I had the privilege of growing up at Appleby since my dad began teaching here in 2004. When I say this community raised me, our Northern Campus was just as much, if not more, a part of that as my experiences in Oakville.
In addition to the connections I made with my peers and teachers, which are always at the top of everyone's list of takeaways, my time at Rabbit Nose Island and Lake Temagami taught me about the importance of resiliency and hard work. While I was comfortable with checking off rubric requirements in the classroom, the unknown, unexpected, and uncontrollable situations, such as accidental canoe tips, collapsing quinzhees, solo hikes, and adverse weather conditions, all prepared me to handle life better.
I have participated in over 10 trips as a student, leader, and faculty supervisor, and each time I am challenged in new ways. The outdoor education program at Appleby instilled in me the belief that growth happens outside of our comfort zone and how we react to difficult circumstances is a significant indicator of success.