Hi, my name is Emma Stewart. I am a comic-and-superhero-loving girl and I always have been since my dad has worked at a comic shop. I love polar bears and any type of special animal. I have a younger brother and sister, which makes me the oldest. I have a great mom and dad who take care of me and support me so much. Costa Rica was great and it really changed me. Before the trip I wanted to be a cop, so I could help the people who need help. Being accepted by No Barriers to have a scholarship for this trip helped solidify my decision to be a cop and to help others. It was so exciting; I have never been happier. I realized when I was reading that letter that I can make a difference and I already have by accepting to go to Costa Rica. I have helped people before. It's an instinct; I was born and raised that way. I have always been told to do the right thing, even when nobody's watching. When I was ready to go on the trip I was all prepared and couldn't be happier. When we were on the plane there, I was thinking about how this choice and decision will really change the way I look at things and what I can do. Costa Rica was the greatest time of my life. All of the people who were with us were the greatest people in the world. They all made the decision to help people. I am really grateful that I got a scholarship, otherwise I wouldn't have ever gone zip-lining and get over my fear of heights, or realize how different culture is all over the world. I got to see all the different herbal plants they grow and how these plants help the people. Learning about crops like chocolate and pineapple, and the rainforest, was exciting and interesting. Costa Rica was my greatest experience and I will encourage anyone to do it because it was truly amazing.