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  •   On April 30th, 2008 things went from good to worse, as the Bagley Middle School Band and Chorus were ready and set to go on their yearly trip. This year they had decided to travel 13 hours from Georgia to New York City. You could feel the excitement in the air, as the students had their...

  • A few years ago, my family decided to rent a cottage at a random lake called Spider Lake, found by Traverse City, Michigan. To picture its location like a true Michigander, lift your right hand, palm toward your face, and look at the pad of your ring finger. That’s just about where this lake is....

  • It was my brother’s senior year. My parents had planned an exciting cruise to the Caribbean for his graduation and I was lucky enough to be able to tag along on what would be one of the most amazing vacations I have ever experienced. The drive from Cleburne, TX to Galveston, TX was long but...

  • “What happens in China stays in China.” “What happens in China?” “I don’t know! That’s why I have to go!” My mother and I were having another argument about whether I could go to Beijing to visit my cousin Sophia over the summer. My mother and I rarely saw things eye to eye, so bickering on the car...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • From the time I was a young girl, I was captured by the tragedy of the Holocaust. I devoured books on it, and especially loved "Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank. Frank's optimism and humor entranced me, leaving me shattered when I learned her tragic fate. So, when my mother announced that we...

    Tags: England, Europe
  • Before departing for my six weeks home-stay through the Youth For Understanding exchange program in Japan, I felt as though I was a good listener – but I had much to learn. My first days in Japan were hectic. Arriving at Narita Airport near Tokyo, then riding the Shinkansen bullet train to Nagoya...

    Tags: Asia
  •     On December 26th 2004, the Indian Ocean was hit by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake. While the quake generated a global tsunami that struck the coasts of many bordering landmasses, Indonesia was hit the hardest. In 2007, my family planned a trip to Bali, an island in Indonesia, where we were going...

    Tags: Pacific
  • My educational journey began on July 6th of this year. My parents and I traveled from Johnstown, Pennsylvania to the small town of Bluff City, Tennessee. My goal was to graduate from the Paintball Training Institute after ten days of rigorous training, learning to repair and service paintball...

  •   Much of my knowledge of Mexico and its beautiful culture is derived from what I am taught in Spanish class at school and what is denoted in the colorful pages of my Spanish textbook. The vivid images of traditional Mexican dishes, as well as relatively complex verb conjugations are what allow...

  • A sudden round of applause from passengers woke me up from my eleven hour plane ride, and I realized my mother and I were the only Uzbeks present, surrounded by Arabs, Kazahks, Russians, and a few others of different countries. After going down the plane steps, my mother and I carried our bags into...

    Tags: Europe

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