- What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that during hard times like the tiring parts of the hike, I pushed myself and although it was very difficult at some times, I tried to keep my pace and didn’t give up so I learned that even though at sometimes I do think negatively, I am able to keep going and push myself. I also learned that nature really helped with clearing my mind and relaxing so I should sometimes take a break from technology and just take in the environment around me.
2. Describe the challenges you faced and the ways you challenged yourself.
The challenges were, of course, the difficult parts of the hike, but keeping a positive mindset really helped to face those challenges. And my group really challenged ourselves because we decided to take the trail instead of the road, and everyone helped each other especially Connor, our team leader who helped keep the atmosphere very fun.
3. How did you develop self-reliance?
I think just everything really related to self-reliance because we were sleeping in tents in freezing weather in a really different environment that we are not so familiar with so you’re making your own decisions and looking after yourself especially without all the clean showers and technology that is a big part of our lives. The hike also helped as well because we were carrying our own food and bed where usually it would be provided for us but this time we were in control of those things.
4. What would you do differently next time?
I think next time I would try to talk to people I don’t usually talk to that much, because although I did share a few things I just didn’t really feel a very strong community so I think not only in the next expeditions but even just throughout the school year, I want to be able to get out of my comfort zone and build stronger relationships.
5. Describe your role in the community of the expedition and your connection with the YIS community.
I think my role in the community was offering support to others because during the expeditions I helped people carry their stuff or just volunteered to do things that helped the others. And as well in the YIS community I try to keep an open mind and be flexible so that I am able to support other people and build a very strong community.