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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
  • One of the most memorable trips I have ever taken would have to be my cruise to the Bahamas. During this trip, I was able to show my responsibility to myself and others, have fun with some friends at the time, and experience some mind-blowing activities             While preparing for our cruise to...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Curled up in a beach chair, I hunt the myriad of specks for a streak. Flanked by two best friends, all fighting for a piece of the blanket, I search for luck in the Shenandoah sky -- a shooting star. To a flat-lander (dubbed so by mountain-folk), shooting for the stars involves a high probability...

  •   From the start of my young and tiny life, my family and I have traveled to Jalisco, Mexico every winter break to visit family. My winters have been enjoyed in the warm sunshine of my Mexican hometown for years now. This past year however, my vacation began at a gorgeous beach called Guayabitos...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • It all started the summer after my sophomore year of high school. I was psyched to be going out of the country with a bunch of my friends from school. We had talked about our trip for months: what we were going to pack, the places we wanted to visit, the souvenirs we wanted to bring home. However...

    Tags: Asia, Europe
  • In every person’s life there are events that will change him forever.  I had the privilege of experiencing one of these incredible events over the summer of my junior year.  My weeklong mission trip and travel experience to the Dominican Republic was an experience that changed the way I look at...

  • When I was a sophomore in high school, I went on a winter retreat with the College Place Presbyterian Church youth group to Kellogg, Idaho. We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights in the Gold Run Mansion. During the days we spent our time up at Silver Mountain, the nights, at the mansion playing games...

  • I came out to myself during college. I never accepted my sexuality prior and this drove me to the point of madness. I desired to know and understand who I was as a gay and I knew that the only place where I can find that—in a tangible and visible form—was San Francisco. Castro, to be exact. There...

    Tags: Soul Search, USA
  • I was twelve years old when my family hosted in our house five people from Murcia, Spain. I temporarily surrendered my bedroom to three non-English-speaking women and slept a mere two feet away from the ceiling in the stuffy top bunk bed in my little sisters' room. Under normal circumstances,...

    Tags: Europe
  • I walked down a street yesterday. It had an energetic and charismatic crowd with warm smiles and laughter that filled the air. As I walked further my nose smelled a pleasant aroma that tickled my fancy and aroused my slumbering stomach. It was pulled pork with a distinct BBQ smell. I eagerly...

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