Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

Fang C

Summer 2013

My trip of a lifetime was amazing! I went to places I’ve never went to before and thought I would never get a chance to go to. I went on the western skies tour and my two weeks can truly be called a TRIP OF A LIFETIME. I first found out about the program in my school when one of my teachers introduced it to me. She gave me the application and said that I should really sign up because I’d really enjoy the trip if I get in. I was really eager to finish the application that day so I started once I got home. Eventually, I only had the essays to type, and I was surprisingly all done the next day. It was soon mailed off. I was really anticipating to find out if I’ve been accepted, that I kept checking my email and with my teachers everyday. Then sometime in April, I finally received an email from the organization and I literally was filled with joy once I saw I’ve been selected. I had a phone interview next and found out I was officially able to go on the trip!

The celebration was great and reassured me that I will be accepted by the people on the trip and definitely will make new friends and have a wonderful time. Once the day of the trip came, and I arrived at the airport, I saw that everyone going on the trip already had their own friends because they brought someone with them. Although I really wanted to introduce myself to them, I was really shy so I stood quiet the whole time. When we boarded the plane, I sat in my seat by myself and saw some of the others walking by, smiling and laughing and talking with each other. I felt a bit disappoint because I didn’t make any friends yet, but these two girls who were seated next to me, came and one of them introduced herself and her friend. They were really nice and we talked a little. When we arrived in our first place, Phoenix, we got off and went to the baggage claim area. Again, everyone else was talking and  few others and I were just there. However, when we got to our hotel that day, we played a few games that let everyone introduced themselves. The next day, I felt more comfortable with talking to people and a few actually came up and talk to me!

During ice skating one day, I kept holding on to the railing, and these two girls came and helped me out. They helped and convince me to let go because they won’t let me fall. They grabbed my hands and taught me how to just basically walk on the ice. After going around the ice a few times, they had me practice solo and it really worked! They were really happy and so were other people on the tour. The same thing happened when we went bowling. There were a few times when I didn’t knock down the pins, but everyone on my team were still really supportive and showed good sportsmanship. I remember when we went to the beach and I hung out with a friend from the tour. We were jumping over the waves in the water because we were waiting to go surfing. I remember we decided that we would jump at the same time, so we held hands and this big wave comes; I jumped, stumbled and fell backwards. We both laughed and it was just a great time and one of the things I will always remember.

I soon began making more friends on the tour as the journey continued. Our last day, we went to Universal Studios in Los Angeles. I joined this group of girls that were really nice and we went on The Mummy ride. While waiting in line, I told them I was nervous and they told me to not be because the ride was gonna be fun and that I’ll regret it if I don’t go. We played a few games like broken telephone, which helped me take my mind off my nervousness of the ride. When we got on the ride, we were all a little scared so we decided to hold hands. In the beginning, we only saw stuff that was in the movie. So I said it wasn’t that bad but when the ride actually started, I screamed and so did everyone else. It was funny and it was true that the ride was more fun than scary. I was glad they encouraged me to go on because I’m sure I really would’ve regret it if I didn’t-- frankly, I wanted to go on it again!

A few things I learned from this trip is 1) take opportunities to try new things regardless of what qualms you may have about it 2) when traveling, enjoy each day as it goes by because once you leave, it’s unlikely to be the same again. You will miss the places and people a lot. Most importantly, 3) be yourself, open up and talk to people. That’s how you’ll make friends so don’t be shy.
I’m really glad that Trip of a Lifetime chose me, because I’ve made so many great memories and experiences on the trip that I will always keep and cherish.
 

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