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  • I have never enjoyed going away from home on vacation or even leaving my house. Our family booked a cruise to Bermuda when I was 14, I am now 16. Everyday I dreaded the thought of going on a ship, never mind going away for a week.   Basically I sat with the adults the whole cruise not talking much...

  • As I stood atop the bridge, my breathe started to quicken and my heart began to pound, my thoughts jumbled together into a blurb, “What have I signed up for? There’s so much more I want to do with my life, so much more to experience. Can I turn back now?”             However, there was no more...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • The wind grabbed my ponytail and whipped it backward with alarming force as our airboat sped forward through the gray-green swamp. A dense thicket of trees lined the banks, and my eyes had just enough time to marvel at their knotted roots, desperately clinging to the sloped edge, before they flew...

  • It came. I knew it would, even before I exited the flight. The small plane had just landed at the Knoxville Airport in Tennessee, and my apprehension had already escalated to a sizeable amount. The seatbelt sign turned off, and it was time to enter a new world. I took a deep breath, hastily grabbed...

  •    My grandfather, radio receiver affixed to his ear, relayed the coordinates. Terrible and terrific, formations of B-17 “Flying Fortresses” streaked across the war torn sky of a nearly defeated Nazi Germany.  The bombers’ prey, the cultured city of Dresden, seemed unsuspecting and eerily...

  • My family is, to say the least, eccentric; my mother, a high energy, post-traumatic stress disorder patient, my father, a know-it-all, grammatically incorrect hockey fan, my younger brother, the definition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and me, the sassy instigator, are a rowdy bunch...

  • This past May of 2007, I was privileged enough to take a trip with 14 other students to Japan. I have always dreamed of seeing the worlds outside of the United States, and Japan was the first country that I wanted to visit. Traveling there was an eye opening experience for me.   It has given me...

    Tags: Asia
  • It took me years to recognize the importance of diversity and customs. As a girl growing up in two cultures, I found my own tradition something to be ashamed of. I was just a little innocent four year old girl when I made my new home in America. I came to love America, but this resulted in me...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage, India
  • Great Barriers             I have grown up in the same city, the same neighborhood, my whole life. I have worked the same job, played the same sports, and talked to the same people. I have never had the opportunity to see anything else, or experience a different lifestyle. However, this summer for...

    Tags: Europe

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