New York City! Bonus – My Birthday, Too!

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Gotta make the elevator ride fun.

During my 15 years on this earth I’ve been to a variety of places.  However, I’ve never been to a place quite like New York City.  Many people say the city never sleeps.  And, let me tell you I can agree 100% with this statement.  The city is a melting pot of different people and different events.  I am proud to say I was one of those people and the event I went to was the Under 20 Summit this past November.

At the Under 20 Summit I experienced many things. I also learned a few life lessons in the Big Apple.  A life lesson I learned was from my dear mother.  That lesson was, never trust street salesmen, EVER. Being as naïve as my mother was, she happened to tell this strange man everything and ended up buying what he was selling. And guess what? He was lying.

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Pastrami Sandwich – Carnegie Deli – Can I have another?!

On a philanthropic note the Under 20 Summit was a very different experience for me.  My mom has been to her fair share of networking places or events similar places as this.  But, I haven’t so I felt like a fish out of water.  But, I began to feel more comfortable with my new surroundings as the day went on.  After the first day I went through two different workshops about how to be a better public speaker and a TED workshop.

At the end of the day I heard Peter Theil speak.  In case you don’t know who Peter Theil is, he is the co-founder of PayPal and the creator of the Theil Fellowship.  It was absolutely fascinating to hear him speak about the fellowship and his life in general.

On the plane ride home from New York I was bursting with ideas.  I also was reflecting about a whole lot of stuff.  I still couldn’t grasp the sheer amount of people I saw in New York.  Three days may not be very long but, I learned so many things in the that short time.






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