Through NHI I have learned a lot of new lessons that have developed me into the person I am today. At my LDZ program I learned how to navigate systems, manage my time and put my ideas into thoughts that could potentially win a whole delegation. I learned all this throughout an 8 day experience at St. Francis University where I was able to be a part of a mock legislative system. As a bi product of my NHI journey I have also made a lot of new friendships who have taught me so much more than what I thought possible. These individuals have played a vital part in my growth. I stay in contact with a lot of them, but due to our busy schedules/distance I am not able to see them often.
During Celebración I will take part in a competitive atmosphere alongside my friends once again. I will also have the opportunity to network with students my age both nationally and internationally. NHI participants make up the top 2% of students from the United States and Las Americas who earn a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students whom in a short amount of time I will soon call family. Whenever I need a hand in anything that life throws my way, I know that I can count on these people.
Among a selected few, I was granted the opportunity to be a part of NHI's annual program known as Celebracion. It's important to be a part of a NHI because it has taught me how to be a confident individual who no longer thinks in a deficit based mentality. I no longer criticize myself so harshly. Instead I look at things in a critical manner but always with a constructive attitude. Celebración is also a break from school stress, yet I will be a part of an academic setting where my my ideas will be challenged and I will have a creative way of tackling real world community topics. I know that attending this year's Celebración will be good for me in many different ways and therefore, I really look forward to being present alongside all my old and soon-to-be new friends.