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Olivia Hewitt

Olivia Hewitt
Olivia is a sophomore at Tufts University, where she’s exploring how the intersection of storytelling and design thinking can bring about positive change. Can be found interviewing people about their Nalgenes (@nalgenes_of_tufts) … or their socks (@sock_sightings). Blames NOLS for her reliance on dates & almond butter. Trying to write more and do more, and thanking her NOLS instructor Jon for encouraging both of those endeavors. You can contact her at oliviajhewitt[at]

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Do NOLS Even (and Especially) If You’re Scared

By Olivia Hewitt on Dec 10, 2018
Me feeling excited and nervous right before I shared some passages from my journal with the group. Taken at Martin's Park campsite, one of the most beautiful spots we came to. Photo courtesy of Olivia Hewitt.

About four months ago I sat in one of my college’s campus cafés and procrastinated away my final few minutes before class. I was in the middle of a season of complete chaos, and was trying to find something that would re-energize and center me. I was scrolling through a bunch of NOLS blog posts when suddenly a strange thing happened:

As I read about tents being blown over at 3 a.m. by torrential rain, days of brutal heat and scarce food and blistering heels, I started to cry tears of joy.

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Topics: Live the Dream, Pacific Northwest Backpacking, expeditions, stories