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  • The sun's rays reflected off the water's surface giving the ocean a bright shimmer of gold. I peered out the car window at the blur of sea as we drove passed it. Gliding boats of all shapes and sizes owned the sea. A prickling sensation of anticipation crept up my spine. My legs ached, begging...

  • I have stood on the precipice of one of the most fantastic natural wonders of the world. The magnificent roaring waters of Iguacu Falls cascaded down cliffs all around us. The cool mist provided temporary relief from the burdening heat of Brazil’s autumn. Sometimes the greatest moments of life...

  • There was a time when I thought all law enforcements were good. There was a day when I thought they would help me when I was in trouble. There was a time…that I trusted them, but it all changed the day I went to San Diego to chat with my aunt. We were at the backyard sitting on the couch with my...

  • While I began packing my bag the night before I realized I would be off to Brazil for a week, I had a pile of mixed emotions the height of the Eiffel tower. I went to sleep that night secretly hoping that tomorrow wouldn’t come. I did everything to get prepared for Brazil, took all the classes,...

  • What once stood as a great mountain was now reduced to the largest crater I had ever seen. On that August day we looked out at the crater of Mount St. Helens; the crater formed from the blast that occurred in 1980 with the power twenty-seven thousand atomic bombs. Mount St. Helens serves as a...

  • In April of 2010 I found out that for the whole summer I'd be going to Kenya, Africa. No words could describe how mad I was at my parents. In my eyes, they were sending me to a place called hell for two months. I couldn't believe they were really going to ruin my summer. I had just made a new set...

    Tags: Africa, Heritage
  • While I hope to one day be lucky enough to travel abroad, it is unfortunately not something that I can currently enjoy. But luckily for me, I do not need to travel long distances to experience wonder. Even a short trip down the road to rest my feet in a gently-flowing creek and watch the sun set...

  • The alarm rings at 4am, but I’m already awake.  I know I’m ready; I’ve had all of my donations collected for over a month. Still, it’s been a hectic junior year and I’d spent any free moment on www.orphanage-outreach.org/dominicanrepublic/ eagerly awaiting the week long experience ahead of me....

  • I started dancing when I was five. More recently I have been a member of Encore Theatrical Arts Project (ETAP) for 9 years, performing in countless Broadway style productions. As a member of company, we dance about 20 hours a week. Imagine my surprise when on an ordinary Saturday, our director...

    Tags: Europe
  • Dr. Sadat arrives home from a long day of work. Greeted by his family, he settles into his favorite spot in the Persian-styled family room. The evening news is switched on, and a gloomy light fills the room as ABC, CBS, or Fox delivers a seemingly endless string of events to the Sadat family's ears...

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