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A literary connection

Dear Editor:

To the Aspen Community Scholarship contributors, thank you for making my experimental education possible.

This year I went on “On the Rail – San Francisco to Monterey.” This trip took me from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco to the beautiful beaches of Monterey. I learned so much about writing, and was so inspired by the city and by the ocean of Northern California. This trip is something I feel so blessed to have participated in. While on this trip, I learned so much about the literature and music that filled the city, and the small coastal town of Monterey.

Monterey and San Francisco were two places that inspired some of the best writers and musicians, like Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and countless others. Walking down one of San Francisco’s many districts, The Haight, was so mesmerizing for me. To be walking down the streets where some of my musical heroes hung out, and even lived, was something I will never forget. Knowing that the song “Red House,” by Jimi, was actually inspired by a house that I saw, was like a dream come true.

The Ex Ed program is something I treasure dearly. It brought me out of my comfort zone, and exposed me to new experiences and people. I have made so many new friends that without Ex Ed I probably never even would have spoken to. When I look back on my life 20 years from now, and think of my freshman year of high school, I will think of this amazing opportunity I was given by the Aspen High School. So, once again, thank you so much for not only an amazing experience, but a memory I will cherish forever.

Yasmeen Abu Nada

Aspen High School


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