The summer before my first semester at the University of Georgia, I had the opportunity to spend five indescribable days in the wilderness with 14 other incoming freshmen. I can sincerely say it was an adventure unlike any other.
Before this trip, I had never slept in a minuscule tent next to two strangers (but really, how many people can say they have done that?), let alone camp at all for that matter. I can remember being so excited yet so scared for what the week had in store. Would I get to shower? What about food? I don’t even know anyone that is going on this trip; what if I don’t get along with them?
All of my questions and anxiety were quickly put to ease over the next few days. Through hiking, kayaking and white water rafting, I discovered something about myself and what I was looking for in the next four years. There is something so mysterious and magical about nature and the great outdoors.
The best way I can put it into words is feeling all alone while you are surrounded by hundreds of people who care about you. You feel lost, but also at home and at peace with what is happening around you. Nature has a unique way of putting you in situations that make you uncomfortable but end up teaching lessons you can’t get anywhere else.
I am a firm believer that the outdoors are a natural remedy to any issue troubling anyone. When you stand at the top of that mountain you hiked, when you see that breathtaking view, when you sit and listen to the birds, you feel unstoppable.