Before I had the opportunity to travel to Olympic National Park, I had begun to feel discouraged about the impact I really could make in the world.
Through my NatureBridge experiences, and in particular because of my educators, I was able to gain the confidence to speak up about what I wanted to do with my life. By gaining a stronger relationship with nature and discovering a deeper part of myself, I now see the influence of my actions and the amount of power that I have in creating change.
My educator Dee would always tell the students in my group, “Don’t forget to look up!” My takeaway was not only to look around at the beautiful scenery surrounding us as we were hiking, but also to not forget about the grand scheme of life everyday.
This has really helped me to take a step back when things are getting stressful in my life, especially now as I tackle the college application process, and eventually attend college.
Because of the meaning my NatureBridge experiences have given to me, I have the courage to step up and change the path of my own future, I have gained the courage I need to make a difference in the world, and I have learned to always look up, no matter the situation.
All of this has shown me that I am unstoppable, and that I have a purpose to be an ally for our environment and for future generations.
This year, we received a number of incredible applicants for our Student of the Year. Read more about our honorable mentions and how their NatureBridge experience impacted them.