Hi everyone. My name is Isabelle Ansari but I always, always go by Isa. I am from Oakland, California and go to Oakland School for the Arts where I focus on writing. I grew up in Oakland but spent my first two years of high school living in Vermont where I learned about the existence of mud season, how beautiful autumn really can be, and what the word cold really means. However interesting this experience was, I am truly grateful to be back in the bay area, where there is really only ever one season and it tends to be pretty nice. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to go on this trip. I am a bit nervous because my spanish skills are pretty nonexistent and I’ve only ever been out of the country once before, but more than nervous I am excited. A few things that I love are poetry, rice, jasmine blossoms, good writing, Hafiz, the circus, my friends, sleeping, learning, and creating. I can’t wait to meet you all!