I’m Federico Ghelli, I’m from Rome, and I will attempt to become the youngest Italian to ever hike the whole 3525km (2190 miles) of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. In case of success, I will also be the first Italian to do it solo.
After a year spent in London, working as a Content Executive for iSportconnect, the world’s largest network of sport business executives, I decided to achieve this great goal and write a little bit of my country’s history.
Everyting started six years ago, when I moved to the United States with the goal of earning a college degree and play soccer.
The latter didn’t quite work out, but I reached my first goal in May 2015, when I graduated as class Salutatorian from The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, with two bachelor degree, one in print and the other in broadcast journalism, with a minor in Spanish as well.
From there I had the luck to enter one of the most prestigious schools of journalism in the country and earn a Master’s degree.
Moving to America was a total gamble. I was a terrible student who barely made it through high school, and my English was bad as well. That was the result of five years failing it in high school and six months spent in England working at McDonald’s all day (the only place that would hire me since I couldn’t speak a word of English), and attending English classes three hours a day.
All these life experiences shaped the man I am now, giving me the vision of striving for success in all my endeavors. I learned to work hard and prove my worth, hoping that one day my dedication will take me to reach my biggest dreams.
But being a communication specialist speaking three languages and having great deal of experience in the field wasn’t enough.
So, here’s why I made the decision to take up this “crazy” feat of hiking the whole Appalachian Trail.
For the next 5/6 months I will be enjoy discussing about my latest adventures and learning as I depart for my biggest gamble in life thus far.
If you’d like to know something more, follow my journey here or don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to share more about my thoughts and experiences with you.