Melanie Bownoth

Queens, New York - U.S. MARINE CORPS

Melanie Bownoth dreamed of doing something greater than herself — it’s why she joined the US Marines. While in serve, Melanie learned a lot about herself. She learned discipline and that she can overcome any obstacles. She learned to handle stressful situations and to easily adapt to any environment. She stood up with her brothers and sisters and she learned how to be a Marine.

Currently, Melanie is a full-time student at New York University. Through this expedition, she hopes to conquer new obstacles and gain an elevated sense of empowerment. She hopes to share the experiences of conquering her own fears with others and to support new friends in attaining the goals that they have set for themselves.


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