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Hi Everyone,

My name is Maya Malavasi, I’m 16 years old and I just finished my sophomore year at Nueva School in California. In school I play on the basketball team, and I will be taking over as the leader of the Kindness Club this coming year. Outside of school, I am an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and I absolutely love to debate over books that I have read. If you ask me for any book recommendations, you have been warned; I REALLY get into it. I’m generally an introvert around new people (which is why it took me so long to upload this introduction to the Yak Boards) but I open up after a couple days.

I have taken the equivalent of 4 years of Spanish, but I haven’t had much practice outside of the classroom, and I would love to try talking with native speakers. I’m really excited to try something new and get out of my comfort zone; I’m seeking a place where I can feel uncomfortable, and grow through that feeling. Something that surprised me from the video was that the singers used rice and beans as representations of who they were and what they were proud of (“siempre en defensa del maíz y del frijol” example at 5:42 in the video).

See you in less than 2 days! Looking forward to it!