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  • In June of 2011, entering my sernior year in high school, I traveled to Ecuador with 29 of my Iowa City West High School classmates. The reason I decided to go on the trip was because I want to be a marine biologist and we were going to be spending a week in the Galapagos Islands while we were...

  • We are headed southbound on our way to Bend, Oregon  for four days of mountain biking and rock climbing. Yesterday we finished our four day backpack on the Olympic Peninsula. We all had an amazing time!  We took full advantage of our one sunny afternoon by swimming in the chilly pacific ocean. We...

  • Mobile, Alabama. Home of sweet tea, seafood, and Southern accents. But that describes at least half of the other southern cities in the United States. To me, Mobile is more than just a run-of-the-mill southern city which people insist on underrating! Mobile is my home, and I’m going to do it...

    Tags: Alabama, USA
  • Last summer, specifically the week when June ended and July started, my family and I traveled to Clayton, New York for our annual vacation—a vacation that was full of fun and silliness. We were up at our family camp on Mason Point, where our camp is quite literally on the St. Lawrence River.  Let...

  • “WELCOME TO ARMENIA” the sign in the airport terminal read. What made it special, though, was that it was written in Armenian and I could read it. Too tired from the flight to think, it wasn’t until we had left Zvartnots Airport and arrived at the Ani Plaza Hotel that it finally dawned on me: this...

    Tags: Europe
  • On April 10, 2012 I set out on a trip to France with the French class. It was crazy, fun, stimulating, and an action-packed ten days. For the first five days our group was separated and we began our family stay. My French family consisted of three children, Laëtitia (17), Natacha (15), and Cyril...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • Pat Conroy once said, 'Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.' My recent trip to Washington D.C. with my school group for a governmental studies program is an unforgettable...

  • Slowly, I pulled myself up the steps that seemed a mile high. I'm so far up in the sky that there is barely any oxygen for me to breathe. The wind was strong, and the rain was cold. All I was wearing was shorts, and a bright red raincoat. I looked up, and I saw the top, and I was not far away. I...

  •   The year in 2009 was a great experience but also a big change in my life. In June 2009, I was 14 years old and I am originally from California.  When we went to Texas to go take care of my grandma and uncle, and we did it for the whole month until the last days of june I felt so sick, it was...

  • During the summer of my junior year, the pressure was mounting for me to choose a career path and work towards it. Being indecisive by nature, the countless possibilities of the future felt quite overwhelming and I simply didn’t know where to begin. Naturally, of course, my parents were more than...

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