Environmental & Outdoors
Impact Academy of Arts & Technology
My passion is hiking.
As a little kid, I was never physically active. I would rather sit inside and watch television for hours than play outside. I used to hate going to Garin, a regional park in Hayward. My mom and her friends always liked throwing parties and hanging out there. I spent so much time there, and the park finally grew on me. I began to see the beauty in it. I absolutely love Garin now; I have a sense of peace when I am there. Nature has become one of my favorite things. During the summer, I climbed Half Dome at Yosemite with my dad and uncle; it was a 16 mile, 12 hour hike. I absolutely loved the experience I had on my first ever hike, my big toes are still bruised! I realized then that I have a great love for hiking, for the workout and getting to see the beauty.
Agueda (Paulina) Ortega has grown to enjoy the outdoors over the years despite limited resources. Growing up, she struggled with her weight (I recall being shocked when she showed me her middle school student I.D. card—how different she now looks.) At some point between then and now, she motivated herself to be more active and has lost a great deal of weight. Nowadays, due to limited transportation and her mom being busy with her younger sibling, she doesn’t get to hike or go to parks as much, however, when her family does go to the park, she really enjoys her surroundings and takes full advantage of the trails and sunlight.
Furthermore, when the school went on a college trip and Paulina got the opportunity to participate in a “ROPES challenge course,” she seized the opportunity. She climbed up high ropes and poles, swung off ropes, balanced on ropes, and ran to assist in the lifting of other peers. Paulina may have limited resources and may not have a ton of access to nature and the outdoors, but when given the chance, she maximizes her opportunity and enjoys herself. Due to this, she would make a terrific candidate for Outward Bound California.
It's nice to come back to the easy life after being knee deep in the wild, but I am surely going to miss being there. Hiking mountains and peaks was challenging, but thankfully I had a wonderful crew to help me get over them. I swam in ice cold lakes and slept under the stars every night. I learned to cook meals on stoves and use holes as toilets. The skills I learned and the memories I made will guide me throughout my senior year. Thank you so much for donating to me. I would have never had this amazing opportunity without your support. Here are some pictures of me and my crew- The Bees Knees.
I'm excited to say that I will be attending Outward Bound California! Thank you all for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to attend this summer camp. Now, it's time for me to train hard, so I will be prepared for the trip. I will be sure to take lots of pictures to share!
Scholarship ProviderOutward Bound