Hi! I’m Alyssa. I’m fourteen years old and am going to be entering 9th grade at Nueva in the fall. I enjoy reading, writing, and running. I’m really looking forward to the trip, and am excited to have the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture. In Pico Iyers’ words, what I’m looking forward to “is simply the luxury of leaving all my beliefs and certainties at home, and seeing everything I thought I knew in a different light, and from a crooked angle…the sovereign freedom of traveling comes from the fact that it whirls you around and turns you upside down, and stands everything you took for granted on its head” (1). This is exactly what I hope happens to me in Thailand, and exactly why I signed up for this trip. I can’t wait to see you all soon!