First of all, over the trip, there were quite a bit of incidents, as in drama between some people, and others got hurt... So, what some of us did was stand up for what was right. We all learned that it's better to stand up for someone than to just let it go like nothing happend... Even if you may not like that person as much, you should still do what's right, because it can make a big difference... Also, don't be a bully. If someone's annoying you, just turn the other cheek and ask them nicely to stop... There's no need for violence or harsh words.... It may seem very tempting to some of you at first, but in the end, you'll realize that staying out of violence was the right thing to do.
Second of all, you all know the term "YOLO".... Well, take that literally....you only get to live your life once, so use your time well! When we're in Florida, you don't just be lazy and lie around all day! Try to make the most of your time by having as much fun as you can! Besides, I learned that if you don't do much with your time, then you're basically missing out on all the fun! I know we were always busy, but we were always given a choice whether or not we wanted to join in or not. I always wanted to join in, because I knew that I probably wouldn't be able to do it again some time soon. I realized that if you actually participate and get involved with everything, you really have a lot of fun!
Lastly, I learned to do your best and try your hardest no matter what. There may be some times where you just feel like giving up on things, but what you should do is just keep going; push yourself to the end. You never know where it might lead. We felt this kind of drag during our Movie Trailer competition, and I knew that we were all tired and everything, but we really needed to push harder to reach our goal. I think that if you just sit around and not even care, then it only makes things turn out worse. If you try your best and strive through, you'll feel at least a little bit good about what you did.
I think overall the things i've learned, the top three things that were the most valuable lessons were probably standing up for others, living life to the fullest, and trying your best. Honestly, if none of us took the stand and stood up for what was right, we wouldn't have gotten ahead with anything, and there would just be so much drama. So that was a HUGE lesson for all of us. Also, I believe that if I hadn't gotten so engaged with everything, I wouldn't have so much fun on the trip! This trip was seriously the best trip that I've been on. We've all learned so much, and it's brought us all closer to each other…. I'm sad to say that I'm most likely not going to STN next year because Kauai High is said to be going every other year… Maybe things might change, but you never know! STN this year was the BOMB.