I participated in the essay contest because I wanted to share my experience of living in a diverse community with others. I had an awesome time doing interviews with ABC and CBS. The next day at school, my friends were joking around and they asked me for my autograph. It was hilarious!
I had a fun time in New York City. I met a lot of nice people who made my stay really welcoming. The campaign staff and other finalists were wonderful to be around. We ate at Artie's for dinner, which had the best pastrami sandwiches I've ever tasted!
On Monday morning, we took the subway to the New York Lawyers for Public Interest office. The subway reminded me of the BART system in California because it was really crowded. After eating breakfast at the office, we had media training with Renna Communications. We got some tips on how to do an excellent interview. We helped each other out by practicing mock interviews. The training got me excited for the real press briefing.
After lunch, we took the subway to Fordham Law School, where the press briefing was held. When I went into the room, I saw a podium and several chairs in the front of the room for the finalists to sit. I also saw a camera man and other people from the media setting up. I started to get nervous.
The press briefing started and all the campaign staff made great speeches. Then, it was my turn to read my speech. I was nervous at first, but the feeling eventually went away. The other finalists did a great job!
When the event was over, we spent some time at Central Park. The sun was out and the weather was perfect. During the evening, we went on a cruise and I got the chance to see New York City at night. It was beautiful! My trip to New York City is an unforgettable experience because the people I was with made it really special.