I learned that I really like to spend time with my friend, getting to know new people, and making new friends. This is because, on this trip, there was a lot of opportunities to make new friends because we had many different groups for the activities. Therefore, I got to talk with and made new friends with people I didn’t have a lot of opportunities to talk to at school. I also really enjoyed talking with new people that I normally don’t talk to. Furthermore, I learned that a lot of things are better than what I think. For example, I’ve never really went hiking for a long time with a heavy bag before, so I wasn’t looking forward to hiking. However, after trying hiking on the first day, I noticed that hicking is so much better than what I thought it would be, and I found myself enjoying hiking with friends even though some trial were very challenging. Since I have never hicked for so long, it was very challenging to hick continuously and stay on track with the group to not slow down the pace. At some points, the slope was very steep, muddy, which was very tiring and slippery. There were many times that I wanted to rest, but I stayed positive the whole time, and I didn’t give up as I made it all the way to the campsite. Furthermore, I challenged myself to work harder by voting for taking the trail instead of the road. Not having a disposable toilet and shower to take was a challenge as well, but I overcome this by thinking positively and preparing myself beforehand so that I am ready to face the challenges.
I developed self-reliance by being independent, taking care of myself, and being organised, as I don’t have my parents around me to take care of me. For example, every day, I had to pack the bags, prepare all of the things that I will be needed every day, and carry it by myself. We also built and carried the tent on our own, which developed my self-reliance skills, because we had to do by our self with no help from the adults. Next time, I would be more aware of things that I should prepare in my bag, such as the warm clothes, because it was way colder at night than I expected it to be. Also, I would try to pack up the tent in the morning quicker. I think my role in the community is that I try to stay positive even when doing things that I don’t really like to do, and I try to talk many people and include everyone to make sure that no one is left out. I feel more comfortable in the YIS community now, that I am closer to the people in YIS throughout this experiment.
From this experiment, I learned about the beauty of nature, because I live in places where it is surrounded by apartments. Therefore, it was my first time to actually spend a long time in nature without having all of the resources that I can normally achieve easily in my life. Throughout this experiment, I really felt closer the wilderness and nature because it was a new to me to hike and sleep in a tent for two night in nature. I also learned to appreciate the nature, because, in nature, there is no shower to take, and the bathroom is disposable. Also, it was extremely cold to overnight in the tent at night in Niigata, as the layer of the tent is thin. Therefore, I learned about the importance of the resources that I can achieve easily in my life, that comes from nature and wilderness. Therefore, learned that I should not take things for granted, and should really appreciate all of the things that I have right now, and all of the people who are by my side to take care of me. Also, hiking and spending a week in a place surrounded by wilderness made me realised the spectacular scenery of the nature that I haven’t realised before. It also made me like nature even more.