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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

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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!!!

 


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David Lloyd
04/03/2011 6:47am

Beautifully written essay! Very insightful!

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