Sydney Ross

Sydney Ross

 
Attitude vs. Altitude

After a year of struggle, searching and change, a trek through the Himalayas taught me an extremely valuable lesson: we cannot always control our situation, but we can control how we react to it. When I had to be medically evacuated from my trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, I was devastated and disappointed in myself; after all, I had been over 6,000 feet higher, on Mount Kilimanjaro, the year prior. However, this experience turned out to be a blessing in disguise and a culmination of my experiences over the past year – a year of trial and error in many different aspects of my life. We all go through hardships and have doubts, but from this trek, I learned that it is okay to relinquish control, it is okay to fall short and it is okay to have struggles. After all, if you think growth can take place without a little struggle and discomfort — think again.

Audience takeaways

Ultimately, audience members will take away some simple suggestions about how they can alter their perspective to improve their day-to-day lives. Audience members will also walk away with a new definition of the word "failure" and how they can alter “bad” situations; and they will also be shown the hidden value of struggle.
Sydney Ross is a sophomore Roan Scholar at East Tennessee State University. At ETSU, Ross is a member of the American Medical Student Association, a member of the Preview and Orientation Leaders Organization and a ropes course facilitator on the Basler Outdoor Adventure Course. During the summer of 2017, she trekked in the Himalayas and spent 6 weeks teaching English at the Himalayan Children’s Care Home in Pokhara, Nepal. Ross is also a premed student majoring in anthropology with a minor in culture and health; she plans to pursue a career as a physician.