Submitted by North Country Career Center FBLA Chapter members, Renee Fortin and Jacob Abbott.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conference in Texas was informational, educational and inspirational in every aspect. Ten students joined together, six from Lake Region Union High School and four from the North Country Career Center in Newport, to travel to Dallas, Texas for a FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference. These students had an opportunity to meet people from around the United States. There were only 10 Orleans Country members out of the 3,000 FBLA members at the conference.
"The National Fall Leadership Conference in Dallas was an unforgettable experience that has provided me with new leadership skills and a whole new outlook on my local chapter and our abilities to make a difference," says Michelle Fenimore, a junior of NCCC.
On this trip, motivational speaker Grant Baldwin made us realize that small things can make a big difference. Grant talked about how simple actions like sitting with somebody that's alone at lunch or saying "Hi" to the new kid in school can change that person's outlook on the day or maybe even life.
During the two days of conferences we learned many things, from what type of person we are, to how urban music impacts your decisions in life. We met some great people that taught us things we will use in the near and far future, like "How to Decrease Your Stress to Increase Your Success." This workshop was the favorite of many members because it taught us how to calm ourselves down and how to forget about the bad things and focus on the good.
Jacob Abbott, a freshman at NCCC, said, "My time in Texas was unforgettable. I learned so many different tools and ways in both business and people. It was a very good experience for me and others who attended."
In the closing session another motivational speaker, Byron Garrett said, "If your mind can conceive it and your heart can believe it then your hands can achieve it." Byron made everyone at the conference think about their life and how we can approve it. He also told us that we shouldn't give up on our dreams, but follow through with them.
"I've never thought I'd change my mind on college, I never liked thinking about it ... It just never interested me, I told my 7-8th grade teacher that I wasn't going to college, I've been saying that for two years now. That thought changed after I went to the FBLA Fall Leadership Conference. I've never thought I'd say this, but I am planning on going to college!" said Nick Carpenter, a freshman at NCCC.
Throughout our trip to Dallas we grew as not only individuals but as a chapter. "I feel like we went down to Dallas feeling uncomfortable, not knowing each other or what to say to each other, but during the trip we got to know each other and pretty soon we were all good friends," said Renee Fortin, a freshman at NCCC.