My First #DECAPowerTrip Experience

Hadley Medlock | Alma DECA

I honestly wasn’t sure what to think about Philadelphia before I first got there. I’m from a small town in Arkansas where there are lots of cows and not a whole lot of people, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from a big city like Philly.

However, when we started our first tour of Philadelphia, I couldn’t believe all the history that the city held. It was so amazing to be able to see where our country really started. I got to see historic landmarks such as Independence Hall, Betsy Ross’ house and the Liberty Bell. I’m honestly not one for history, but learning about all that happened in Philly was so interesting to me.

Not only did we get to see the historical sites, but I also got to run up the Rocky steps with my officer team, teach my DECA partner to ice skate, and meet the DECA Inc. High School Division President, Jaron May, at Lucky Strike Bowling Alley. I wouldn’t have wanted my first DECA Power Trip to go any other way.

Although I do talk a lot about how amazing seeing the sites was, I can’t forget how great the actual DECA conference part of the trip was. The opening and closing session speakers were so inspirational. I got to go to many different educational learning labs such as “How to Create an Awesome Written Event” and “Networking Like a Pro.” The written event lab gave me so many tips and new ideas on how to create a better written event, so now I’m hopeful for that #DECAGlass in Atlanta next year. At “Networking Like a Pro,” I was able to step out of my comfort zone and learn new ways for getting to know people and introducing myself to new people.

One of my favorite parts of the #DECAPowerTrip was getting to bond with my local officer team. Since the five of us shared a hotel room together for four nights, we definitely got to know each other a little better on this trip. We went to different learning labs together, spent pretty much every waking moment together, and spent our nights staying up late as we laughed about every little thing.

The amazing experience together in Philadelphia brought us much closer together, and it will help us to make our DECA chapter truly limitless this year.

As the trip came to a close, I was so sad to get back on a plane to my normal life. I made so many new friends, saw such historic sites, and had such an amazing time in the beautiful city of Philadelphia with my local officer team and wonderful DECA advisor, Sherry Siler. Although it was a little chilly in Philly for us Arkansas girls, I definitely wasn’t ready to leave.

This article was written by Alma DECA Vice President of Marketing, Hadley Medlock. You can connect with Hadley on LinkedIn, and follow Alma DECA on Twitter @AlmaDECA.

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