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  • Thumb! Thump! Thump! Thump! I can still hear it. On January 1st, 2009 my heart raced to the sound of the propellers. At the same time, I looked down at the water knowing in just a few minutes the water would surround me like the air that captivated me then. The very thought of this terrified every...

  • In the summer of 2010, I took a road trip with my family from Grand Forks, North Dakota across the state to mountainous Medora. An hour into our first hike after arriving, we accidently became split up. I decided to climb to the top of a near peak to look out around the valley and find them. This...

  • A wondrous opportunity occurred in early spring of 2009 when I received an e-mail from my cousin Chad inviting me to spend the last quarter of the school year with his family in Berlin, Germany. I would spend two months there as an official student of the John F. Kennedy Schule--where Chad teaches...

    Tags: Europe
  •        The sun is blazing, and the humidity is turned up a thousand notches. However, my Western sensibilities remain undisturbed, as my mind is a preoccupied whirlwind of endless thoughts and emotions. Our cab ventures through narrow, bumpy dirt road after dirt road, passing rice field after rice...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
  • The only thing more challenging than eating eel, octopus and jelly fish is writing a teen travel essay using 600 words or less. The only thing almost as exciting as experiencing Chinese culture firsthand is sharing the amazing experience with others. And, the only thing more difficult than coping...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • On my junior year, I was given the opportunity to go to Japan. East Anchorage High School and Chugiak High School organizes a trip, every two years, to take students who are taking Japanese class to go to Japan during the spring break. I have been taking Japanese for three years and my goal was...

    Tags: Asia
  • My mom disappeared when I was 8 years old, and the last time I saw her side of the family was when I was five years old. When I was 15, I finally got on a plan to go to Brenham Texas and see the family I hadn’t seen in about 10 years.  I arrived in Houston Texas and saw my grandma and ran into...

  • A European excursion is what I was told I would go on in 2006 along with 40 other teenagers. I was excited for the day my plane took off in July. Leaving home for three weeks  at the age of 15 knowing that I would have to do my own laundry, manage my own money, and be away from family and friends...

    Tags: Europe
  •     At thirteen years old, I thought I knew everything that I could possibly know about myself. I knew I was smart, passionate, and determined enough to achieve whatever it was that my heart desired; and, thanks to the clarification that comes with hindsight, I can admit that I thought I was the...

  • It was a late, rainy afternoon in July when we finally pulled into the driveway at the Wealthy Poor House Bed and Breakfast. My mom, dad, and I had come over twelve hundred miles to Belfast, Maine on our trip up the coast of New England. We had seen the ivy leagues, walked the Freedom Trail, and...

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