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  •   My family usually relaxes on summer vacation, such as going to Hawaii, Tahoe, or Mexico.  Yet strangely, my mother decided we should go to Japan the summer before my sophomore year. I am full Japanese-American and am the fifth generation in the United States. Also, I can speak zero words in...

    Tags: Asia
  • In the summer of 2010, at the age of 15, I applied for a program with the Boston Red Sox. I had no idea what to expect, no knowledge of who I would meet, and only a small description of what I would be doing. With thousands of teens applying from around the U.S., I wasn’t even expecting to be...

  •   This past summer was amazing. I traveled to Haiti with a team of twenty-four for about a week on a missions trip, a learned a lot about the culture, living conditions and the spiritual life of the people there. I have never been more glad to have gone on a trip.             On the way to...

  • During the spring of 2008, my mother and I decided that we would move from Seattle, WA to Boston, MA. It was an out of the blue decision because we wanted a change. In the past my mother and I moved from Seattle to Florida, Florida back to Seattle, from Seattle to Olathe, KS, and then back to...

  •  December of 2009 - One week away, and the Lakeville North High School Marching Band  can be seen stopping traffic, on any Saturday morning with a police escort, as they practice marching up and down the street for the Orlando Citrus Parade. Our director Mr. Earp had told us (the band) that we...

  • Fantasize waking up hearing ocean waves clashing against the sea floor. Room service gently knocks on the door bringing a delicious hispanic brunch to your comfortable down plush bed. As you take the first bite, the food melts in your mouth like soft cotton candy.   Quietly, you tell yourself, '...

    Tags: Caribbean
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  • Exploding out of a balloon onto my face.  Spewing out of the tap into my glass.  Rushing out of the showerhead onto my skin.  Arching high out of the fountain and meeting my parched lips.  On the windshield.  In the pool.  In a bottle. Water. Water. Water. But in South Australia, the driest...

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    Tags: Africa
  • Sometime at the start of my junior year in high school, I became obsessed with the idea of living in New York in a teeny apartment filled with more art supplies than living space. Forget the fact that I live in Florida, a land where every destination needs to be reached by way of a car — no, my...

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