By: Bridget Graham
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Bridget with other participants on the Students on Ice 2011 Arctic Youth Expedition.
When I think back to the Arctic, my heart melts. No pun intended. I am still very grateful for the amazing opportunity I was given, and the trip that changed my life.
In June 2011, I was awarded the Leacross R. Bern Foundation Scholarship, a grant which awarded me a fully paid trip to the Arctic. My adventure began in late June and I spent the next 18 days travelling across Iceland, Greenland, Nunavik and Labrador. I met an incredible group of people and I realized my childhood dream of finally seeing a polar bear. I met an incredible group of people, which are more like family than friends. I was able to take everything in, and I learned in a whole new way. Everyday I think back to my experience, and I am continuously reminded of how truly blessed I am.
My first year of university is coming to its end, and this summer I have a new experience to be excited about. I have also been chosen to be a part of the Students on Ice Alumni delegation. This means that I will be attending the Rio +20 Earth Summit this coming June. But the experience is much more than that. I have and will continue to meet and make new friends. I will travel to a new and exciting place, and I will continue to expand my knowledge of the Polar Regions. There are not enough words to describe how happy I am to be a part of this experience, and I will continue to strive to make our delegation a success.