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Hi everyone! My name is Celine and I am just finishing my freshman year in high school. I live in Seattle and go to an all-girl Catholic school in Bellevue called Forest Ridge. I love reading Shakespearian comedy, Chinese literature and Enlightenment philosophy. I have a passion for learning language and exploring different culture which is the primary reason I joined this group. I play cello and my favorite classical music composer is Shostakovich.

I have not had many outdoor experiences before and I am so excited to get out of my comfort zone. When I was in eighth grade, I went to a five-day outdoor trip with Outward Bound and my classmates. The process was hard for every one of us but I think the takeaways are the most important. I’m sure many of you guys have gone through programs much more intense than what I experienced, and your resilience is one of the qualities I admire the most. That was the first time I had done something like that and I felt tremendously encouraged because I made it. I bonded with my classmates and I am motivated by this sense of personal achievement. I know this upcoming journey to Guatemala is going to be tougher, but I look forward to confront all the challenges!

Can’t wait to meet you all this summer 🙂