72 of the most exciting, eye-opening, and memorable hours of Summer 2019 were took place in Columbia, Mo. at TRACTION.
TRACTION is an annual conference located in various regions of Missouri to educate teens on safe driving and how to prevent traffic crashes. Even though the topic of the conference is a hefty one, there is just as much excitement as there is seriousness.
We listened to numerous speakers, and even got to hear some personal stories about how driving distracted has affected real-life people. It was such an eye-opening experience just to be in the moment, and be real with the fortunate individuals that had survived serious traffic crashes. We even got to hear stories of those who were not as fortunate, and experience the a docudrama which conveyed those tragic events in a realistic manner.
Some of my favorite TRACTION moments, aside from the seriousness, had to be when we all got to come together and bonded as a team. TRACTION Olympics, building the giant whale, and Bob’s iconic drum circle are just a few of the activities that helped us come together as a team. It was so nice to get closer with several staff members before the start of the year. Another way we bonded was over some great meals. Yes, the food provided was also quite stellar!
Aside from all of the dance parties, epic team challenges, and heartfelt moments shared at the conference, the best thing was the moment that WE WON THE BUCKLE, AND IT’S GOLDEN! Yes, THE GOLDEN BUCKLE AWARD ON NIGHT ONE WENT TO OUR TEAM! We won it the very first night of TRACTION for all of the hard work that we put in during the day.
Overall, my experience at TRACTION was filled with all sorts of emotions, great food, and the best new staff members/friends. This experience would not have been the same without each and every person who made the conference possible.
Thank you to all of the TRACTION staff, my teammates, and our adviser, MT, for making this 72-hour adventure one of my favorite summer memories!!
Thanks for reading,