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    The morning heat drumed lazily on my forehead as I read The Sun Also Rises in a hammock on my aunts back porch. This would seem like an ordinary porch, but that would be under ordinary circumstances. At this moment, I hear a loud rustle, then a squeal. It was a fully grown havelina with family....

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    Nobody expected what would happen while we there. High school is a mean place, full of cliques and drama. Which is why we were all shocked when none of that followed us to our little oasis in Florida. Everybody was everyone’s friend in Disney World. None of the stupid things that divided us before...

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    Los Angeles, the city recognized worldwide for its glamour, is also well known as a center of ethnic diversity. Throughout its history Los Angeles has been home to immigrants from all over the world resulting in a culturally varied city. Arguably the strongest influence, Mexican immigrants had a...

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    As I extend my left leg and push off from the hold, my right arm struggles to grasp the rock above me.  This sport is all about focus and determination, two traits that define my current state of being.  I stop momentarily and look about me; it seems surreal that I am in the center of Alaska’s...

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    We marched through the airport in a single-file line, like an army in training. It was appropriate, because that is how we felt.  We were mighty soldiers in matching shirts on our way to Nicaragua to rescue people from poverty and hunger.   I arrived in Nicaragua's airport and was immediately...

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    Last year my immediate and extended family took a trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina and, by far, it has been the best trip I had ever been on. We live in a suburb of Philadelphia and although we are not world travelers, we have been to places like Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Virginia, New...

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    At 17 years old, I believe myself to be very globally conscious-I desire to make a difference in the world, primarily through creating a system that will help those in poverty live in harmony with the environment while also trying to work with political heads and create economy and...

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    I traveled without the luxury of staying at a five star hotel. A hot shower was jumping in a lake 3000ft above sea level, a comfy bed was under a tent, gazing up at the clear night sky, and bathroom tissue was the foliage around me. To call this travel would be an understatement. A more appropriate...

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    On spring break of 2011, my senior year, my family and I went on a mission trip to Guatemala. It was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever been on. We went to provide medical, humanitarian, and relational assistance for various villages in country.  One of the villages that we went...

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    When I boarded the plane that would be transporting our mission team to Dakar, Senegal, I knew that I was temporarily kissing the comforts of America goodbye.  Little did I understand what it meant to be journeying miles away from any fragment of familiar culture.  The entire eight hours of the...

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