“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I've loved the times in my life when I hadn't showered in several days, was eating dehydrated food, and had cuts and scrapes on my arms and legs.
The Australian bush is a formidable and dangerous place, but I credit my father for my love of its beauty. Over the past 28 years I have spent countless nights in the wilderness, dangled off many a rope, paddled remote rivers, and scrambled through craggy canyons — often with my father, and later with my friends. And in hindsight, I have loved every minute of these adventures.
However, in the moment, it was challenging, uncomfortable, confronting, and scary. I've had falls. I have scars. I've been lost, short of food and water, and thoroughly exhausted. But it's these moments that made me who I am — a tomboy. I love the simplicity of being in the wild, the focus on basic necessities, and the bonds that it creates between companions. In my grubbiness I have found strength; in the challenges, tenacity; in exhaustion, perseverance; and in the scars, great stories. And when I have been lost, I have always found my way home.
It is these memories, and the role of adventure in the development of one's self that I never want to lose sight of. Even as a professional life calls me to the city, I will keep having dangerous adventures, both in the familiar bush and in new locations. I want to share this very spirit of adventure with everyone I touch — to inspire them to take risks, be challenged, enjoy the beauty of God's creation, and create defining memories for themselves.
— Emily Davis
Each year we ask our classmates a straightforward, simple question taken from the lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver.
We share with you intimate and candid responses to this question, "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Concept and photography:
Tony Deifell, MBA '02
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