The Change Of A Lifetime?
Written by Gabriel Inia
Posted Mon, 19 Mar: I know I know, I'm sorry. It has been about a week since our amazing experience in Silicon Valley. This experience has changed my life for the better so far. I have taken in a lot from this experiences and a lot of my whanau are very intrigued in how this trip has changed my life. So for all the people that are following this site. Also, I am sorry for the late blog post and just thanks for supporting us.

After we arrived from the airport, I went straight back to my little community of Panmure. I fell fast asleep after I dragged myself up the stairs and into my bedroom. About 5 hours pasted and I was so keen for breakfast. The thing was, it wasn't the same. No more waking up to all your can eat buffet, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, it was back to weet-bix or cornflakes for me.

As I handed out the presents for my whanau, they realised, I brought nothing for myself. They asked me why? I replied, "I went on a trip that is a life changing opportunity. That's my huge gift." They were astonished at my gratefulness. I wasn't saying that for sympathy or anything. I was saying that because it is true.

Mr Andrew Patterson, you have now changed my life for the better. You have given me this opportunity that I will never forget. You have shown me that kiwi's from the small country New Zealand can make it anywhere in the world. This is helped me to set goals for the future that I never thought I would think of as a occupation. So thank you very very much. Too all my peers on this trip, thank you for making it fun for all of us and just do your best in school. Remember what Tom Kelley said to us. If you want to be extra-ordinary, then stop being ordinary. That is the number one thing I am taking away from this trip. I am going to stand out and be extra-ordinary and help my peers to do better.

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.
Gabriel Inia