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At age 19, I decided to go to Nepal by myself to complete the Residential Project section of my Gold Award and undertake the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. To this day, it is still the most challenging thing I have ever done but also one of the most rewarding. Not only was the trek itself extremely difficult but it took a lot of mental strength to keep going as well. I look back now and I am still so proud that I did that by myself at that age but also extremely grateful that I was given the opportunity to be a part of something so special. Without the Award, I never would have looked to do something like that and since then it has opened so many doors for me. It helped me grow as a person, get out of my comfort zone and meet a range of new people. Something that I think has really helped me in life to this day. When I look at this photo, it reminds me of the beautiful scenery I was lucky enough to witness, the awe I felt for those incredibly hardworking sherpas and the happiness I felt completing something so challenging as a solo young woman.
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