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As I looked at the stack of papers laid before me, I took a deep breath and prepared to write. These papers were more than just another assignment or application. These papers were a chance of a lifetime. As I looked to the top of the page, in bold, I read: Governor’s Statewide Youth Council. I was applying because I wanted, with all my heart, to see change not just in my community, but also in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

When I finally finished my application, I handed the manila envelope to the post office attendant. I almost felt the urge to get out of line and check for the third time if everything was filled out correctly, but I had already let go of the envelope.

When October came I constantly checked my email and waited anxiously for the mailman to come, but day after day there was nothing. Of course the day I didn’t worry about the mail there was a letter addressed to me. It read: Congratulations. And I knew that one word was my opportunity to be a part of a student body that had “change” written in the palm of its hands.

This year, the Youth Council is focusing on education. My goal for the year to come, is that together the Youth Council can find a way to leave a lasting impression on education in Massachusetts. The Youth Council is full of creative and intelligent members who all have the desire to see change in every community across the Commonwealth. By taking on a role with the Youth Council I hope to inspire others to be the voice of their communities. I hope to maybe even inspire them to become a part of the Youth Council in the future.

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