Through the Alaska Great Lakes Project I have grown as a person, by learning life skills and experiencing life lessons. Not only have I learned to use the FISH Philosophy without thought, but I have learned the importance of small things like smiling and taking initiative to help others to understand the seriousness of Leave No Trace. In November when I applied to the Alaska Great Lakes Program I would have never known that this trip would impact my life. I have learned so much. One big thing I have learned is teamwork. You need others to do just about everything here in Alaska. You cannot set up a tent by yourself and you cannot make a meal for 75 people by yourself. Without the help of our community, our families, people in Alaska, and everyone on the trip we would not be here. I would have never experienced everything I have in these 3 weeks. My favorite part of the trip was standing on the top of Mt. Healy. When I was on the top of the mountain I felt a great sense of achomplishment. I felt like I was on top of the world. I also felt proud of everyone in my hiking group because without them all of us would have never made it to the top. We all pushed ourselves and each other all the way to the top and everyone made it to the top. Another thing I got to experience was the beauty of Alaska. One of the most beautiful places I have ever sean is Hatcher’s Pass. When we went to Hatcher’s Pass for the first time on June 13th there was a lot of snow everywhere. In some places there was 3 feet of snow. I got to slide down a snow bank. We couldn’t ever drive on the road because it was covered in ice. It was an amazing experience! When we came back to Hatchers Pass on July 3rd it was totally different. All the snow was melted. It looked totally different. The snow bank that I had slid down on June 13th was gone. It was a big change in such a short time. It’s amazing how you can just show up one day and see one thing and show up a few days later and everything is changed. That’s one thing I have enjoyed about Alaska. Alaska is an amazing place. Not only have I fallen in love with the scenery, but I have fallen in love with the people on this trip. I will never forget the time I fell into the river or the time we went whale watching and Kimber let me sleep on her lap. I was also blessed with amazing van drivers. Matt and Barb were my van drivers and I have gotten to spend a lot of time with them. We have made some great memories and had a lot of fun. They are like my family. Matt is like my big brother and he really looked out for me on this trip. I would like to thank him and everyone else on the trip for everything they have done for me, this trip, and everyone on this trip. I will never forget these 3 weeks and I hope to come back someday.