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  •  It was the summer of 2006, I was 12. My family was vacationing at the Bahamas: the last day, the last slide. This trip, I would soon find out, was one not likely to be forgotten. I heard screaming from inside and was itching to get into the action. I sat down on my tube and waited for the...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • The summer of 2008 was life changing as I finally had the opportunity to experience my cultural heritage first hand.  I grew up learning about where my mother’s family originated:the battle sites of the Peloponnesian Wars, the Magna Grecia, as well as the great architectural ruins are all part of...

    Tags: Europe
  • Imagine…  A crystal blue surface The luscious green hues of the thousands of petals and leaves The soft hoots and the cheerful chirps that penetrate the silence The smiles yet to come, The laughter that rings, The memories yet to be seen, To be experienced FINALIST 2013 FTF TEEN...

  • Florida, the beach state, is the best place to vacation in my opinion, ever. This past summer, my family and my best friend’s family traveled down to Destin, Florida from our home in Conway, Arkansas. We planned a spontaneous road trip for the July 4th weekend to visit my best friend’s brother, who...

  • My first trip abroad without my parents was my school trip to China during spring break 2011. I being a huge fan of Asian culture and not to mention of China itself, was ecstatic as a little child in a candy store.  China for me was a dream come true, especially when we got to see the students at...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • /*-->*/ Where will this summer take me? Maybe I'll take a dive off the waterfalls of Jamaica where the there is “no problem man”; maybe I'll visit the Big Apple and climb to the top of the statue of liberty and see how big the city is from a birds eye view; Or maybe I'll go to Canada and try...

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    Tags: Caribbean
  •   In my parents’ homeland of Bangladesh, I have always felt like a complete foreigner. As a native and long-time resident of Southern California, I have enjoyed a very comfortable upbringing relative to Bengalis living half way around the world. Given my strong familial and cultural ties to the...

  • I am sitting in the right bucket seat of our lipstick-red Ford Wind Star minivan. The first seven of the twenty-plus hour trek from Chesapeake to Branson, Missouri have been slightly less than excruciating. My little siblings remain content--- for the moment: the two little ones (affectionately...

  • I've never met anyone who says they don't want to have an extraordinary life, or great experiences or stories to tell. But few people actually aspire to make their lives extraordinary and memorable. These are individuals who relentlessly pursue a life of achievement and wonder. This is exactly...

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