What do you recall most about being 17?

17 was attending Harvard as a freshman, living away from home for the first time, being surrounded by school and kind strangers, and trying to deal with my BFF’s attempted suicide from a world away. It was working cleaning bathrooms to have spare money, spending my summer doing two part time jobs, and having medical vertigo for over three weeks straight. It was finding my feet, finding I could do IT all, and having new people as well as old look out for me. It was going to my first LARP event. It was Awesome in all aspects of the word.

18 brought fear that almost kept me from one of the greatest experiences of my life: interning at Biosphere 2. Thankfully, my friends and Mom were smart enough to push me on, and I was able to face the fear with their support.


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