It's been nearly three weeks since I last visited a.net!
Earlier this year, I was accepted into a scholarship program that sends students around the United States into two experiential trips during the summers of our sophomore and junior years. Here in NYC, nearly 2000 students were given the opportunity to apply and I am fortunate enough to be one of the 70 who got accepted after a series of essays and interviews. The first trip is usually a wilderness trip that ranges from 14-22 days, and the next trip is an international/cultural immersion/community service trip of a country of my choice. This year I was sent to Central Maine for 22 days of hiking and canoeing. I spent one week hiking, summiting several mountains in the Maine Appalachian Trail with Whitecap being the highest at around 3600 feet. It was definitely a challenge considering my body size, carrying 30+ lbs on my back. I gained bruises and scratches in my legs having a very bad footing and balance. Right after the hiking portion, we canoed for 11 nights, visiting some awesome lakes, rivers and ponds in Central Maine. I was definitely pushed to my limits at certain points, having nearly evacuated when I fainted during our longest canoeing day (7-hour paddle) Despite the challenges, I pushed on and finished my trip with minimal injuries and memories that will sure last a life time! Perhaps the most surprising to me part was that I actually didn't mind not having facebook, the internet, my iPod, cable TV and other technology that I own (although I was really home sick on the first few days and I'm definitely glad that I have those things back after quite some time) Also, being from New York City, living in a highly urbanized area, it was refreshing to spend some time in the complete serenity of the wilderness. Anyways, being out there for 3-weeks made me appreciate many things such as the strength that I have shown my trip leaders, fellow trippers and myself that I never knew I had inside me. I never considered myself as someone who is physically strong, but after this trip, I gained a lot of confidence in me. It was a life-changing trip that taught me responsibility and a sense of appreciation for every single thing in my life in the "real world". It was most definitely challenging, but I learned so much and the memories will definitely stay with me and I can't wait for my next summer trip!
Some pictures from my trip!
One of my trip leaders at Lobster Lake
Whitecap Mountain right after a triple 8-mile day
On the summit of Whitecap Mountain, one of the proudest moments of my life...reaching the top, something that I accomplished that's not academic-related
My trip leaders and fellow trippers carrying me
Map of our hiking trail
- Jezrel (jetBlue777)