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  • A week before my freshman year in high school I found myself sweating in the arid New Mexican heat of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. I was on a week long, 25-mile backpacking trip at Philmont, a national Boy Scout camp, where my dad was receiving leadership training. That week, I pushed myself to...

  • I have been far away from home, but I have also traveled close to home, but who hasn't? I have had many interesting adventures, but the one I want to tell you is my favorite. To many, it may not sound amazing, but to me... well let’s just say it was the best adventure of my life. I was with my...

  • What is it like? To be able to step out of this city, to step out of our own comfort zones called home and to see what’s beyond our borderline? I used to feel stuck - confined in a room, familiar to what was here, but ignorant to what was out there. It wasn’t until I had the opportunity offered to...

  • Ocean-deprivation: A condition suffered by people who have not visited the oceans enough. Symptoms include a desire to snorkel, feel sand between the toes, run from waves, and get sea salt in the eyes. Living in Wisconsin, I’ve felt land-locked with the exception of Lake Michigan on the eastern...

  •   My life has seemed to astonish some people so far in my teenage years. I have gone through tough times with my family and I have also gone through the zenith points in my life, where everything seemed to be almost perfect. My school work and my social life have always had its place in my heart,...

  • After unboarding the plane in Lima I could hardly believe I was in Peru. I had always dreamed of traveling to a foreign country, particularly because I wanted an opportunity to practice Spanish, and that dream finally became reality. Winning a scholarship to Peru with thirty strangers from around...

  • I once thought that I had a pretty good understanding of the world, a bold statement for a person as young and inexperienced as I. Although I don't know everything about every country, language and culture, I had visited a few countries, met all types of people, and felt that I had a mind open...

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  • This time, there wasn’t a mad dash to get off the bus for food.  This time, the words “I have to use the bathroom!!!” weren’t being screamed or yelled.  This time, we all had tears in our eyes, a stench to our clothes, a slower walk, and memories that will last us more than a lifetime.  This time,...

  • I'm standing at the bow of the Maid of the Mist as it struggles up the Niagara River. The temperature gradually declines and I shiver as the fog thickens. Surrounded by the cool vapor, I close my eyes and all I can hear is the thunder of the powerful rapids. When I open my eyes, I can barely make...

  • Few places have as rich a history as my home. From being a Spanish Mission before devolving into a den of thieves and debauchery and then blossoming into a multicultural cosmopolitan crossroads of happiness. I'll never forget my first Christmas here with Christmas lights on Palm trees, my mind...

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