Photo by Herman Saini
Senior Leslie Liger
For senior Leslie Liger, her disappointment and stress reached its peak after she received three tests grades that were not up to her standards. To help alleviate her anxiety, she turned to an activity that she had been doing daily for two years — hiking.
“I hike every single day. It's just a way to help relax myself from the daily stresses of school and I play tennis and that's really stressful sometimes,” Liger said. “It's just a way to escape and reflect on the day.”
Although Liger spends the majority of her time hiking alone, she also uses it as a way to strengthen the bond with her friends.
“[Hiking is a] really good way to step outside of technology, talk to your friends about your life and have deep conversations,” Liger said. “If you were surrounded by technology, you wouldn't really talk about those kinds of things, so it's a really good way to focus your mind on something important.”
Liger also believes that the importance of being in nature and taking time to reflect is something that every student should do.
“At MVHS, we're so focused on getting good grades, but when I went hiking I started really thinking about what makes me happy,” Liger said. “It really helped reset myself again.”
Science teacher Kyle Jones
While camping with his family at age seven, science teacher Kyle Jones slowly lowered his line into the dark water. Feeling a tug, he eagerly lifted his pole and saw a small fish at the end, its rainbow scales shimmering in the light. As he struggled to hold on to its slippery skin, Jones was overcome with a sense of accomplishment and pride.
To this day, catching a fish still sparks the same joy in Jones as it did all those years ago. Recently, Jones has hiked and camped at nearby trails by himself to relive his childhood experiences, become more connected with nature and find refuge from modern life.