When I first arrived at the airport to go to DC for the Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) Annual Board Meeting, a part of me was nervous, not knowing what to expect from the weekend before me and hoping to make a good impression, while the other part was excited at the prospect of a new adventure, learning new things and getting to know new people. Once I was welcomed by the kind faces of Dave Oughton and Ron Glossop from the St. Louis Chapter of CGS though, the nervous part of me slipped away and turned to complete excitement for the experience.
Not too long after arriving in DC and at the cute Quaker house right down the street from the Capitol Building, we were ushered into the first introductions. After hearing the variety of impressive and fascinating career backgrounds, I was even more honored to be in attendance at the meeting. After just a few hours, I was moved by everyone’s desire to make the world a better place and willingness to take action to do so. It renewed my hope in the ability to enact positive change in the world as an individual, and it inspired me to become involved in the organization outside of the board meeting.
Throughout the rest of the weekend, we had several breakout, planning sessions for the new year and a variety of fascinating speakers on different aspects of international cooperation and World Federalism and current efforts at increasing both areas around the world. I was very pleasantly surprised at how open CGS was to new ideas and how they were even willing to take my input into certain things even when I had just become involved. All the members were very welcoming and kind, and this contributed even more to the positivity of the experience and my desire to be involved in the organization further. Overall, I learned a great deal from the board meeting not only about CGS, international efforts for increased cooperation, and world federalism, but also about myself. I made many connections I hope to continue to grow in the future, and I found a way to start to follow my dreams even while I still in my undergraduate education. It was a wonderful experience, and I cannot wait for the CGS projects in the future and to see what the organization can accomplish.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect the official policy of Citizens for Global Solutions.