This past week has been so amazing and has helped me grow in many ways. Though I did not win the title of Miss Teenage Canada, I did learn more about myself than I ever thought I would. This week was many things to me, it was a way to meet so many wonderful people, a way to travel and learn new things about a part of Canada I had never been to before, and it was a way to form a deeper connection to myself. I learnt that when it comes to a journey in your life, the important part isn’t the destination, it’s the actual journey and self growth that you experience on the way that’s important. This week definitely had some curveballs that I was able to overcome, and throughout the process, I learned that I was 10 times stronger than I originally thought I was, coming into this pageant. Having to spend a week, without my parents, and enduring these curveballs , I learned that not only I was stronger than I thought, I also was able to be a lot more independent. This week was amazing and opened up so many opportunities for me. I can truly say that this week has changed me, and that it is one that I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life, along with the amazing people I met along the way.