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  •           Upstate New York is rich in history and vastly underrated compared to New York City, which is a mere three hours away. The Capital region is home to historic metropolitan areas such as Troy, Saratoga, and Albany. These cities were instrumental in our nation's history, from the...

  • One family vacation that really sticks out in my mind is the family trip we took to Kona (the big island of Hawaii). It was my mom, dad, little sister and I who went. When we go on vacations together we aren’t just a family, we are best friends. When we went on this trip we got to do tons of...

  • The Holocaust has always been a fascinating part of history to me.  To this day it continues to shock and amaze me that just one man with an evil plan and a heartless soul was able to brainwash thousands of people and get away with so much.  During my junior year in high school, I was enrolled in...

  • The world is filled and made of sights that everyone may come to see from all walks of life.  My world is circled around a community of excitement, fast-paced living, and fun activities for families. This world of mine being Houston, Texas; a major city with enjoyment meant for everyone. I have...

    Tags: Texas, USA
  • When I was about 15, my family and I took a trip to India for my cousin's wedding. Before leaving was really stressful because my parents left a month before my grandfather and I and we were not sure if I would be able to go. I almost had to cancel my ticket because we didn't find anything out...

  • My Mom walked into my room in Colorado saying, “Crystal, you have way too many things, we don’t have room for all that.” Confused, I looked down and only saw one suitcase and two shopping bags packed. Little did I know that the space available was limited; our family was traveling for who knows...

  •     In my sophomore year of high school I studied in Changzhou, China for three months. The school I stayed at was called Changzhou International School. While there, I learned about the Chinese people and also the Chinese language. I needed to keep up with my other courses too, and observed...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • When we first arrived in the village, our group set individual goals that we hoped to achieve over the span of the trip. I, being my modest self, vowed that I would both find a cure for allergies (since I’m deathly allergic to peanuts) and master the Chinese language within the first day....

  • Wednesday, July 12 - Lima to San Bartolo: After nearly ten hours of flying and then driving on a bus to a retreat house in Lima, Peru we collapsed on our beds and slept completely through the night. Then, when I awoke my immersion into Peru began with a cold shower. I have never showered so fast...

  • The day was scorching but that did not have my focus; overwhelming joy, anxiety, grief, and enthusiasm all filled my body in one moment. Not knowing what I should be thinking or feeling, I stood there numb waiting for the campers to arrive. I waited in anticipation on the burning concrete path as...

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