USY conventions are a great way to create new friendships and met kids from other USY chapters or others from the CRUSY Region. Conventions allow you to meet new kids your age. learn new skills such as leadership and so much more.
I went to my first convention not expecting to make any friends. As soon as I arrived I instantly made new friends. I was expecting that everyone would know each other and not want to get to know me just because I was new. My expectations were quickly changed. Within the first 20 mins, i had about 15 new friends that I knew would always be there for me. At the end of the convention when it was time to go I was so upset to leave all of my new friends. I had said to my new friend's let's stay in touch. I was assuming to talk once or twice but not really to truly keep in touch. After the convention, I learned that you do stay in touch. I talk to my friend almost all the time. The friendships that I have made just at that one convention are truly my best friends. So if you are thinking about going to a convention and you are worried that you won't make friends or won't know anybody, don't let that be the reason you don't go because I had those same doubts and if I had not gone to convention who knows how different my life would be. Because my best friends are the ones I have met in USY. -Rose Genstein