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  • “Hey, I can see the stomata!” I exclaimed. “Excellent deductive powers,” replied Mr. Kincaid, my AP biology teacher.             The world around me had initially seemed pretty boring and I needed to go on a journey – to have some excitement in my life. After my first examination of a piece of dirt...

  • Before I started high school, I went on another exciting journey. I was chosen as a People to People Student Ambassador to China. I had never been out of the country before and was quite scared that I would be doing so without my parents or anyone that I really knew very well. We traveled through...

    Tags: Asia
  • 'Smells like India!' someone exclaims from the back of the plane. Even the weariest passengers laugh at the veracity of the comment. We all file out of the plane, exhausted after over 24 hours of plane flights and airport waits.   Yet fatigued as I am, I prepare myself for the adventure I face...

    Tags: Asia
  • We were crammed in the back of the bus as we bumped through the busy streets. The air was hot and steamy and smelled like burning trash. My missions’ team was driving through Managua, the capitol of Nicaragua. We entered La Chureca through a broken iron gate. Dolls’ heads on stakes stared at us as...

  • Ever since I was twelve years old I have had the amazing opportunity to model.  I started with an agency in Boise, Idaho called Metcalf Modeling & Talent, and went to a competition in Los Angeles called IMTA.  In this competition I competed in four different categories.  This included jeans,...

  • After arriving in Greece after a total of 19 hours of travel, I had never felt such a sense of euphoria. The picturesque white cottages with royal blue rooftops, the deep emerald green grass in contrast with the magenta and scarlet flowers; it seemed more like a dream rather than a reality. I had...

    Tags: Europe, Heritage
  • In March of 2011, I finally got on a Hawaiian Airline plane headed to the island of Maui with 18 other students from my Marine Biology class at West Seattle High School. This trip is happens every year around the same time with the head chaperone, our wonderful Marine Biology teacher, Kevin Barth....

  • My eyes slowly began to open as I finally heard the flight attendant announce, “Thank you for flying with us. We have now reached our destination, La Courña, Spain...” My stomach was filled with butterflies because I knew this would be a trip of a life time. I had the opportunity to travel to...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • I took my first international flight on July 13, 2010, with a round-trip ticket to Seoul, South Korea in my hand. I had been accepted into the Camp Fulbright Junior Internship Program, held in Goesan, South Korea. Camp Fulbright is an English-immersion camp for Korean students, ages 10-17, and a...

  • Last summer, my school put together a group that was going to go to Spain. We went through a larger, organized tour group called EF Tours. There were at least five other schools from around the US that were traveling with us. Per person, the trip cost about 3000 dollars plus money for food and...

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