Reflections on CEW
YES exchange student from Lebanon in D.C. office - State of Wisconsin

Lebanese student's Civic Education Week

Embarking on Civic Education Week was not just a mere event for me; it was the realization of a long-held dream. Selected among 200 YES program students, I had the privilege of participating in this transformative workshop from March 16 to March 22. As I reflect on this experience, I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and fulfillment.

The week unfolded like a dream, where every moment seemed to exceed my expectations. We immersed ourselves in the rich tapestry of history, exploring monuments, memorials, and historical landmarks that symbolize the essence of diplomacy and governance. However, the pinnacle of this journey was the opportunity to step foot inside the Library of Congress and Capitol Hill building and engage in meaningful discussions with senators and representatives. The White House visit was the epitome of this unforgettable day, leaving an indelible mark on my experience.

Standing in the hallowed halls of the White House, I was struck by the weight of history and the magnitude of the moment. It was a testament to the values of democracy and the power of civic engagement. This experience underscored the importance of perseverance and dedication, reminding me that success is not merely measured by accomplishments but by the impact we make on others.

This experience underscored the importance of perseverance and dedication, reminding me that success is not merely measured by accomplishments but by the impact we make on others.

Amidst the enriching experiences of Civic Education Week, I also had the opportunity to attend an NBA game with my friends in Washington, D.C. The atmosphere was electrifying as we cheered for our favorite teams, capturing memories with laughter and snapshots. It was a moment of pure joy, reminding me of the importance of embracing every opportunity for fun and camaraderie.

In addition to these remarkable experiences, I had the joy of celebrating Easter with my cousins and friends in California. We gathered at the church, basking in the warmth of community and faith. What struck me the most was an overwhelming feeling of contentment and gratitude. As I reflected on the meaning of Easter, I couldn't help but draw parallels to my life journey. Just as Easter symbolizes renewal and hope, my journey has been marked by resilience, perseverance, and the unwavering support of loved ones.

As we bid farewell to this chapter of our lives, I offer a word of advice to all the new PAXers and newcomers: Be prepared for the unique and amazing experience that awaits you. Embrace every opportunity with enthusiasm and dedication. Learn from every encounter, and most importantly, share your knowledge and experiences with others. Be bold, be confident, and above all, be ready to make a difference. For in this journey, success is not just a destination but a way of life.

—Christy (YES Lebanon), hosted by the Mittelstadt family (WI)