A Few Words of Advice for First Years

Another year of Youth in Government means another round of timid first years.  They have worked up the courage to sign up for the program, typically coaxed into the meetings by a close friend or an older sibling or they have totally signed up on their own, taking the risk of entering the program with hopes to make new friends and new experiences.  Even though the program may look frightening at first, it is the exact opposite.“I was so intimidated by everyone because it seemed like everyone knew what was going on and I had no idea,” fourth year delegate Maggie Hartman said. “Now, I think that it’s a great way to meet new people; it’s an amazing opportunity to visit our capital and it’s awesome to spend the weekend.” YIG is not only a good way to make new friends from all over the state, but it is also a wonderful way to help build confidence.  When it comes to YIG, delegates need a lot of confidence to get through the day. “Don’t be afraid to speak up and be confident in who you are. Everything else should come out naturally if you stick to your gut. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it happens to the best of us,” delegate Megan Neubauer said. At the end of the day, it all comes down to owning your opinion and standing up for what you believe in.  Confidence is always a must.  Mistakes are a wonderful way to learn and are always welcome in YIG. Delegate Sydney Felhofer said, “Although you might not have confidence in that moment, always show confidence even if you are wrong.  Accept it and try again.”

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