight on cross-cultural communication and leadership which helped me to see culture in a different light and how valuable it really is.
I was elected to be a member of my Colleges Student Association Executive Committee. Attending one of the largest Sixth Form Colleges in the country, this is a major role and I use the information I learnt from GYLC continuously throughout my role. For example, the presentations and cultural experience to implement new events and activities. I am proud to be a GYLC alumnus for my country and the quote, 'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened' by Dr. Seuss could never be more true. I hope to use and develop these skills learnt through future life. I would encourage any future scholars to make most of this opportunity. You must never underestimate yourself; work hard and enjoy GYLC to the fullest.