By Claudia Hubbard
2018 Youth Governor
Hello and welcome to the 70th Youth Legislature Conference! It’s finally time for all of the preparation you put into this weekend to be put into action. I cannot wait to see everybody in action throughout our time here at Youth Legislature.
This weekend you’re going to face surprises, tiredness and nerves. Push yourself and workthrough all of it. Our time together for this conference will fly by. You’re going to want to be fully present.
Throughout my time in Youth in Government, I’ve learned that you can choose how you experience the weekend. You can choose to let disappointments let you down, like your bill not passing in chamber or not getting called to speak on a bill you were passionate about during debate.
You could also choose to raise your placard high again and continue to stay positive. I hope that you choose the latter.
You are surrounded by young leaders from all across the state. Take time this weekend to not only focus on your role here but to also reach out and make new friends. Sit next to someone you don’t know in chamber or strike up a conversation with someone new at lunch.
It’s the relationships that you make through YIG that you’ll truly remember in years to come.
Claudia Hubbard is an 18-year-old senior at St. James School in Montgomery. She is the daughter of Bryan and Sabrina Hubbard.