It is the final week of my SBFC Internship. Many things have happened this season, some good, some bad, and (definitely) some painful. The other interns and myself have been through a lot together. We have worked on miles of trails and seen some of the most beautiful places in the country. Our bodies have been stained with sweat, blood, and (after our most recent hitch) tears.
This summer has tested me mentally as well as physically. Being covered in mosquitos, a little loopy from dehydration, and experiencing an abundance of blisters and sores in all parts of my body were just a few of the “tests”. Throw all of those things on top of being submitted to upwards of 14-hour workdays, and it makes for a fun time. My experience sounds pretty awesome, huh?
Looking back on everything that happened this season, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Each and every experience has made me a much stronger person, helped me to realize and be grateful for the things that I have, and opened the door to lasting friendships. This has really been the summer of a lifetime and I will remember it for as long as I live. I want to thank all of the SBFC staff, the board members, the generous donors, and my fellow interns for allowing me to have a great season.
Jake Henry – Eastern Kentucky University
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