On the middle Saturday, we attended the science disco. I went as rainbow fish, Moriah as a mole and Shaun as Albert Einstein. It was a fantastic night, but I unfortunately got hit by accident and fractured my sternum. After a visit to the hospital and a relaxing day with our Rotarian families, we returned to our final week at the forum.
We visited laboratories, participated in interesting debates, learned about Australian universities, chanted, listened to inspiring speakers and so much more! The last night of the forum, we stayed up all night saying goodbye. I cried for at least two hours straight! We then took a taxi to the airport at 5 am and got on our flight to Sydney, where we flew to LA, Detroit and then drove home where Moriah caught a flight up to Thunder Bay.
I would just like to say that these past 23 days have encompassed the greatest experience of my life. Australia is not merely a travel destination, it's an infectious way of life similar to addiction: you never want to leave such a beautiful and laid back country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some amazing people who will most certainly remain my friends forever.
As I write this I am suffering from Post NYSF Depression (or PNYSFD). Though I am sad to have left, the memories and experiences I now have will remain with me for the rest of my life. From the bottom of my patriotic heart, my sincerest thanks are extended to Juliet Schilling, Kristina Miller and Rebecca Wardell for allowing us to stay with them prior to the forum. I also would like to thank Geoffrey Burchfield, the entire NYSF staff and Youth Science Canada for making this trip available for Canadian students. My life has been forever changed and each and every one of you have made my voyage down under unforgettable! It has been an honour to represent my country and the next generation of scientists and innovators. My only hope is that every student is able to be as inspired as I have been to make a difference and invent the future.
Canada is represented at the 2012 Australian National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) by three students selected at the 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair: Jessie MacAlpine of Woodstock, ON, Moriah Harvey of Nipigon, ON, and Shaun MacDonald of Tulita, NT.