Patriot Life

FBLA Competition day: A first-person account

SebastienGanivet

As I climb into the bus, I am excited for the upcoming day.   The drive is long, but it is worth it. When we get there, we first go into the assembly room to hear the student leaders describe the schedule of the competition.

    Afterwards, a speaker talks to us about the value of what we are doing. This year’s speaker talked about how after getting out of prison, he used his skills to pick himself up and create a million dollar business.

    With a renewed interest to show off what I have learned, we go to the conference room, where we participate in workshops to learn more about the business world and network with other schools. I was able to meet new people and make new friends.

    The time to present is getting nearer, and I get more and more nervous. My group has been preparing for this for two months, and I really hope I don’t mess it up. Finally, our number is called.

    We walk into the presentation room and see a row of judges. I make my arguments for crowdfunding and my teammate against, all the while maintaining good posture, eye contact and confidence. After ten minutes, out time is up and we go back to the conference room to resume the workshops.

    At the end of the day, we go back to the assembly room for the awards ceremony. I will finally get to see if my work paid off. As the organizers go through the events, suspense rises. Will I win?

    Finally, my event is up. I jump in excitement; I got first place. I’m going to state!

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