The counselors at my local corps made a big impact on my life. My first day there, when my counselor asked me what I wanted to do with my life, I didn’t have any idea. For me back then, a job was just about getting money. I figured I’d just work at Walmart, whatever. After several months, she encouraged me to join the 2-month SEKI-CC project in the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Forest. I had never been to a forest before, never done any conservation work, so I asked my supervisor about it. He’d been a Wildland fire fighter and convinced me to give it a try. I really wanted to get in better shape so I went back and told my counselor ok! She was really proud of me and helped me sign up.