In a time of great confusion, leaders must rise. Facing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the wrath of Hurricane Rita taught me more than I ever could have imagined. With help from the National Guard and other government agencies, many lives were saved. Through my experience in Louisiana, I have developed memories that will always be with me and have built bonds of friendship that can never be broken. Whether it be a sunny day or a day filled with hundred-mile-an-hour winds, it is always important to be around those that can be trusted. I put my life in the hands of Louisianans and came out with only a few bumps and bruises. Nothing kept me from my duties; not the mold, rotting fish, or even the overused, unflushed bathrooms.