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    When one thinks of northern Illinois they think of Chicago but, it is the suburbs of the Windy City that gave Chicago its’ reputation. Nestled midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the city of McHenry, Illinois. McHenry is a tight knit community with a significant amount of culture...

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    There are times in life when the simplest things can make a significant impact on you. A situation like this happened to me this past week when I was on vacation with my girlfriend and her family in North Carolina. Up to this point, I had never gone on vacation, because my family was not...

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         I could feel my knees trembling as the weightlessness of the airplane lifting off the ground overtook me.  At last, after months and months of anticipation, today was the day.  My older sister, Indre, and I were finally on our way to our native-born country of Lithuania.  Our anticipation was...

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    In our first trek into the third world my family left for Costa Rica during the winter of 2010. What I had envisioned to be a tropical paradise with expansive sailboat harbors and multi-million dollar beachfront homes much like the Cayman Islands was disproved by our five hour drive from the...

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    The title  "Costa Rica: It never happened!"captues the cultivating experience that I had in La Cruz, Costa Rica. One of the girls in my group often quoted "It never happened!" to something amazing that we experience, but had no words to describe it. My trip to Costa Rica did in fact happen, but...

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     “Sorry, Chris, we can’t possibly help all of the Katrina victims in the Bayou LaBatre community. Continue with your assigned tasks.”               In disbelief, I walked away wondering if there was anything I could do.  After all, weren’t we here in Alabama to rebuild homes that were demolished...

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    Traveling has always been something I have wanted to do. Seeing the world from all different perspectives is something that has always appealed to me. This summer, I got to see the world from a much shorter and younger perspective. I was got to travel to Cape Cod and do a month long internship for...

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    As I stepped off the plane and took in my first foreign breath, besides being engulfed in a cloud of a Frenchman’s cigarette smoke, my heart stopped and my eyes watered. It all began with the unbelievable opportunity to spend ten days exploring the cities along the coast of France and Spain on a...

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    I was so excited to go to my friend's sweet sixteen celebration. She was the last of us to turn 16 and it was a momentous occasion. I could just imagine how cool the pirate-themed cake would look. However, my aunt died a few days before Morgan's birthday on Halloween. We hardly ever go to weddings...

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