It is a great privilege for me to serve here in Arizona State as an Atlas Corps Fellow. This state of Arizona is nicknamed as The Grand Canyon State. Most of the canyon or the valley is within the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona (one of the first national parks in the United States). The Grand Canyon is unmatched throughout the world for the vistas it offers to visitors on the rim. The Grand Canyon attracts about five million visitors per year.
The Grand Canyon was formed by the uplifting of the Colorado plateau and erosion caused by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years. It is 277 miles long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles, and attains a depth of more than a mile. Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s history can be observed in the layers of exposed rock.
Prehistoric Native Americans built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon a holy site and made pilgrimages to it.
Given the above historical background of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it was unfortunate that I was not able to see it last Saturday due to the Government Shutdown. The shutdown has affected all the national parks across the country.
Seeing the Grand Canyon will be a lifelong experience for me. Millions of people come all over the world to see this historical place. I want to thank Atlas Service Corps for giving me this opportunity to learn new things in the non-profit sector profession and for having had this privilege to be serving at Arizona State, the land of Grand Canyon.
The shutdown of the government two weeks ago have deprived United States’ visitors like me from exploring the great land of adventure, and the most famous place on earth. I wish the government reach a final deal soon, so that I can grab this chance to see Grand Canyon before my fellowship comes to an end in the next five months. I wish to have such extra experience so that I will have something to tell about the greatness of the American physical features and her richness with natural gift.
Despite eagerness to see the Grand Canyon, I had the opportunity of hiking for the first time, South Mountain, situated in South of Phoenix, Arizona. This was great experience. Brandon Day, Jany Deng and I hiked for five miles. As this was my first experience, I did not know that I was going to reach on the top of the mountain. I called upon my fellow Fellows to come pay me visit to Arizona and we go hiking together, it will be fun.
The purpose of this message is that, in the United States of American, it does not matter which State you serve in, you still have to see great historical sites that made the US a world’s greatest nations. Take your free time to pay a visit to such places and you will learn a great deal of experience and something that you will take back to your country after your fellowship. You should have some memories of the United States of America and for Atlas Corps Fellowship Program.
God bless Atlas Corps Fellows, and God bless all of your countries.