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  • At 17 years old, I believe myself to be very globally conscious-I desire to make a difference in the world, primarily through creating a system that will help those in poverty live in harmony with the environment while also trying to work with political heads and create economy and...

  • I stepped into the world of Peru. Immediately I was immersed in a culture that contrasted with home in every way. Each house flashed a different intense color. From a distance, the city of Cuzco looked like layers of Legos climbing their way up the dry mountains. Each house was a block that sat...

  • Two years ago, our high school marching band took a trip to Disney World in Florida. We were very excited because we were going to get to march in the Disney Parade. It was a very exciting experience for all of us. Of course, not all of us enjoyed it. I actually had a pretty bad day on the third...

  • Airplane food. Though often the butt of many an unfortunate joke, this scoffed-at cuisine stands alone in my mind, not because of its flavor or its lack thereof, but because of its sentimental value. That chewy, cardboardesque croissant, those ice-cold dinner rolls, the oh-so-yummy mystery meat—...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • My story begins with an early morning in mid-July.  The air was thick and humid with a temperature creeping near the 100 degree mark, not uncommon for Texas during the summer. Assiduously, my mother and sister coaxed me in to the Dodge “Dualy” that would be delivering us to our destination 1700...

  • When I was in the tenth grade a selected few students in my class took a trip to the historical Civil War battle site: Gettysburg. I was 15 at the time, and we stayed at Farnsworth House Inn with three girls of the same age, and two teachers rooming next to us with a connecting door. We stayed for...

  • This past summer, I went on the most amazing mission trip ever to Costa Rica. I was able to stay the entire month of July interning at a place called the Abraham Project which is in Tres Rios. While I was there, I spent most of my time at the project doing construction to help them complete the new...

  •             This past summer my family and I toured southern Germany. My mother’s side of the family came from Germany and I was very excited to see where some of my family was from.            We left Omaha on July 7, 2009 and landed in Frankfurt the next day. After we landed we headed off to...

    Tags: Europe
  • Fáilte. Welcome. Finné Éire! Behold Ireland!  The misty emerald glens and crags beckon and captivate you. Steeped in millennia of history and strife, the country of Ireland has developed into a land of rich culture and also became the destination for my family’s summer vacation.  But why the...

    Tags: Europe, Ireland
  • This summer, June to be exact, I took a trip with my grandmother to Indiana. This was no vacation, but a time to say goodbye. We were visiting my great grandmother, Wilma. This Wilma is no ordinary grandmother, but a beautiful soul that is only afraid of dying. She is 89 years old and doesn’t...

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