Sunny Malik Explains How He's Changed Since Snowflake Mountain - Exclusive

Netflix tackles the pejorative archetype of a "snowflake," which is a word some older generations use to describe a sensitive, lazy person. The Independent reported that the slang term was the word of the year in 2016, as it gained popularity with the moniker for the younger generation who were viewed by their elders as more weaker and more privileged.

That being said, the concept of "Snowflake Mountain," which just premiered its first season on Netflix, focuses on the millennial and Gen-Z age group, duping "entitled" young adults to learn survival necessities in hopes of a palpable lifestyle change.

Over the course of eight episodes, the cast manages their new reality while thrust into the Lake District of England, where they must stay in tents and source food for themselves and engaging in challenges such as deer-skinning and mountain climbing in hopes to win a $50,000 grand prize.

One of those contestants was Sunny Malik, a finalist and one of the more "regular" personalities of the group who. In an exclusive interview with The List, he shares how he's grown since the show ended.

Snowflake Mountain has made Sunny open to new things

Though Sunny Malik unfortunately didn't take hope the grand prize, he certainly gained some insight on how he's continuing to stay courageous even after the show has ended.

"I'm willing to do a lot more stuff that I would've not have done or I would've not [shown] up for," he said in our full exclusive interview. "Climbing the tree, if that was something a friend suggested, I'd be like, "No, I'm not going to do it." It was so scary, but it did give you that crazy adrenaline boost. Skinning the deer, as graphic as that was, it really made me willing [to be] open to new things. I'm open to everything. I say yes to any opportunity I get now. I have pretty bad anxiety. Who doesn't? I feel good now. I'm more willing to venture out into new things [and] put myself out there."

Discussing the challenges he faced while on the show, Malik says, "As weird as it sounds, skinning the deer with Cat [another featured survival instructor] was, in my head, my turning point, because that's so beyond outside my comfort zone that once I did that, that was what opened the door to me being willing to do [adventure challenges] like climbing the tree, climbing the mountain. That was only possible because I was able to [skin] the deer. I actually was ready to leave, but [when] Devon left [that challenge], I was like, 'I can't leave too.' That forced me into it, but it was for the best. I'm glad I did. I don't want to say [it was] triggering, but [it was], for lack of a better term. That was such a high. Getting over that hump made everything else honestly smooth sailing in comparison."

Snowflake Mountain is now streaming on Netflix.