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  • Me along with another student from my high school in Japan were selected to travel to Washington state for a leadership academy . This was an opportunity for me because it would help me for the upcoming school year because I was selected to be on staff . The plane ride there wasn't as bad as I...

  • There are many things about Des Moines, Iowa that would tempt even the most jaded to visit. We have an art museum that houses renowned works of art, restaurants for every taste palate imaginable and outdoors activities for every level of ability. The thing we are most known for, though, is the...

  • Through my finals, meetings, and extracurricular activities the idea of basking in the Hawaiian sun was one of the only things keeping me going.I enjoy keeping myself busy. I am on the youth council for my city, an officer in several clubs at my high school, and a dedicated student. I take every AP...

  • Seventeen days. Seventeen years old. Seventeen reasons why traveling to Europe changed my life. June 16, 2009 through June 27, 2009 was the greatest 17 days of my life. 3 of my best friends and I along with 2 of the coolest teachers at my high school decided to take a once in a lifetime trip to...

    Tags: Europe
  • Throughout my trip to Australia at the end of my eighth grade year, I visited two provinces, eight cities, and approximately six million gift shops.  I spent more than three days on a plane, being jostled around by sleep-depriving turbulence, and a nice chunk of time arguing with Grandma over...

    Tags: Pacific
  • The day was March 31, 2014 and all I heard was crying, screaming, and harsh stomping as the noise quickly filled my ears. I rushed towards the horrific news that my twenty eight year old brother Alfonso J. Molinar had passed away. My mother was the one screaming as she pressed the phone to her ear...

  • Settled in a tucked away corner of southern Louisiana is the community of Watson. Watson, now in the process of becoming incorporated, is technically a village. Now, when thinking of a village, kind people, down home attitudes, and an overall sense of quiet happiness comes to mind and that is...

    Tags: Louisiana, USA
  •   Jersey City, NJ was the only place I wanted to be, despite the midsummer heat, specifically because I had a unique opportunity to lead children from ages 4 to 12 in a week long Vacation Bible School through a program known as Building Urban Missions Project, or BUMP.             When my youth...

  • Lessons learned, a trip that I will remember for a lifetime, experiencing history, and being with some of the most important people in my life. Getting on a plane by myself at 16 is scary enough; but having my flight attendant tell me that I may not be able to land at my final destination is even...

  •   I remember the summer after I graduated eighth grade. A trip was planned. We were to go to Europe. We would visit every standby—Rome, Paris, London—and the trip would last three weeks. My father had been meticulously planning for the past six months. Every event was scheduled, every hotel booked...

    Tags: Europe

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