The convention from 2019 was somewhat like last year; however, some parts were drastically different. First for the first round, most American students paired up with Chinese students for a collaborative project. This was not in last years convention. The collaboration allowed us to experience new people from across the globe starting from the first round. Then throughout the time after the first round, many activities that made us open up to our second round partners such as games so when the second round starts we would be able to better communicate and participate in the project. During the second project, it was the same as last year, but many students had a better experience with the activities beforehand. Finally, the third round was also the same as last year but was still a lot of fun.
I had a great time at the Qingdao Leadership Convention. It was really interesting to meet new people from a different culture. Everyone felt very welcoming and friendly. For the first round, we worked with students from China and we had to learn how to work together even though we were not together very much. The Q&A section of our presentation was a little disappointing because we were told that there would be a translator but there wasn't anyone there to help us translate. This made it difficult for us to understand the questions and for us to effectively communicate our answers. The second round was the most challenging. Again, it was difficult to communicate with the Chinese students, but I was very fortunate to have a nice group. They tried to help me understand what they were discussing, however the subject that they were discussing was not one that I could relate to because of our cultures. I tried to contribute as much as I could but I felt that I was generally a useless member of their group. Despite all of this, I still learned a lot from this experience and had a lot of fun.