I recently graduated from the Ventura Training Center in Camarillo, California. Reflecting on my journey, I recognize the impact of past decisions on my life and feel a strong sense of indebtedness to the community. The program was incredibly challenging, testing me emotionally, physically, and mentally. However, the feeling of accomplishment upon completion is indescribable. This is just the first step in my journey, and despite my age, I’m determined to pursue a long career with Cal Fire. I want to encourage others, regardless of age, to join this program and give it their all. I’ve already accepted a job with Cal Fire, and I’m eagerly looking forward to starting.