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  • Whenever I tell my story of studying abroad I am always asked, "Why Finland?" After spending two months on the other side of the world, alone for the first time from my family, and placed with a host-family in the rural town of Kankäänpää in western Finland, I find myself instead asking, "Why...

    Tags: Europe
  • Last December, 2009, we decided to take a trip to India. This was my first overseas trip, so I was super excited. I mean, I had been to Canada before, but that’s not really counted as “overseas”. Anyway, we left on Friday evening. We landed at the New Delhi airport at around 9:00 PM (it was...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • Waking up in the morning and breathing fresh mountain air is often a reminder of my love for my hometown of Colorado Springs.  Almost everyday I see the sun shining down on the vastness of Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains. A prominent feature of this family-friendly city “The Springs,” as locals...

    Tags: Colorado, USA
  • This summer, my family and I traveled to another world! The people were strange, the water tasted weird, and I had the time of my life! Ok, I may have lied a little about the other world thing, but Minnesota is pretty far away from my home state of Georgia. And some of the people really are strange...

  • Rick Warren states in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, “We discover our role in life through our relationships with others.” Lupetia Ramirez is an extraordinary young lady who helped me discover my purpose in life. She was an inspiration to me on my first mission trip to Baja, California in...

  •      Little did I know that when my mom joined online Weight Watchers how it would impact my life. On their website there was a place one could visit with other dieters about weight loss experiences. That is where she met Joyce Harris from Fairbanks, Alaska. At first it was just diet conversation...

  • In my sophomore year, spring 2008, at East Detroit High School, I had an extraordinary opportunity. As a member of our marching band I went to perform at and tour Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Our band director, Mr. Jim Ohrt, was retiring in June and he desired a last “hurrah” with all of his...

  • In December of 2007, my family was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Honolulu, Hawaii. We stayed in the Hilton Hotel in front of Waikiki Beach, where eventually became the place I learned how to surf. My father is a pilot so he was familiar with the place and helped my mother, brother and...

  • A nervous teenage boy ventures into Detroit Metro Airport. His left hand tightly clutches his boarding pass. In that moment in time, that pass is the most important item in his world. He repeatedly glances at it, checking and rechecking his flight and gate number: Delta Flight 2745 and Gate 45A. In...

  • /*-->*/ On a breezy night in Huntington Beach, California, I stood outside the car I was going to be held captive in for the next 26 hours of my life. The sea breeze always felt nice against my face and I was already dreading leaving it behind. I climbed into the back seat of the car with my...

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