After an incredible summer, I’m back and ready for my senior year.
Coming back to school felt so sudden, especially when I heard the news that there was a mandatory all-school camping trip on the second week of school.
I give credit to my editor and friend, Kendall Shiffman, for this quote that is oh so accurate: “I’m just a happy camper who hates camping.”
The thought of being consistently dirty for five days makes me cringe, but the decision was already made that I had to go.
On the drive up to Moñtana De Oro, I became warmed up to the idea of camping, and as soon as we arrived I was suddenly overwhelmed with excitement.
The environment was incredibly green, cold, and lush. Camping instantly seemed less terrifying.
As the trip went on, I ventured far out of my comfort zone. I never would have imagined having fun was a possibility on a mandatory camping trip, but that’s exactly what happened.
This camping trip truly taught me one thing: I feel more open-minded about life than I ever have before.