Being my second year at NCSC, I was comfortable knowing what to expect. All of the uncertainties that come with being a newbie had been washed away which made the trip a little more relaxed. The only complexity left was the competition itself. Saying that I had a fantastic time does not give the weekend justice – this was one of the top 5 weekends in my entire life! The people that we met were amazing, food was unbelievable, and most of all our team was incredible!
This year I participated as a competitor in the competition. Last year I was an alternate, which helped significantly when I was prepping myself for the role-plays. Along with Jordan, I competed against 120+ students in an effort to win the competition. In my first heat I placed 2nd, advancing to the quarter finals. Seeing both our names in the top spots gave me such a rush of adrenaline that I couldn’t wait to compete the next day! Sadly I was knocked out in the next round. However, I can hold my head up high because I gave my best role-play to date. Afterward, my role shifted to helping Jordan succeed. Part of me was happy to have a weight lifted off my shoulders, but the competitive side of me wanted to find a way back into the competition.
My Favorite Part:
It is one of the blessings of friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Making great friends and memories that will last me a lifetime was undoubtedly the best part of the trip. They say that laughter can cure all ailments and with as much laughing as I did this weekend I shouldn’t be sick ever again.
I am a quote fanatic so I will leave you all with this;Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. ~Rod McKuen
Whenever you find yourself in a new situation, reach out and make friends. This sounds easy, but for me, and I’m sure others, it’s not the easiest of things to do. I am terrified of large groups of people that I do not know and I’ve found the only way to overcome this problem is to put yourself out there and jump. Someone will catch you, promise =)