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      I’ve been traveling since I was a baby. My mom works for the airlines and my dad just loves to fly, so I’ve been a very lucky gal. Too bad, they like to travel differently. It was probably the summer of 2007 when my dad decided to go back to Malaysia, my step-mom’s hometown. It’s...

    Tags: Asia
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    It was the summer of 2007 and I stared out the window of a crowded bus taking me from Hefei to Tongling, China (P.R.C.). My life had started here in 1996 and then I was placed in the Tongling orphanage at three weeks old. My birth parents were unknown and this “Homeland Tour” was to bring me, and...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
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    This past year I was on a competitive cheer team that competes several times throughout the year. We have competed in Anaheim quite a few times, and we have also competed at the Cox Arena, Sports Arena (IPAY One center) and many other places. Throughout the year, I have always had my mom there with...

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    In July of 2006, I had my first trip to the Republic of Korea (more commonly known as South Korea) where I was without my mother. When I had traveled to Korea before, my mother and little brother had accompanied me. But this time I was going alone and would be there for one month. During this trip...

    Tags: Asia
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    The blistering sun beats down upon the beautiful, yet old-fashioned décor while a trumpet and the pounding of drums fill the air with an intense feeling of patriotism. Such a moment is atypical at Williamsburg, VA. Though Williamsburg itself is a beautiful place, we experienced some problems on...

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    When one thinks about Arizona, chances are they envision a barren wasteland of old-western cowboy towns, cacti and tumbleweeds, and scorching, painful amounts of dry, desert heat. As an Arizona resident, I would generally agree that most of the state fits that description fairly well, but my home...

    Tags: Arizona, USA
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        (This is the one for the scholarship, the other essays were submitted by mistake use this one)   The Summer of 2006 I was chosen to take an amazing 10 day trip to San Juan de Los Lagos Mexico. The day I arrived the whole town was waiting and watching as I walked nervously into the welcome party...

    Tags: Caribbean
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      The car door was hurled open. Gingerly, I guided my foot from the passenger seat, to the black pavement below. I paused for a moment, aware that once my foot came in contact with the ground below, I would be unable to ever stray from the University. Upon stepping out onto the blacktop, a...

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      From June 26-28, 2008, my church’s youth group went camping at Sturgeon Lake. We stayed at a private cabin owned by our youth leader, Neil Magill. When we arrived, the guys pitched their tents. Being the only girls, Maggie and I claimed the rundown “cabin”, which had no heating or electricity…or...

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    My parents gave me the best birthday present I have ever received, for my 16th birthday: a trip to New York. My mom and I went for five days, and it was a life-changing experience. Once there, I finally understood why everyone calls New York a completely different world from the rest of the...

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