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GPYC-USA Naomi Y. Log: Day 1

IYLA participants had a real treat at the start of Day 1, something that could be titled "Traffic: the True New York Experience".


First up was a boat tour along the Hudson River. We got to check off the typical tourist checklist sites: Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, and of course, Lady Liberty herself.

To most, the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom. But when I listened to what she represents to each individual, I discovered so much more.


One participant said how America, like the statue, is an example of all that can be accomplished when different people have similar goals. I was reminded of what our country stands for and everything I hope to accomplish as a representative of the United States.

We moved on to a site with a more somber attitude.

The 9/11 memorial was a devastatingly beautiful tribute to the importance of creating an understanding between varying cultures and backgrounds.


We concluded our New York excursion with an orientation and dinner at Obao noodles and BBQ. It was Thai! Between courses, participants introduced themselves and described what they hoped to gain from IYLA.

We discovered similar passions for social change and peace across the globe.


IYLA chairman John Dickson inspired us to bring change in our respective communities. His sincere belief in the change  our future generation can bring.

Gotta go get some much needed sleep. Excited for the UN tomorrow. Peace out!


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