BY RITEE KARMACHARYA
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) went on a trip mid-March to Atlantic City where they spent three days attending a line of conferences and participating in a series of competitions. The conference imitated a ‘business trip’ in which members of the club dressed up in business attire and attended conferences and workshops. Old Bridge competitors marked their spot as they landed multiple awards and placings in the competitions in the statewide FBLA Conference.
Attendees had the chance to network with different students throughout the state that share a passion for business. “I learned a lot of cool things and made some connections, along with being able to have fun and relax at a cool resort,” said Margaret Golshteyn, who won the Gold Member Award. “Our room had a pretty view of the water and the building itself was very stylish.”
Students interacted with their peers, made connections with new people, and attended workshops. “I had so much fun hanging out with friends, attending workshops that taught me professional skills, and meeting new people,” said Eboseremen Odion, who was a Business Law Top 10 State Finalist.
For three days, the students stayed at Harrah’s hotel in Atlantic City, where they dined in restaurants and participated in different activities. “They have many dining options and so many conference rooms where we competed and attended our opening ceremony,” said Madison Garcia, a Top 10 State Finalist in Website Design.
Along with meeting new people, this trip gave students the chance to experience dressing up in formal attire and attending conferences, just as they would in the business world. “Even from the moment you step into the conference you’re surrounded by people dressed in business attire and you get the entire business feel. I think that FBLA truly gives you a peek into your future because you’re surrounded by motivated individuals who are all looking to succeed,” Garcia added.
The trip allows students to have a first-hand experience of the business world through different activities and workshops. “There were workshops led by state officers and speakers on various interesting topics, like how to dress and prepare for an interview, how to make your college application stand out, building leadership skills, networking practice, and even a guided meditation, among other things,” said Golshteyn.
Students had the chance to go out and partake in various engaging events. “You have a good amount of free time and there is a lot to entertain you even if you choose not to compete,” said Garcia. “There are constant workshops going on, places to eat, and fun events like the lip-sync battle.”
Members of the Old Bridge chapter proved themselves valiantly by bringing home multiple titles. “Although many of the seniors were not able to attend due to the Disney trip, I think we still did an amazing job representing Old Bridge and bringing home awards!” said Ravisha Joshi, who won the Gold Officer Award.
Students competed, dined, attended workshops, and had an amazing time in Atlantic City. Faculty advisors Maria Simone and Liz Todaro led a successful trip, shaping great leaders in business in the process. Those who competed performed fantastically and brought home many titles that shine in the name of Old Bridge. Students who aspire to work in business or just join the FBLA for experience and participate in events such as these should check out the club!
Posted on 4/11/23
Photos provided by Maria Simone