So I realized that I've posted about it literally everywhere else, but never here - the hub for Rooster Teeth and RTX content! I guess it's because I never really felt I could do justice to the experience in words befitting the place I felt my experience best belonged. Now, I'm very late to the party, but I want to post something about it (since Guardian apps for next year are coming up soon omg???).
I tell everyone about those 4 days. I think about it constantly. There's plenty of reason for that, I promise.
I won't rehash my whole day-by-day experience, but I will give a probably long-winded overview that's very Feelings-heavy because of what an incredible time I had.
First - traveling to Austin was a decision I made by myself, fully funded by myself, and organized completely by myself. I am ridiculously proud of me for it. I budgeted food, travel, lodging, and the timeframe all without help. I made a choice to go grocery shopping and spent a total of $70 on food for my entire 5-day stay in Austin, save what I bought at airports. That's pretty solid Girl Scout training right there, I'd say. But my point is, as an anxious person, I was terrified to be traveling somewhere I'd never been - and doing it alone for the first time. I was going to be in a city completely unfamiliar to me, where there would be no one else I knew, and I was going to be there for 5 days. It was very intimidating.
But RTX was absolutely incredible. I don't know what other words I have for it. Sensory overload. Evidence that the Rooster Teeth Community really, truly is the best one out there. The amount I saw between people, even the amount of support I received as a Guardian from RTX attendees - it was beautiful and humbling and I am so proud to have been a part of it.
What all past Guardians say is absolutely true - it'll be some of the hardest you've ever worked and the most fun you've ever had. I had a blast the entire time I was there, and that's because of the community. I also have to acknowledge the Expo Guardians team; everyone on the team is so kind and understanding and so, so hardworking. I am so grateful to have had a team of people like them to help a terrified newbie like me learn the ropes and make sure everything was going okay. I will always appreciate that. I feel like I learned so much from everyone.
My RTX experience was one for the books. I got to see so many people I'd only dreamed of ever seeing in person, make so many new friends, and help make lots and lots of people smile. Really, what more can you ask for?
RTX Austin 2018, let's do this.