by Kenytta Brown
My YMP experience so far is unpredictable and marvelous. I've gotten to meet new people from all over Jackson and even across Mississippi. Meeting new people is great because I get to hear the incredible stories they are willing to tell. It's just something that we all enjoy. We spend so much time with each other in sessions and then even during breaks to get to know each other more. It's like we are not just becoming great journalists, but we are becoming more of a family that learns from each other and succeeds together. We are creating a bond that is so beneficial that we won't forget this experience. We are creating memories and great stories, not just to report but also to tell.
Let me tell you a story.
On our second day at YMP, it was time for the big 12:00. Yes, I'm talking about lunchtime. Sean, Josh, Maggie, Michael and I were walking to Sugar Ray's candy store on Capitol Street on a perfect sunny Friday. It's a bit of a walk, and we found out as soon we got there that we were on a race against time. We are supposed to be back at YMP headquarters exactly at 1 p.m.
So we bought our cotton candy and green-apple stripes and quickly left. We were walking fast, but Maggie had on heels and also has asthma. Josh came to the rescue to stay with Maggie just in case things went wrong. The rest of us rushed to the office, and we had only three minutes left.
But we had one more challenge to overcome. Our next opponent was the elevator. We wasted seconds waiting on a perfect elevator instead of getting on the evil ones. But we conquered our challenge by making it at the one-minute mark!
YMP life is AMAZING.