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  • Cold air burned my skin as I stepped out of the car. I was not used to the chill; South Texas averaged eighty-five degrees Fahrenheit annually. Obviously, the fifty-five degrees the weatherman announced bothered me. I was strangely out of my element, in more ways than one on Thanksgiving of 2009...

  •      Taiwan is alternately known as the Ihla Formosa, meaning "Beautiful Island"- a fact that rings very true in my current thinking. Since my childhood, I have gone to visit my family in Taiwan just about once every year.  The connection I feel with Taiwan is due less to my mere exposure to the...

    Tags: Asia
  • This was not the first time I had traveled to the Philippines. It was June 13, 2010 when I arrived with my family at PuertoPrincesaAirport at Palawan, Philippines. We were supposed to arrive the day before, but the plane we took to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific from LA was delayed and we missed our...

    Tags: Asia
  • 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...

  • In the summer of 2007 my family took off for a 3-week long road trip to the Grand Canyon. This is the same trip my mother took with her family as a child. She was determined we would do the same. Day one we made it to Texas. We visited San Antonio and Six Flags. We also walked the River Walk where...

  •   I went to James Madison University this summer and it meant everything to me. First of all because I was finally accepted to be part of the program called the College Success program. I met amazing people all with different ethnicity and personality. The relationship among the group built...

  •    South Glens Falls, New York is a wonderful vacation choice! There are so many different things to do and places to go that it's crazy! In fact, South Glens Falls is located in upstate New York right along the Hudson River and gives you enough space so that your aren't that close to the city or...

  • Florida, the beach state, is the best place to vacation in my opinion, ever. This past summer, my family and my best friend’s family traveled down to Destin, Florida from our home in Conway, Arkansas. We planned a spontaneous road trip for the July 4th weekend to visit my best friend’s brother, who...

  • This past summer, my high school took a group of students to volunteer in Sitio de Mata, Costa Rica, where we stayed in the homes of the local people. There are two major things that I realized during that experience. First, there is much more biodiversity in Costa Rica than I experience on the...

  • Nebraska       I live to hit the ball, run the bases, and score a run for my team. Fast-pitch softball is the sport I play and in one particular summer about two years ago, the game I live to play, turned into a week of ducking for cover from thunderstorms and lightning, covering my face with...

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