This is the story of one girls navigation through the uncharted and unpredictable waters of high school. High school was " the worst of times and the best of times" with hard lessons and ordinary triumphs.
My story was documented in letter form to "Aunt Rachel" a woman who never lived and whose spirit and personality are entirely fiction. Yet though she never truly existed, she served as a companion, advisor and friend to a girl who sometimes didn't have the words to say what she needed to say.
While the majority of this book is based on accurate recollections, certain names, locations and events have been changed for privacy. Certain entries have also been augmented from letters, notes and comments received during this time period.
May you enjoy the story, as much or more than I enjoyed the journey.
When she first stepped onto the grounds of Humboldt State University, Emily knew that this was the school for her-and she was right. The three years she has completed in Arcata have helped her to blossom into awareness about the complexities of wildlife and human relationships, the fact that there is more gray than we wish to acknowledge in the political and international world and that sometimes there is beauty in the smallest dandelion.
Emily is working towards a bachelor of science in wildlife management/conservation. While she does not know if she wants to concentrate on any particular wildlife management field yet, she has dreams of working on the Farallon Islands off the shore of San Francisco and swimming with the great white sharks in their natural environment.