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October 15, 2019 //

CSO International Summit Blog – CSO Yolanda

Author: Jasper Pena

Submission by: CSO Yolanda

Hello I’m Chief Science Officer Yolanda from Nyssa High School in Nyssa, Oregon.

I cannot begin to explain how much this week has meant to me. I’ve created so many beautiful friendships with people from all over the world and grown so much personally.

During this time I’ve learned much about myself, who I truly am not only as a STEM advocate but even as a person and I’ve seen my confidence flourish.

Being in Washington DC this week for the Second Annual International Summit was very overwhelming. I was able to go to a lot of astonishing places and met with many amazing and important STEM professionals that a 16 year old would probably never have the chance to do. During this week I felt  important and that my opinion matters regardless of my age and that I can make a difference in the world if I truly believe in myself.

I’m so thankful for everyone that was here with me through this week and made it one of the best ones I’ve had this year and for being  a part of watching me grow and develop in my leadership skills.

I feel very optimistic of what my future holds and although I’m very sad the summit had to end, I couldn’t be any more grateful for this beautiful and unique opportunity. I’d also like to thank Kelly, Jake, Jasper and all the other people that made this entire week possible and for believing and inspiring us to be greater people than we anticipate.

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