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To the Members of the Frank E. and Salome B. Smith Scholarship Committee,

I hope this finds you all in good spirits and enjoying a beautiful Colorado summer! While living in San Francisco these past couple of months, I have grown very homesick for the mountains and that refreshing alpine air. Luckily, I have the chance to return home for a few weeks before beginning my Junior year at Haverford.

I’d like to thank you all for your continued support throughout my undergraduate experience. It is pretty wild to know that I am now officially half-way towards earning a bachelors in English. Getting to this point was certainly no small feat, as the spring finals period required me to do the greatest amount of writing I have ever completed in so short a period of time. Faced with such a treacherous workload, I greatly appreciated the care package from CCC Manitou to help push me through a grueling two weeks of work on eight different essays. I’m glad to say that I came out the other side a better and wiser man!

The internship I took part in this summer in San Francisco was a very illuminating experience. The organization I worked with, Voice of Witness, is dedicated to fostering an empathy-based understanding of contemporary human rights crises. They do this by putting together oral history collections that amplify the voices of individuals affected by injustice, and by providing curricular support and training to educators who desire to use the books in their teaching. As an intern, I had the chance to help transcribe and edit interviews for a couple upcoming Voice of Witness books, as well as assisting in the development of curriculum for some of the already-released oral history collections in the series. Because these powerful narratives have been so life changing for me, I encourage you all to check the book series out by visiting http://voiceofwitness.org/.

Once again, thank you so very much for your continued support of my schoolwork. After another successful year at Haverford and because of the exciting work I’ve had a chance to do this summer, I’m really looking forward to my next couple years of undergrad and whatever might come after. Before then, though, it will be fantastic to return home and relax with family and friends before I hit the ground running again in the fall.