People were actually listening to what I had to say

"Towards the end of RISE, I had a couple of kids who had been in Blake and I's session come up and talk to me. One guy started talking to me about fashion since I mentioned that that's what I'm majoring in and asking me more questions about that and another came up and asked me if I had a Facebook and asked if she could give me a hug. It was great to feel like people were actually listening to what I was saying and I was able to leave an impact on people. This conference has helped me grow in so many ways you don't even know. I'm so thankful for every experience it has given me and all the incredible people I've met through it. Yesterday was the happiest I've been in awhile. It was such a fulfilling experience and definitely much needed." -Maddie Darveau, Iowa State University