Things You Learn Journeying (Close to) the Top of the World
There is something special about traveling to the Arctic that thrusts the rest of your life into a stark new perspective. This summer, I had the mind-blowing privilege of journeying to Torngat Mountains National Park and Hebron in Nunatsiavut Labrador, as well as areas in Greenland including Evighedsfiord, Disko Bay, and Illulissat. This opportunity was all thanks to landing my dream co-op placement with Parks Canada, who partnered with Students on Ice (SOI) to send us Northern Engagement Outreach team members to the North. This expedition in a nutshell was (and this is quoted from the founder of Students on Ice) essentially a “cult without the drugs” that connected and inspired about 200 polar veterans and newcomers from around the globe with the North. From these three life changing weeks, I gained a few invaluable life lessons I learned from these people and the Arctic itself.