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“I firmly believe that in order to grow as an individual, you must push yourself to explore unfamiliar aspects of the world around you.  As a South Carolinian, born and raised, my knowledge of Native American culture, more specifically Navajo culture, was all but non-existent.  While here in Durango on National Student Exchange, I saw the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the Navajo people by participating in an alternate spring break.  I jumped at the opportunity for another adventure. To read about a place and its people limits your experience to words.  It is these  words that resound in your head to create a picture, describe a sensation, or explain a concept.  But words are only words, and you experience but a fraction of what it is like to truly be there.  It was not until I stood upon a rock face hundreds of feet above Canyon de Chelly, soaking up the beauty of my surroundings, that the spirit of the land enveloped me.  After a week of living with the Navajo, hearing their stories, and sharing their culture, I had grown to gain a deeper understanding of the land, its people, and what they contribute to the character of the United States.”   Student Tyler Polomski

If you participated in or have any thoughts on Newman Club's Spring Break Trip, 2011 that you would like to add, feel free to comment!!!



David Lloyd
04/03/2011 6:47am

Beautifully written essay! Very insightful!


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