I’ve never been the kind of person to travel a lot. I’ve never had anything against it, but my family was just never the type to have a “yearly vacation spot” or even go camping on the weekends. The most adventurous place I’ve ever been was Cozumel, Mexico, where I braved the all-inclusive resort and battled the desire to eat everything in sight.
Once I finished high school, I never even felt the need to go somewhere adventurous for college. Instead, I stayed close to home, close to family, close to my comfort zone. So, what brings me to the Backpack Journalism team? To travel. To see the world. To share experiences.
In class, I’ve joined discussions about the importance of bearing witness. I’ve learned how journalists can share others’ stories and make a difference. I’ve heard the stories of different parts of the world and imagined what life is like outside of Nebraska.
This trip to Alaska is my chance to actively experience these things that I’ve learned about in the classroom. I know that we probably won’t change the lives of the people we encounter in Alaska, but I have a strong feeling they might change ours. Personally, I have never experienced anything like what we’ll experience in Bethel, Alaska. I think this trip is going to be incredibly eye-opening for me and will give me a new perspective about life, especially how fortunate my life is.
So much to my family’s surprise, yes, I really am traveling to Alaska, and I couldn’t be more excited about it!