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  • “No, no, no don’t take the bus. Everything is close enough to ride the train or walk."              A native New Yorker dragged a nicotine-stained finger along our tourist map, pointing out his favourite restaurants and giving us tourism advice. We stood on the corner of Avenue A and 13th...

  • This summer, I was granted the opportunity to be an exchange student in Nagasaki, Japan. There, I stayed with a host family, who really became a special part of my family. The experiences and knowledge I gained from this exchange will last me a lifetime.  My first day in Nagasaki was, honestly,...

    Tags: Asia
  • Mexico has been a part of me since I was born. Although, I never remember a time where I last went, I dreamed about the opportunity to revisit it again. This day soon arrived when my family and I planned a visit to go to Guadalajara. The airport in Tijuana was filled with people rushing to go to...

  • July is considered THE month for family vacations, reunions, and small get-togethers. There would be cousins to play with, aunts to grumble over and grandparents to pinch lineless cheeks. We were going to my grandmother's house. It was July 2, two days before the Fourth of July family reunion,...

  • I had always been one to fade into the background. From attending my middle school to being an ensemble member of youth theatre productions to participating in my Girl Scout troop, I was the girl one had to look for in order to notice. Therefore, my group of friends consisted of girls who I...

  • My name is Montéz Jennings and I am affiliated with Planned Parenthood of Maryland. I have been affiliated with Planned Parenthood for three years and I am what is called a Peer Educator. As a Peer Educator, it is my service to educate young adults about the dangers of risky behaviors. I educate...

  •                  As the price of gasoline soared and the national elections neared, political candidates of all hues were touting nuclear energy as the panacea. Little did I know or understand about nuclear energy, until I began taking a class on environmental science. A surge of energy is...

    Tags: Asia
  • Fluid and calm, vigorous and terrifying, water represents life. It also is a connecting source connecting land masses and people. Just like life water exists in all areas of the world and has equal value; however it is used in different ways. For 12 days I used water as a means of travel on a 12...

    Tags: Europe
  • The large pretzel jar was labeled “Disney World or Bust” and was almost filled to the top with coins.  My family had been saving for our family trip for two years and we knew this Christmas would be the grand announcement…….or so we thought. On Christmas day my dad handed my sister and I a...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • In June of 2011, I took an Alaskan Cruise with my family.  Besides being the most incredible trip I have ever been on, it was also a gift.  Instead of going to Alaska by themselves for their Fiftieth Anniversary, my grandparents took the whole family of thirteen with them!  Throughout this trip,...

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