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Windsor Mountain Essay

 Rory Kennealy

Fitz English

Windsor Mountain Essay

9/17/19 

Windsor Mountain

Face your fears and help your friends out

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What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

-Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

    Here I am 12 feet up in the air. Looking down at the dark brown water. There is only one way to get down. Jump. The bruise on my leg is throbbing in pain. My body shaking I look down at the kids waiting to go after me on the dive tower. I tell them to count down from 5 and then I’ll jump. 5...4...3...2...1. Being at Windsor Mountain taught me that I can overcome my fears and my advisor group works well with each other and they help each other out

 

    When you succeed there is always there is always a team or a group that helped you out. At Windsor Mountain I learned that my advisor group helps each other out. The point of the Windsor mountain trip for the eighth grade to bond and for your advisor group to bond. It was at Windsor mountain where I got the biggest, grossest bruise I have ever seen. I got it when I was playing broomball with my advisor group (broomball is floor hockey played with brooms.) and I was running down the floor going for the goal when I fell right over on my knee. The day that I got that bruise my leg was throbbing in pain. It really hurt to walk or to bend over. So that day my advisor group helped by picking stuff up for me while we were cleaning up. But more specifically I remember when my group was writing with markers and I dropped mine Sam Kahn picked it up for me because it was hard for me to bend down and pick it up. I will always remember the way my advisor group helped me out.

 

 

 

    It doesn’t take a while for a group to come together as one. In this case it only took one for my advisor group to come together. At Windsor mountain, I learned that my advisor group works well together. As Curtis, the assistant director camp calls out the activities that the different advisor groups will do for their 6th activity period. He calls out Mr. Romero’s advisory will be doing initiatives. As I heard from my classmates, initiatives was a team-building exercises. I knew from the low ropes course that my advisor group can work well together. When we get to initiatives we do our 6th different name game. With Gab the counselor from Australia saying her name the name game ends and initiatives begins. The counselors start explaining that Gab had to go through a long process to get her visa to come to America. The activities that we were going to do were supposedly to get us to the get our visa for a place we wanted to go to. Our advisor was going to work together to get through these different challenges to get our “visa”. As we made our way through the different challenges our pace kept getting higher and our advisor group was moving through the challenges with ease. As we were finishing the activities I realized that our advisor group works really together and we really go after a challenge and we really work well together.      

 

    In life you always have to face your fears. At Windsor Mountain I learned that I can face my fears. On Wednesday I went down to the waterfront to face my fear and jump off the tower. Down at the waterfront there are many things to do there is a rope swing a water trampoline and the dive tower. The dive tower has two places to jump off of one is like 4-5 feet and the other is a 12 foot jump. When I am walking on the dock I hear kids saying that the water is freezing. Now I’m contemplating going in because I don't know how cold the water is. I decide to jump in. When I jump in my body is shocked from the cold and I immediately swim back to the dock. I walk back up to the main part of camp. The next day it was pouring rain and I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to do the dive tower. At the end of the day the suns comes out and I walk back down to the waterfront. This time I jump right in and swim right to the dive tower. It takes a minute for me to climb up. And There I am 12 feet up in the air. Looking down at the dark brown water. There is only one way to get down. Jump. The bruise on my leg is throbbing in pain. My body shaking I look down at the kids waiting to go after me on the dive tower. I tell them to count down from 5 and then I’ll jump. 5...4...3...2...1. I jump down my body crashes on the water and I race back up to the surface. I jump out of the water and yell “that was awesome!” Fears can be broken and that was I learned from the dive tower.

 

    In the end Windsor mountain was a great experience and I will remember it for a long time.

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