When I was 17 I had to serve a one-year mandatory military service, and was placed in the barracks that provided security to the country’s president. I was serving during the most violent time of the country which is when drug lord Pablo Escobar declared total war against the Colombian government. If you’ve watched the Netflix TV series Narcos, you’ll know what I mean. I was suddenly in the thick of it all! This was also the first time I experienced being completely out of my comfort zone.