Carly Matthews

Joined June 2017
  • Day5

    Headed home

    May 15, 2017 in the United States

    On the plane heading home, I had a lot of time to reflect on my trip experience. I had a lot of fun and was very lucky to experience such historical and beautiful places and sights. I grew as a leader and a follower, I strengthened friendships, and created new ones. Leadership is a truly irreplaceable ad special program and I'm very lucky to be a part of it.

    -"What kind of influence will this trip have on you as a leader?"

    This trip has had a lot of influence on me as a leader. It helped me sharpen my leadership skills while being provided the opportunity to experience new context. Broadening my context has allowed me to meet new people and experience new and different need in the world. Seeing and immersing myself in a place so different than Winfield has allowed me to grow as a leader and widen my perspective. On this trip, I learned that sometimes, having some purely transactional interactions doesn’t make you a “bad” leader. Sometimes you need those transactional type moments to keep things going and functioning properly. This trip also reinforced my belief that relationships matter. Forming new relationships and strengthening them is important, and I think it is relationships that keep people inspired and passionate about hard work. Finding motivation for grueling and gritty work is no small challenge, keeping people feeling positive and encouraged is a difficult task in itself. But it’s possible and necessary. I found myself realizing that part of keeping others motivated is keeping yourself involved as well. I suppose it might be obvious to others, but I had sort of an epiphany. In order to inspire a shared vision, you must first be inspired and have inspiration to share. It’s awful hard to motivate others if you, yourself, aren’t very into what you are doing in the first place. I learned that thinking positively and thinking of every hard task as an adventure can help you go farther and do more than you originally thought you could.
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  • Day4

    Subway Art

    May 14, 2017 in the United States

    I read an article in one of the magazines on the plane on the way to Philly about the art incorporated in the subway stations. I didn't even realize that the article I read was about Philadelphia until I got back on the plane to go home! It was so cool to see beautiful, big art. In Chicago, our public transportation isn't beautiful, clean, or well taken care of. Philly has really made a point about bringing beautiful art to the people.Read more

  • Day3

    Chinese Lantern Festival

    May 13, 2017 in the United States

    The Chinese Lantern Festival might have been my favorite part of the trip overall. I loved seeing some Chinese culture in the city, and I thought it was awesome seeing all the people enjoying the festival and the show at the end of the night. I really enjoy the diversity found in the city.

  • Day3

    Liberty Bell

    May 13, 2017 in the United States

    The Liberty Bell was really cool. I felt as though I was back in time. My favorite part about it is the crack and I think it's amazing and great that the city of Philly wants to preserve this historical beauty. This was probably the most touristy I felt on the entire trip.

  • Day3

    Ben Franklin Museum

    May 13, 2017 in the United States

    The Benjamin Franklin museum was really cool and interactive. I had no idea that he was such an innovative creator. Sometimes I wonder how much would've still have been invented had he not done it himself. He led such an interesting life and seemed to have such a progressive mind. He created more than just his inventions and political legacy, he created opportunity for progress and future trailblazing.Read more

  • Day3

    Graveyard Tour

    May 13, 2017 in the United States

    After church we took a tour of the graveyard. It was really interesting to see how many well-known people were buried there. I found it neat to see who made the cut and got a plot. My favorite part was seeing all the different types of grace markers and the sinking headstones. It was cool to see such a historical and old sight.Read more

  • Day3

    Take me to Church

    May 13, 2017 in the United States

    Morning service at Christ Church. I really enjoyed seeing this part of the community. I found it interesting to see how many people actually attended this church for the service regularly as opposed to tourism attendance. I thought it was sweet that the church was so involved in the lives of the youth members and that they threw them a little pizza party. It's cool how much faith can connect community members regardless of where you are in the world.Read more

  • Day3

    Historical Tour

    May 13, 2017 in the United States

    This tour was really cool, we went to a lot of old places. I thought it was really interesting to walk the same streets that our founding fathers did hundreds of years ago. My favorite parts were the judicial and legislative buildings, I thought it was interesting and convenient that they were placed so close together. I find it interesting that they could've literally walked down the street to get something signed, have a debate, or gotten political work done. Even though it was rainy I had a lot of fun on this tour.Read more

  • Day2

    The best part... Food

    May 12, 2017 in the United States

    There were so many places that we ate great food. My favorite thing was when we got to venture on our own during free time and go wherever we wanted to eat. I loved getting coffee in the morning at little cafes, but my favorite meal was when Kyndra and I ate at this fancy restaurant before the historical tour. I had the best pasta of my life, and it just shows the versatility of the city's food options.Read more

  • Day2

    Travelers from All Over

    May 12, 2017 in the United States

    In the hostel there was a map that you could put a pin on where you're from. There were pictures, little notes, and pins all over the board. I thought it was cool that people had stayed there from all over the globe, and it made me realize how your path could cross with anyone in the world. We're really small on this planet but we are all so much more interconnected than we realize. I just found it crazy I was touching a board that someone from China also touched. It reminded me of the history of Philadelphia, and how many famous people walked the same streets as me a hundred years ago.Read more

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