My name is Gabby Borzooyeh and my first year at camp was in 2009.

What are your 1st memories of getting off the bus your very 1st summer?

When I got off the bus my very first summer, I felt butterflies in my stomach, since I was a little nervous for this new experience. Once I found the friends I had met before the summer and looked for my name on the bunk signs, the butterflies went away and a big smile appeared on my face. I knew that it was going to be one of the best summers. As each summer went by at camp, I tried new things I never thought I would do and made friends who I love and couldn't imagine my life without.

What do you think is the prettiest place in camp to step back and appreciate the beauty of Tyler Hill?

In my opinion, the prettiest place in camp to step back and appreciate the beauty of Tyler Hill is the Silver Lake. During STARFISH every Friday night, the Silver Lake looks so beautiful behind the camp-a-theater and always takes my breath away.

What are 2 or 3 things you've learned about yourself over the course of your time at THC?

Over the course of my time at THC, I've learned many new qualities about myself. For example, I realized how outgoing I am and that I enjoy making new friends. In addition, I learned how spirited I can be, by cheering at all the sports events and screaming till I lose my voice during color war. Lastly, I learned about and embraced my love for sports, especially flag football. It is a sport I never thought I would ever pursue, but Teen and Super summer allowed me to enjoy it as much as I could, by creating teams and competing against each other and participating in the Westmont Football Tournament.

Has there been a counselor at THC that has really made an impact on you? Who and why?

There has been a counselor who really made an impact on me. My second summer at camp, when I was a freshman B and I was in Bunk 6, one of my favorite counselors was Nikki Leffler. She had an impact on me because she was always involved with the bunk and I felt like I could go to her for anything. In addition, she made my summer one of the best ones I have ever had. I hope that when I am a counselor I will have a positive impact on one of my campers.

What's your single greatest memory at THC?

One of my single greatest memories of THC is the time my division and the division a year younger came back from the Westmont Football Tournament. The whole day when we were playing against other teams was one of the most fun experiences of the summer and when our team won the whole tournament, I was filled with so much joy. We were all so happy and proud of our win and couldn't wait to bring the trophy back to camp. The whole bus ride back to camp, all of us were screaming and cheering the whole time, losing our voices a little more after each cheer. When we pulled into camp, everyone was in front of the dining hall as we got off the bus. It was so amazing to see everyone cheering for us and my favorite part of the whole day was when we jumped in the lake to celebrate our victory. This memory will definitely stay with me forever.

What one piece of advice do you want to share with younger campers?

Some advice I want to share with younger campers is to always be happy with who you are, be open to making new friends, and enjoy all the experiences Tyler Hill has to offer. In addition, don't ever take this place for granted because before you know it, it will be your last summer as a camper, even though just yesterday it felt like you were stepping off the bus on your first day at camp.

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