When I first started at Open Sky, I was not outdoorsy. In fact, I had only found comfort indoors. It was really difficult for me and at times really hated it and remember being miserable. To my surprise, I grew fondness for it. I found that as I progressed in the curriculum I realized it was being out of my own home surroundings that I was able to grow. I was there in a time that it was so rainy, cold, and hailing, so we moved over to the land in Utah. This is the time I remember the most, and actually dream about it now. I learned to have great appreciation for the natural world and experienced how much growth, progress, and healing I was having. This was very difficult time for me, as my dad was gravely ill. This program allowed me to gain closeness I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. The natural world setting was much more intimate and allowed us the quality time together. I realized I was surrounding myself with a lot of friends that were not for me. It was difficult when I came home and went through period of not having many friends, but then found healthy influences. I thrived on my caseload at school and developed consistency and routine that is now leading me into college. I am hoping to go into the dermatology field or do something regarding law. I am excited to continue to learn about things I am passionate about, row as a person, and meet new people. Through my own strength and perseverance and support of my family I am able to pursue my interests.