Alaska is…unique. It’s different, special. That’s what I like about it. Alaska is different than Marshall physically, but also emotionally. Obviously you won’t see gorgeous mountains surrounding you at home. You aren’t right on the Pacific Ocean. You can’t see a bear, moose, or caribou in your backyard. When you think about Alaska being different than the states you often think about the physical characteristics. That’s important, but people often seem to forget the differences in lifestyle. Everyone here is relaxed and kind. When I interview citizens for my committee many of them say that they love Alaska because of the people, because of the community. Everyone looks out for one another and is willing to help. I think many of us (the participants) are learning to step out of our comfort zones and be ourselves. No one will judge us. I love that Alaska is allowing us to do this and bringing us together at the same time. Alaska citizens are also very encouraging. They put you in a better mood. In Michigan I always feel busy and pressured with school work. I feel like everyone has expectations. It’s not like that here. Don’t geet me wrong, I love Michigan, but Alaska is a nice “safe haven” where you can take a break when you need to relax. Both physically and emotionally. Alaska is…unique.