Francesca reflects on what it means to belong to a community — and the difficult decision to leave it.
After a trip to Kotzebue, volunteer Jenn says, “Returning to Nome is always my favorite part, as if each trip outward draws me closer inward.”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time.”
Jenn muses on the great journey of “becoming” as spring springs in a slushy Nome.
As the volunteer hiring process starts anew, Francesca shares her advice for future KNOM volunteers.
“Iditarod is everything,” says Jenn. “It is all-consuming, life-giving, spirit-rejuvenating insanity…and I only wish it could last forever.”
I know senior year is busy, but I hope you’ll take the time to read this.
Love, Jenn (a year from now)
Francesca shares her trials of mid-winter at KNOM with grueling work hours and limited sunlight to boot, but finds and shares her inspiration to push on.
Rounding out half a year at KNOM, volunteer Jenn returns from travels with a deeper appreciation for life in Nome.
Francesca rhymes her resolutions for the next half year in Nome.
“It couldn’t have happened overnight, but at some point I realized that I’m working in a place I now consider a home,” says volunteer Jenn.