Environmental & Outdoors
Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
San Francisco, California
My passion is living life.
Attending ETC Sea to Source Adventure will allow me to meet new people and learn about how different their lives, interests, and personalities are from mine. Meeting new people will let me experience what it is like to work with people from different States. This program will also let me see and experiences new places that I normally would not be able to afford. I want to experience how different it is to live elsewhere. Living without my parents will also help prepare me for the transition into college. This program will help me pursue my passion in business and prepare me to start my own by exposing me to different people and places.
Fiona has uniquely strong and persistent passion for experiencing life in many different ways. I see her take classes that are a bit beyond her academic development level. She struggles at first but focuses on positive relationships with peers and the teacher to stay positive and survives in the end. She is fearless and walk up and talk to anyone but is ofter by her self or with different friends rather than one group. She will come to my room after hours and draw on the board and talk about all the things her mind ponders at length. She always asks my opinion and discusses her understanding of what I say.
Like every trip that lasts over 2 weeks, this one was no different. Living with the same people for 3 weeks taught me a lot. From the skills I developed on the waters of Tamales Bay and the American River, to the resilience that I had to muscle up to climb up to over 8,800 ft in elevation with a heavy pack on my back. My goal for this trip was to practice stepping up and stepping down. In a cutthroat world, it's easy to stand your ground and speak up. However, it is just as valuable to know when to be quiet and listen. While practicing that during the trip, I fell into a spot where I could do both: sit and still be present, and stand up without speaking over others. I also improved my communication skills and my ability to adapt. Through ETC, I have created many lasting memories and friendships. We shared many laughs and now have inside jokes. I went back to my old high school to say hi to some students I had met and gotten to know on this trip. Our reunion was 3 girls hugging in the middle of a doorway saying "GRR" and one on the brink of tears. If I had to choose 1 thing and 1 thing only to take away from this trip, would be the people I had met. Everyone had a different personality and everyone brought out a different side of me. That group was a special one and joking about sleep talking and losing a lot of Tajín virginities was kind of our thing.
During our self reflection times, I would look back on my actions in and out of this trip. It offered me a lot of clarity but also open a lot of questions. The mind is full of nooks and crannies; I'm glad I got the chance to dig into mine and start asking questions.
To all the people who made this experience possible or any trip for another youth a reality, I am extending this thank you. The world is our oyster and it takes a little motivation, help, and guidance to get us out there. You may not ever find out the specifics of the impact you have made, but I hope that you can understand that you have made one.
Thank you all for your fundraising efforts this year! We are happy to fund the remainder of your campaign!
Random Acts of Kindness has been a WONDERFUL gift to Galileo.
An Anonymous Donor matched this donation with $40
Your Acts of Random Kindness Club has brought such joy to our school. You are a positive force in our community. Thank you :D
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