Thao Uyen Nguyen
My name is Thao, I'm 17 years old, and I'm the oldest child as well as the first of my family to go to college. Two summers ago, through a program I was able to go on a trip with Environmental Traveling Companion (ETC), a trip which has changed my life. On that fateful trip, I met a group of people with different perspectives and stories. From a loud girl who was living her life based on others' expectations of her, I learnt to sit back, listen and observe what goes on around me, what others around me are sharing, and most importantly, I learned to live my life: I learned to find my own path, to express myself and to achieve my goals. I had a lot of fun and it was such an amazing summer for me! Beside learning about myself and others around me, I also learned about the environment, leadership and outdoor skills, as well as, many other skills that are important in the process of growing up. Because I am so blessed to have ETC in my life, I hope that others young adults such as myself can have the opportunity like I did. So please help me, help ETC and help other young adults by donating to Thao's Hopes of a Summer so I can paticipate in the Paddle-a-Thon! Paddle-a-Thon is a fun race for kayakers, surf skiers, stand-up board paddlers, and outrigger canoeists. Every dollar raised will go towards ETC!