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Groups create individuals. It is not until you realize that you are a product of your society that you see how normal you are, and it is only until then that you can start to become a truly unique individual. Just two years ago, I went on a trip to a place I’ll never forget: Japan. I experienced...Tags:
Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day… I. Was. Devastated. Upon entering the KOA campgrounds, my family had high hopes of enjoying a lovely, once in every two years camping trip. Who would have known the weather man had lied; High 80’s all week long. Ha, try mid 50’s! Above us, clouds...Tags:
When you think of paradise, what comes to mind? A sandy beach with clear water? A tropical rainforest teeming with wildlife? Quaint and peaceful mountains? Whatever your perception of paradise may be, Costa Rica holds it all within a few hours of one another. During Christmas...Tags:
I slurped on my noodles as I observed the chef chopping up dough into soba. After we finished eating, I jumped from my seat and ran outside. Jewelry merchants crouched near the edge of the canal with purple blankets bearing necklaces and trinkets. In one doorway sat a mechanical cat. A ruffle from...Tags:
You walk past its modern streets and bars and find festive people everywhere. You go through its ancient cities and find cathedrals bigger than castles. You find yourself dancing in the streets along with the Latin guitar music. The beach is where you stand now; clear blue water dances with the...Tags:
My first year of French was coming to an end when my teacher announced that he would be leaving the school. I was devastated by this because he was the most exciting and relatable teacher that I had. He had a traditional where he would take 40 students to France every two years. Since he was...Tags:
When I was 13 years old I took a trip to Armenia, which is the country my family comes from, and that trip changed my life. For the first time, I viewed the world through a different lens, and was able to better understand how lucky I am to live in America and be blessed with so many things that...Tags:
The reason that banks created credit cards was because everyone was looking for a solution to get away from that noisy, heavy, constant reminder in their front pocket: loose change. For many, change is something that is almost worthless: Nobody values the $0.11 a cashier hands them after buying a...Tags:
It was the summer of my junior year going into my senior year and I needed to go and visit my top colleges and universities that I was definitely going to apply to; I suppose that's what led me to the Bay Area, more specifically to the San Francisco and Oakland area. I had planned basically the...Tags:
When I boarded the plane to go to the Stanford Invitational, I figured I would have fun, race, and come home. I never figured on learning something about myself in the process, but the trip turned into much more than a race for me. It turned into a valuable experience. ...Tags: