By  Spencer Van Der Starren

“Making noise is great. As a teenager, it’s what I did. But sometimes, in order to make the right noise, one needs time—and quiet—to contemplate and filter. That’s why I put a mattress in the back of my car, drove 5 hours to Sequoia National Park, and parked under the stars. The park was empty. Surrounded by nothing but the largest and oldest trees on the planet, I finally found that quiet I needed. I left the Park refreshed and ready to start college with the right noises in mind.”