Once upon a time in 9th grade, I joined an organization called Family Career Community Leaders of America. I was really excited and scared at the same time, but after going to the first meeting, I wasn’t as scared. Everyone was so lively and energetic. My sister was also in FCCLA at that time, which made it a little easier, too. She helped me realize who and what I could be.

Being in FCCLA has been a very good experience for me. It has taught me so much. It’s also helped me not be so self-conscious. I am more outgoing and positive about life and what’s going on. It’s taught me that if you just put your mind to something and really want it, you can do it. For example: I had to present my FCCLA Project in front of a bunch of people who I didn’t know. That terrified me so much. I have stage fright and hate talking in front of people. Everyone told me I could do it, but I wasn’t sure. I kept stressing over it, losing sleep over it even. I practiced in front of my family and some of my friends but still didn’t think I was capable of doing it in front of a bunch of people, especially when I didn’t know them. The day finally came and I was terrified. Everyone told me I could do it. My sister came to watch me present so I had at least one person I knew there. With the support of FCCLA and the people in it, I was able to do it. I was terrified, but I did it.

But FCCLA has taught me so much more than just that. Like how to be more positive, to have more faith in myself, more patience about everything, and be more caring with people and their feelings. Having an opportunity like this is rare. FCCLA has changed me in a very positive way.

—White Mountains Regional High School