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Other than the obvious reason of needing it to live, water has made an influential impact on my life and the way I view the Earth. One of my favorite memories regarding water was when I went to camp in 2014 and 2015, where myself, along with 30 other campers stayed at a campground called, Deer Valley in Pennsylvania. Our main hang-out spot was on a small peninsula, where we would have fires, late night talks, sit out during the day, and so much more. Although, my favorite thing about being surrounded by the water was taking baths in the lake. I felt connected with the water because I had never cleaned myself in lake water before and it was such a meaningful experience due to how genuine the world felt in those moments. During my time there, the water connected everyone, and helped people bond over a similar interest.


University of Dayton Rivers Institute, Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, River Stewards, Great Miami River