Since the day I got the confirmation of my participation at the 60th edition of London International Youth Science Forum until the last day when I had to say goodbye I was feeling a whole spectrum of emotions. At first I was nervous, because I knew I will be one of the youngest out there, not sure if I would find any friends. I was also scared, not only because it was the first time I was away from my parents for such a long time, but also because I was alone in a big city.
As I landed at Stansted Airport on the 25th of July, little did I know that I was about to experience the best two weeks of my life and it might seem crazy, but it is only crazy for people that haven’t experienced it.
As soon as I saw 500 other participants I felt excited to talk to each one of them, each one of the beautiful people with different backgrounds, cultures and views but I was also excited for the lectures and listening to one of the greatest minds in the entire scientific society.
Each day has passed with a blink of an eye and each day our big family grew closer and closer. For the two weeks we forgot about the outside world, it was just us, science and nothing else. Our passion for science has made our bond stronger. From exploring London during our breaks, listening to eye-opening lectures, finding out about secret talents on the International Cabaret night, having the opportunity to see world wide known musicals such as Wicked and Phantom of the Opera all the way to visiting Oxbridge, Imperial College labs and getting pizza together at Beit Halls – everything together is what made the experience so memorable.
I would never think I would be under one roof with so many people from all around the world and I would never believe I will learn so much about different cultures. I took part in many conferences and camps but I never experienced something like this before. I have never met so many friendly people and I am sure the friends I made at LIYSF will stay with me forever!