12 Tips to Make the Most of Global Finals

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We recently asked our Destination Imagination students: If you could give one piece of advice to a team attending Global Finals for the first time, what would it be?

From Team Challenge tips to meeting new people to pin trading, we put together a list of tips for first-time Globals teams. Check out a few of our favorites:

  1. “Put the time in to practice, sleep the night before, double check all your props, practice Instant Challenges, and plan to be early. Also, watch other teams perform! They will blow you away, and they will make you better too.” – Abigail
  2. “Don’t be scared. Go in with tons of enthusiasm—the Appraisers love it!” – Laurel
  3. “Don’t be afraid to talk to that other team sitting next to you on the bus or those kids you see outside the humanities building or anyone at all. Globals is about making new friends and experiencing new people and new cultures, so be confident and meet some new people!” – Lia
  4. “Try your best, but don’t get angry if you lose. It’s the journey that counts. You made it this far and that’s a pretty big accomplishment.” – Gabby
  5. “Take pictures, engage in conversations with people from other countries and states, and if you want a certain t-shirt, go to the store early!” – Nathan
  6. “Watch as many other teams as you can!” – Julie
  7. “It’s not about winning at Globals—you’ve already made it! Spend as much time as you can with your team having a great time and building your friendships.” – Janae
  8. “Trade pins like there’s no tomorrow!” – Allison & Mary
  9. “Cherish the little quiet moments with your team and make sure to get to know them on a deeper level.” – Zachary
  10. “Don’t spend the entire trip worrying about your performance, Instant Challenge, or the results. It’s important to care, but don’t be so stressed to the point where you can’t enjoy your time there. Have fun!” – Faith
  11. “Try everything and don’t waste time. It’s one of the most amazing things you will do in your life.” – Mark
  12. “Eat as much ice cream as you can. It’s free, you already paid for it. Plus, you’ll walk off all the calories.” – Nancy

Good luck, teams! 

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