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  • Butterflies were swirling around in my stomach like an angry tornado. My heart was thumping so hard I thought the cars next to us could hear it. As I looked out of the front window, a hunter green road sign read "San Diego 10 miles". It was Spring Break of 2008 and it was my very first time ever...

  • Applying the preceding December, I was selected to attend the 2009 US Naval Academy Summer Seminar in Annapolis (http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/nass.htm). It was an amazing week! I met over 2,250 students from around the world. We stayed at Bancroft Hall, the largest dormitory in the world and the...

  • Edmonds, Washington is a small city just north of Seattle that's nestled on the Puget Sound. Visitors on the beach can watch cruise ships sail to Alaska, ferry boats going back and forth from Edmonds to Kingston, and during the spring and summer you can watch large pods of whales travel straight...

  • When I was thirteen years old, I took a trip that changed my life.   After a summer spent constructing awkward Spanish phrases I was ready to board the plane to Nicaragua. A beautiful country, Nicaragua is home to rain forests, lakes and more poverty than most of us will experience in our...

  • Somtimes, a truly life-altering experience is so subtle that a person does not realize that he or she has changed until after the experience takes place.  Other times, one is thrust in the midst of a predicament that is so radical a change that one cannot help but realize that his or her life will...

    Tags: Asia
  • My family and I are close-knit have always enjoyed travelling together; experiencing new places is something we look forward to doing every summer. However, from Jacksonville, Oregon, the farthest from home we had ever travelled to was Phoenix, Arizona in 2003. This summer, we planned to take our...

  •   Cuenca, Ecuadorand I am zooming past it in the back seat of a dusty '53 pick up. With a cold jugo de mora wedged between overheated legs, I begin to think of home for the first time in 800 miles. As I blow past arbitrary shacks, fields complete with cows, pigs, and the most beautiful sunset I...

  •      This summer, 8 classmates and I traveled to the Tenderloin District in San Francisco, California to work side-by-side with the homeless population for two weeks. We challenged ourselves to fully appreciate every human being that we encountered, no matter how much dirt covered their face. ...

  •                    It’s Tuesday morning of my week off from school for Spring break. I look out the window and feel the morning breeze flow through my hair the smell of the local bakeries preparing for the upcoming work day. That’s when it hit me, “I’m in Paris” the city I’ve seen in movies and...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  • When it comes to traveling I’m always up for anything and everything. I love sight-seeing at places like the Great Wall; but I also enjoy the atypical experiences--eating rooster head and thirteen hour train rides. Regardless, I feel that my trips abroad have taught me more than I could learn in...

    Tags: Asia, Vacations

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