The swap is divided into three groups, each with a leader they can turn to for questions and suggestions. Each group is having individual contests for prizes. For our contest, group leader Chan asked us: “So, what gives you hope? How do you recharge and get energized when you’re feeling drained? And what is your favorite summer adventure, whether it’s a memory or an item on your agenda for this year or both?”

What gives you hope? I find this question rather ambiguous. What gives me hope constantly? When I feel down? Further, hope for what, exactly? I’ll just answer in the sense that the question means, “How do you cheer yourself up?” I talk to my family and friends if I need some cheering up. They are good, fun people. That, or I just go into my dorky, self-entertaining mode. I’m hoping a description isn’t necessary here.

How do you recharge and get energized when you’re feeling drained? Power tie? Red bull? No, seriously. I just take a bubble bath or drink some decaffeinated tea. I don’t feel drained very often and when I do I don’t want to get energized, but relax.

And what is your favorite summer adventure, whether it’s a memory or an item on your agenda for this year or both? Music, hiking, camping, barbecues…all the usual outdoor fun!