Challenge and Growth
This year in Explore I have grown in areas that I didn’t anticipate. It has stretched me in ways that I did not expect because of the many challenges that were presented throughout the year. When you come to Explore you are plunged into an environment that is different than anything that you will experience in any other program. You are submerged in a community of diversity 24/7 and discover that amongst the differences there is a unity we are all striving for. At times it is challenging (so much that you wonder why your still there) which is always followed by the joys of success and realizing how much there is to learn from the experiences you have gone through. A good example of this was the winter specialization. I was on the base camping specialization, where you spend five days winter camping in the snow. The camping in itself is not where the challenge lies, rather it is in the duration of the trip combined with weather, tiredness, and the lack of comfort. At times it is challenging, you want nothing more than to get off that mountain and get warm and dry. When you look back at the experience, you may not want to go through it again for a while, but you wouldn’t trade it for anything. You are able to look back and take pride in what you accomplished but also learn from the experience. The change and struggle produce not only individual but community growth. In a way the whole Explore experience is like these trips; there are times you want out, it gets hard, but once you are through those rough spots there is room to grow and to learn about yourself. The entire year you are living alongside other members in the program teaching you the meaning of community, roles, and how you interact with others.It is an experience that I wouldn’t want to trade for anything, and I cant wait for the next challenge to come my way.
Tyrell is a farm boy from southern Alberta and is finishing his one-year certificate with Explore. People love his fun loving attitude. His signature expression among his fellow students is his loud “ee-ooww!!!” when surprised or injured.