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  •    The summer of 2007 I took an incredible adventure across the states to a city called Chicago.  I spent nine days and ten nights in the windy city.    I was dating a guy at the time and had been with him for about eight months and he threw out the idea of going to Chicago together, with his mom...

  •         Throughout my seventeen years of being alive, I have probably visited more countries than some adults have visited in their lifetime.  I have been to Canada, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Spain, Italy, and Monaco. The first time my family took an excursion to Europe...

    Tags: Europe
  • “I found a new job,” said my dad; was the worst thing I had ever heard. I was beginning my sophomore year in high school. I had my friends, played sports, and was in the school band. Everything was going great! A month later I got my first boyfriend, which made things even better. I knew I was...

  • “This is just like India,” I said to one of my fellow students as we stood waiting for our bus. Wild dogs scampered in the streets while drowsy cats slept draped over rundown steps.  The realization that you are entering a new, destitute world where people live very different lives than your own...

  • I watched her digging for her keys. My brother was already in the car; waiting. 'Visiting hours start soon,' I told my grandmother, my voice's hollow echo making me wish I had kept quiet. A small jingle of metal told me she had found them. 'We'll get there soon enough,' she told me. I stood there...

  • “So, this is what she saw.” My sister’s voice broke the awed silence as I tore my gaze away from the beautiful, sun-filled canyon. I imagined my mother’s face, decades earlier, glowing as she reached the top of a hill, pausing to absorb beauty so magnificent it seemed to belong to Heaven and not...

  •     It all started in fifth grade. Assuming we all wanted to prepare for the future, teachers began preaching to kids the importance of making goals. After all, it’s never too early for those future lawyers to start prepping for the LSAT, right? So, at the end of our fifth grade year, each student...

  • OK, so some people might say Wisconsin is cold and snowy all the time. Let me tell you, that's a myth. We do have highways, McDonalds and, wait for it... sunshine! We don't live in igloos; we don't all go hunting and not everyone has a lake cabin. So please, don't believe all the myths about...

  • I saw trash covered corners, ragged barefoot beggars ranging from toddlers to cripples, and streets congested with hundreds of mopeds carrying entire families at a time. Our family in Vietnam, indistinguishable from the multitudes of worn-down locals engulfed my mother, brother, sister, and I in...

    Tags: Asia
  • Time is ticking. I can see the cars racing by in my window on the hotel shuttle. My mother and I were leaving the hotel and we were on our way to the airport. We were hurrying to catch the bus to board the Carnival Cruise ship to the Bahamas. After walking around with our luggage we waited, we...

    Tags: Caribbean

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