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To the Whittier High School Alumni,
I knew spending my summer at Stanford was going to be good. I knew that I was going to learn a lot and meet interesting people. However, I don’t think I realized how thankful and blessed I was going to feel until I actually went there, and it is all because of you. Because you all listened to the call of a student and decided that for some reason, I was worthy enough to receive your help. I was going through a really hard time in my life sophomore year (details I would like to spare), and because I went to Stanford, I feel like a new person, ready to face the world.
The people I met from all over the world inspired me immensely. I met the most fun people from Spain, a rather unique person from Sudan, a boy with the dream of becoming the president of the Philippines when he is older (trust me when I say he will make it), some civically engaged Texans, the brightest and most driven people from Washington, very enthusiastic and happy New Yorkers, islanders who would never fail to have smiles on their faces, some very great people from California, and many others who have changed my life for the better.
Thanks to the Alumni from Whittier High School, I was able to meet all of these wonderful people, and made memories I will cherish forever. Because of you, I have learned a lot about the person I want to become and the life I want to live. The JSA Summer course at Stanford made me realize that you always have to speak up and stand up for what you believe in, even if you are alone. I also realized that you always have to work hard when you want things to get done, and that it is in our hands to choose the type of world we want to live in.
In the JSA Program, I gained new confidence in myself and did things I’d never thought I’d do. I delivered a Main Speech defending the DREAM Act, became the permanent moderator for my section (and received a gavel because of it), performed in the talent show, wrote a 12-page research paper, decided that reading CNN Articles was actually really cool, and many other things that helped me grow as an individual.
I want to thank you once again, because thanks to your donation, I realize that the world is not as dark and scary as it may seem, and that there is hope for the future of America.
With much respect and appreciation,
Whittier High School Student