Hey guys! This week’s blog is an STN reflection. Overall, this year's STN trip was a blast! If I was granted the opportunity to redo the whole trip again, I would take it. At first I thought going on my birthday wouldn't be that fun or exciting since I would be spending it on a plane, but with my media family it was even better than I thought!
There are too many highlights on this trip to point out every single one, but I would like to point out some of my favorite highlights from both Tennessee and Boston. We made new friends in Tennessee who were also from Hawaii, and were so generous to help us out when we needed it. I am so thankful for all their help and I hope we reunite with them again one day. Line dancing was one of the best highlights of the trip. Visiting the Tennessee Titans Stadium was super cool to visit as well. And of course the STN Convention itself was the main highlight of our trip. It got very hectic but it was all worth it. While in Boston, riding the trains and subways to get to places, was very interesting. Visiting Harvard for the first time ever, was a big honor especially to see in person. Playing in snow was probably the best part. People come to Hawaii for the sandy beaches, but when we go to the mainland, we go for the snow!
In all, I've learned a lot from my classmates. Sticking together is one thing. Since we constantly had to use the buddy system, I guess you could say that we grow closer in a “one-on-one” get to know each other way. Another thing I learned from my classmates is, positivity. During the trip, we were given the tasks to "watch” our classmates for a whole day each day and “take notes” on their positive behavior. Then we write down on our cards in the evening, what we’ve observed about that person. This definitely helped me learn more about my classmates. Especially when paying close attention to them and their actions. It sounded creepy at first, but you learn to enjoy the people you’re with and learn more about them.
I learned so much about myself this experience. From the little things such as trying not to fall asleep or else you will be bombarded with pictures of you sleeping, to the profound lessons in life like, not everything is about winning and what matters is how far you’ve gotten from the start while having fun doing what you love. I feel these lessons are definitely what you have to apply to yourself and remember that because, life comes across many competitive times. If you win, don’t forget to stay humble and respect others effort and hard work. And if you lose, celebrate others' wins and congratulate those who have worked hard to get where they are. I’ve learned so much this trip and I hope that one day I can go again.
In conclusion, I’ve had so much fun and I’m very grateful for my teacher, family, and friends , for making this all possible. Helping with fundraisers, providing words of encouragement, donating to help out with the funds for this trip, I am forever grateful for all that you have done. Thank you to my CKTV media classmates, you guys are the best! Also, thank you to the movie trailer team. For teaching me so much and guiding me during this school year. I’ve learned a lot from you guys. I wish you all best luck at next year’s STN! Thank you for making this the best year ever! Xoxo