Students

  •  July 17, 2009 I left for two week to tour Europe with a group of students in the People to People Student Ambassador Program. (People to People Student Ambassador Program was founded by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956). The flight was eight long hours. I was too excited to sleep so I watched...

    Tags: Europe, France
  •                 Some people might think that a campus tour is something trivial and tiring, but I think that it is something exciting and intriguing. My campus tour to the University of Texas (UT) at Austin had to be one of the most memorable things that I have done this summer. I remember being...

  • Infants to adults with no clothes on their backs and little resources of food and water. Families sleeping under boxes or very small shelters. I could count every rib in their bodies. Diseases covered them from head to toe. A little worried about getting too close. My heart cried out, “How are...

  • A tear dropped from my mother’s eye as she gazed at where I was standing compared to where I had stood. Originally from a deteriorating part of California, my future was supposed to be occupied by crime, violence, a poor education and no purpose; yet, I was standing at the center of the political...

  • I spent my summer wearing wet socks and scrambling up steep rock faces. My days were a mixture of hiking and shoveling vast amounts of dirt, and my nights were spent drinking hot chocolate around a campfire. My summer was dirty, smelly, and full of hard work, but I wouldn’t have had it any other...

  • A land of curious legends, castle ruins, and cordial people was my destination in the summer of 2010. I have loved Ireland since I was small, thanks to my Irish mother and all of her side of the family. Every year we visit her hometown of Limerick, on the Southwest coast of the Emerald Isle, but...

    Tags: Europe, Ireland
  •  “Two peas in a pod” is usually used to describe two people who are so much alike that they get along so well. Although my half brother and I were not raised in the same household, I realized we had much in common when I visited him in Seattle, Washington in August 2008. Being that I live in Miami...

  • On January 15, 2008 I found out that I was chosen to be apart of an ambassadorship program for high school students sponsored by the America-Israel Friendship League (http://www.aifl.org/index.asp). I and eleven others would travel to Washington D.C., New York and Israel where we would represent...

    Tags: Africa
  •   The sun shone upon my 15-year-old baby face. I had just flown in to Colorado, anticipating a happy family reunion. After frolicking in the crisp mountain air, my dad called me over to the picnic table. Immediately, I sensed something was wrong from the solemnity that rarely clouds my dad’s face....

  • On stormy days, you can see the rain falling in sheets for miles. Past some distant farmhouse, beyond a rusted windmill spinning up toward the clouds, the water becomes a solid gray wall as it meets the fields. As a child, my father would run across my grandfather’s golf course and dive in and out...

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