Scholar Kristin on Gettysburg

On the way to Gettysburg in my awesome van assignment - Thanks Patti! - I was very excited and really looking forward to all the historical places that we were going to experience. But I didn't think that it would be as amazing as it really was.

It was a great eye-opening experience that I will cherish it forever.

I was eager to learn about history in the actual places it happened and I thought Gettysburg and D.C. were good spots to discuss the topic of "heritage".

I learned a lot on the trip.

I learned so many things that I didn't know before and haven't learned in school yet, especially about the Civil War. I saw and learned about the various weapons and cannons they used and was also informed about the movement of the war. After the trip, learning about the heritage of Gettysburg seemed way more important to me.

Last year, as a 'rookie scholar', the debates truly scared me. I didn't like talking in front of people and didn't really know what to say.

But this year as a 'veteran scholar', I tried to come out of my shell and get more comfortable talking in the debates. By the last debate, I felt at ease doing so. I hope next year I can work on elaborating ideas and expanding my knowledge even more.

Traveling to D.C. - twice - was not only fun, but also a huge learning experience.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was a very memorable place. It was amazing to learn about the Holocaust from a survivor.

I was shocked by some of the things she experienced. For example: when she went outside at the end of the war, after hiding for years: she said that she was still scared. I am glad I got the opportunity to learn from someone who experienced history that we learn today. Learning from the speaker and hearing about her experiences during the Holocaust; made history come alive.

Its neat to learn things that are not in our history books.

My favorite memory from the trip would have to be going to the National Museum of American History. There were so many things to see and learn and we barely got through everything. I took some cool photos and saw some exciting exhibits. My favorite things to see were the musical instruments and how they changed over time as well as, animated characters.

I had fun getting to know some of my fellow scholars better. I bonded with them way more than I thought I would and made many new friends.

I had an amazing time relaxing, playing games and eating tons of ice cream; thanks to Jeff!

Being part of the McLean County Diversity Project has given me more than I could ever ask for and will inspire me to continue to learn and strive to be a lifelong learner.

I am very thankful for these experiences and one day, hope to become an inspirational leader.

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