"What began as a dream became a reality as I arrived in the multi-cultural country of the United States of America. This was not just one of those visits. This was for an experience that would change my life forever."
What began as a dream became a reality as I arrived in the multi-cultural country of the United States of America. This was not just one of those visits. This was for an experience that would change my life forever. As a mere Zimbabwean boy, I had to quickly adapt to the change in environment and thanks to GYLC staff, I felt at home. My dream of participating at the Global Young Leaders Conference had finally come true. This gave me the opportunity to interact and learn from various people of different nationalities ranging from Canadians to Nigerians to Indians.
The visits to places such as Times Square, Ellis Island and the White House, were an eye-opener and made me appreciate America’s rich heritage. As each day progressed, my confidence grew in leaps and bounds. The keynote speeches from speakers such as Dr. Cassidy and Ms. Sabina Dewan, were a catalyst for my improvement in my speaking ability. Such was the impact on me, that I was chosen as the Best Public Speaker at my school in 2011. Under the guidance of Faculty Advisors, my leadership abilities grew sharper due to the simulations which required a lot of teamwork and co-operation.
On my return to my school, these sharpened leadership qualities were recognized and I am now in charge of my boarding house and I was elected as the President of the Toastmasters Society amongst various other positions. The frequent phrase, "Welcome Scholars" still rings in my head and it is small things like these, which make this experience second to none! I can safely say that being a GYLC scholar is a privilege one should grasp with both hands and use as a platform to becoming a better leader. The highlight of the Conference was the Farewell Dinner Cruise, which I really enjoyed. As I boarded off the Cruise, it struck me that this was my last night with all the amazing friends I had made. The various activities we had, created bonds that will last forever. I am grateful to GYLC for giving me this opportunity to express myself and meet so many people. If I could re-live all the moments I would, but I would urge all future scholars to live in the moment, work hard amongst each other, play hard and most of all, enjoy it to the fullest. . . because GYLC is a once in a lifetime opportunity!