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Hello!

Hey group A!

My name is Sierra Goodfriend, and I can’t wait to meet all of you in less than two weeks. I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area, and I live just outside of San Francisco, which is my favorite city in the world (so far). At home, I spend a lot of my time with my friends and my dog Tyler. I attached pictures of him-he’s very cute and I love him. I also love music festivals and traveling, and most of all I love to be outdoors-hiking, swimming, skiing-all that good stuff. My dream is to go and hike the Swiss Alps hut-to-hut, but for now I’m happy going camping and backpacking in CA. I’m also (obviously!!) really, really looking forward to trekking in South America with all of you. 🙂

I have a pretty small family in the United States, but I have lots of cousins in Israel, and so that’s where I will be going for the second semester of my gap year. I know for sure that this upcoming year is going to stretch me and put me out of my comfort zone, but that’s exactly what I’m looking for. I’m sure we’ll all undergo positive changes, and hopefully come home with countless new experiences. Not having a phone will be super liberating, and being away from social media is honestly one of the things that I look forward to the most.

Everyone have safe travels and I’ll see you soon!

-Sierra