Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

Corel Marchena

Summer 2013

Exploring things that are out of your comfort zone is not the easiest thing to do and before this trip it was definitely one of the hardest things for me to do. Once I was given this opportunity I began to get very nervous because I knew I was going to be in situations that I wasn't 100% comfortable with. Things like going on the trip alone, having to make new friends and not being with my parents or siblings for 25 days made me very nervous. One of my main worries was no doubt roller coasters. I have always been afraid of roller coasters that go upside down and before this trip I had never even tried one. My mom and my sister had tried to persuade me into trying them for years but I never budged. I was very worried because I knew I wasn't going to be comfortable with going on them and I also didn't want to be that person that sits out and doesn't participate. I soon realized I had been worrying for no reason because when it came time for our group to go to amusement parks I was surprised by two things. At the first park we went to my director and counselors split us up into groups; "people who will go on everything”, "people that are a little nervous but will go on mainly everything" and "people who are nervous but will go on some rides". I was so relieved and surprised because there were quite a few other kids that were very nervous about rides. I went on the rides I was comfortable with and I had so much fun. A few days later when our group went to Vegas I was surprised for the second time. Our director asked us who wanted to ride the New York, New York roller coaster, I had searched up pictures of it online earlier and it was crazy; however I decided I wasn't going to give up this one in a lifetime opportunity so I went on. For me it was one of the best moments on the trip because I was able to overcome one of my fears. I was so thankful because my friends and my director were so supportive. After Vegas the next amusement park we got to go to was Six Flags and my friends slowly helped me completely get rid of my fear. I went on every single ride at six flags and every ride at all the amusement parks we went to after that. Facing my fears instead of living with them was just one of the many lessons that going on a teen tour taught me.  I think I have definitely learned how to be more independent, outgoing and I have learned how to live and compromise with people that aren't family. The most significant lesson I got from this trip, and it’s my favorite because I can use it in daily life would be what I learned about living. I learned how to live in the moment and make them most of everyday. We did so much in one day while on tour and it got me thinking about how much time I waste at home doing nothing. In one day we would do about three activities, have free time, and have time for breakfast, lunch and dinner; all while hanging out with friends all the time. At home I would normally do one activity, eat three meals and maybe do another activity or hangout with a friend but that was it. I was lazy before this trip but I have realized how much I can do in a day and that has changed me for the better.  This trip was full of life changing experiences for me and I am so thankful. I made amazing friends that made the experience more enjoyable and I got to see amazing historical sites, eat at delicious restaurants and have the time of my life.
 

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    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."
    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."

    Alphonso

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    “This trip made me realize that there’s more to the world than the South Bronx.”
    “This trip made me realize that there’s more to the world than the South Bronx.”

    Selina

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    "The trip has taught me to have confidence in myself and believe that anything can come true."
    "The trip has taught me to have confidence in myself and believe that anything can come true."

    Madelyn

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