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  • As I stepped off the plane, I thought, Sari, I’ve got a feeling your not in New York anymore. Here, the air was cleaner, the sun was shining, and the heat was thoroughly overwhelming. For having never stepped foot outside of the United States before, this was quite a great first impression of...

    Tags: Africa
  • The summer before my junior year my family planned a trip to our country’s great capital, Washington D.C. We were leaving on Independence Day, bright and early to arrive in D.C. with enough time to watch the fireworks. Upon our arrival before getting out of the airport, I was already stunned by the...

  • Friends and family, ladies and germs, welcome to the one, the only, Coney Island! Cue the circus music and the dancing elephants! Bring out the freak show; make way for the bearded lady, and someone get that poor fire-eater a glass of water! Sound familiar? This was the Coney Island of the...

  •  Crowds bring out the worst in me. Actually, people in general bring out the worst in me … because I’m a control freak. Thus, my parents found it strange that I was on a quest to live in New York. In my mind, although I hadn’t yet been to New York, I knew I wanted to live there, and train in such...

  •    Picture yourself hundreds of feet from the ground with nothing under you for support. Your life is in the hands of a single metal wire above your head. At first you close your eyes and cross your fingers, just hoping that the wire will not snap under your weight. All you can do is tell yourself...

  • Most people think going to Mexico means lying out on the beach all day soaking in the sun, or drinking fruit drinks and checking out the cute boys. But those are not the kind of Mexico trips I take. My trips to Mexico consist of dust, big bugs and hard, physical labor. For the past two years I have...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •   San Antonio, Texas, only fourteen hours left until we reach Acatic, Jalisco in Mexico.  I try to stretch my legs and body which have been cramped in my seat for too long--about eight hours to be exact.  I look to my left only to find my youngest sister in her car seat sound asleep holding her...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •   I stood at the pinnacle of the mountain, full of awe the marvelous view. From behind me, I heard Art, our teacher, announce, “From here you can see both the highest and lowest points in the continental U.S! Mount Whitney is over there,” he declared, pointing at the tallest mountain in sight,...

  •                   I have always considered myself as a silent leader. I have been going to a Christian sports camp in Branson, Missouri for the past six years. Within the camp there are three different programs.  Out of about eight hundred people I was one of the few people chosen to be apart of...

  • The day was scorching but that did not have my focus; overwhelming joy, anxiety, grief, and enthusiasm all filled my body in one moment. Not knowing what I should be thinking or feeling, I stood there numb waiting for the campers to arrive. I waited in anticipation on the burning concrete path as...

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