English Composition 121
January 29, 2014
Senior Field Studies showed me what it is like to live deep and suck the marrow out of life. I learned how to look at the world from a different angle and that life is not only black and white. Senior Field Studies (SFS) is a program that high school students have the opportunity of taking their senior year, and it gets them out of the classroom and into the world. Senior Field Studies is taught by two teachers Mark Leachman and Steve Porentas. These men have changed many lives. Mark started the program almost twenty-five years ago and it has been thriving ever since. SFS strives to show students the importance of learning through experience. From backpacking through Arizona’s cactus-filled desert to rafting ninety miles down the Green River in Utah, Senior Field Studies has greatly influenced my life.
It was February of last year when my life was most significantly changed. I had a fourth-five pound pack on my back and my muddy hiking boots strapped to my feet. The sun scorching. Cacti surrounded my feet and towered like skyscrapers all around me. The simply beauty of my surroundings moved me in a way that is hard to explain, I was changed. When I looked around at the cacti covered hills I saw a new form of beauty. The familiarity of Douglas Firs or the smell of the Ponderosa Pine left me back in Colorado. Arizona’s desert showed me how life is lived from the very basic essentials. Cacti live off very little precipitation and a large amount of sun. Arizona’s desert was pulling me in. The first day we hiked a total of seven excruciating miles. The sun was beating down on my neck as beads of sweat were rolling off my brow. Our first task was to climb what is referred to as “bitch hill” and its name holds a lot of truth. After the first day I had felt so accomplished. I then felt the urge to walk with naked feet on the earth just to feel grounded. There was a connection I made...
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