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Hello all! I am twenty-two years old, and I hail from Buffalo, New York. I first started at Northwaters in the summer of 2011 with an all-women’s trip down the Makobe River at age fifteen. I embarked on more trips in subsequent summers with NWL, including a thirty-five day leadership training trip. Northwaters became my second home. The trips I went on provided me with such a sense of empowerment and an incredible strength that I had never before experienced. It gave me what I needed to accomplish most things I put my mind to in school and in my personal life, and to persevere in the face of the challenges of adolescence. I met most of my closest friends on those trips and I am so lucky to be able to work with those same people now to provide wonderful experiences to other young women and men. Northwaters is one of the happiest, most beautiful, and splendidly supportive environments I have had the privilege of experiencing! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, and am working on a Master’s in Sustainable Urban Planning at the University at Buffalo in New York. Canoe tripping is one of my greatest passions and I look forward to being able to share the joy it brings me and pass that love and excitement on to others.