As a young woman, 12 years old, it was an incredible opportunity to travel abroad, to a country whose culture was so different from mine. I remember about halfway through the trip, we were staying in a location near a river. One day, our activity was to go fishing, and much to my dismay my dad made me hold one of the fish I’d caught! That experience pushed me out of my comfort zone, much like the time when we went to the deer park and I fed a deer from my hand. Each day was a new adventure, and without the support of my family and my city, I would not have been able to experience these identity forming memories, which feed in to my desire to travel and learn about varied cultures.