Home at Last

Hello everyone!

Now that I’ve had a little time to catch up on sleep (after nine days of getting less than four hours of sleep every night!), I will be sharing a few of my favorite memories from one of the best experiences of my life!

I arrived at Yale a day before the program started, and within my first hour on campus. I got pooped on by a bird…not a very promising start. I was anxious about the conference, being away from home for so long, and not knowing anyone and having to make new friends. Well, within the first few days, all my doubts went away.

Just a few hours into the conference, I had met people from nearby New Jersey and New York, the US Virgin Islands, Panama, and even a few international students from China! Everyone was so easy to talk to, and it was amazing to learn about the different cultures over dinner.

While at first I was worried about living in a dorm for nine days without AC, I was lucky enough to have a single room…not that I was in it for long. We had activities from 7 am to 11 pm, and I was too busy and tired to miss home or complain about my dorm room!

While the conference was on Business and Entrepreneurship, I learned so much more–about myself, my peers, and just life in general. On the business side, we had the opportunity to attend several lectures by Professor Steven Rogers from Harvard Business School, manage our own mock businesses, and create our own products for a Shark Tank simulation! However, the real fun came from all our leadership, character building workshops, where we got to know our peers and ourselves on a deeper level. From doing cartwheels down a college lecture hall to taking selfies at the top of the Rockefeller Center in New York City, I could not have asked for a more eventful, life-changing week.

If business is not your thing, I would strongly recommend checking out the other programs that NSLC offers–they have programs on everything from game design to engineering! While at first I was skeptical about spending nine days walking in heels around a humid college campus without AC. I would not trade the things I learned and did or the people I met for anything.

Thank you for reading, and until next time! (I could write so much more about how amazing NSLC was for me, but I have to go pack my bag for work tomorrow…more about that soon!)

❤ Kaitlyn

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