My name is Dmitri, and I’m so excited for this amazing trip. I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and am a rising 11th grader. I have an older brother in college, a dog, a cat, and a pet tortoise. I have always loved traveling, and have been fortunate enough to have gone backpacking and traveling many times since I was young. I have always had a vague interest in India, but I was inspired to apply to Dragons after I met a Dragons instructor last summer. I was on a backpacking trip in Wyoming with NOLS where we spent four weeks hiking, and one of the instructors there also had worked for Dragons in India many times. Another instructor was Indian and told me lots of fascinating things about his country from trips he’d led there. I have only ever gone backpacking in the United States, and I am really interested in seeing the rural parts of another country. My NOLS instructors made me really interested in traveling to India with Dragons. I can’t wait to get started and I feel so thankful to my family that I am able to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
Some interesting things about me are that I play the flute and just started learning piano, I love cross-country running and skiing, and despite being named Dmitri, I’m not Russian (I’m named after one of my dad’s best friends). I also love music, rap and R&B being my favorite genres, but also indie rock and classical. I love clothes and sneakers, I love reading, and I love to draw (but I’m not that good at it).
To me, sustainability means practicing a lifestyle of minimum material input and output in the world. Reducing consumption is as important as reducing waste. You should also be aware of where everything you use comes from and how it is made. One thing I have done for sustainability is I became vegetarian this year, although I will be departing from that diet for this trip because I do not want to miss out on any amazing food offered to me. I think that living sustainably means taking a second thought before buying something or disposing of something.