April 26th 2012
On my second last day of the conference I spent most of my time at the Students on Ice (http://studentsonice.com/) booth in the exhibition hall of the International Polar Year conference. I spent hours speaking to new and very interested individuals who were in some cases familiar with Students on Ice and to some the organization was completely new.
After running through my elevator pitch, the same speech I’ve recited close to a thousand times this week I began to realize just how big of an impact Students on Ice has had on my life. It sparked my interest for all things northern, which previously was centered on polar bears, or sea bears as I used to call them as a child. I traveled with a group of people, who I now consider to be like family to me, and I continue to meet alumni and partners of the program everywhere I go. I gained so much confidence in myself and in youth as a whole and I truly believe that we will make positive change throughout the whole world and especially in the Polar Regions.
Through Students on Ice, I have become involved with the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation headed to Rio, as well as Carbon Neutral Antarctica and a youth forum initiative for the Arctic Council. Students on Ice changed my life and I will always be extremely grateful to Geoff Green (http://geoffgreen.ca/) and the whole team (http://www.studentsonice.com/index.php?content=team). I will continue to tell my story and hopefully the lives of many will be affected as a result.