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Last summer, I went on a mission trip to Los Angeles, California with my church's youth group. While we were there, we served at various missions and worked at a daycare for Hispanic children whose parents worked at sweat shops. During the trip, I gained a different perspective of life by seeing...Tags:
Summer 2009 has been beyond a life changing experience for me. It is a pleasure for me to have received the opportunity to travel to an amazing country thanks to the Experiment in International Living. I am fortunate that I got to experience the rich culture that Spain had to offer. There are...Tags:
The trip began as multiple performances but ended as an eye-opening experience. I sat quietly in the Chicago Airport—a reserved 14-year-old girl high school freshman awaiting a plane flight to Switzerland. Next to me stood the enormous string bass that I was to wheel around European jazz...Tags:
At the young age of 13, I got to experience a trip that very few can relate to. In 2009, 12 other middle school students and I were selected as representatives of the Temecula Sister City Association and took the 13 hour voyage to Daisen-Nakayama, Japan. On the first week of our trip we stayed...Tags:
Fáilte. Welcome. Finné Éire! Behold Ireland! The misty emerald glens and crags beckon and captivate you. Steeped in millennia of history and strife, the country of Ireland has developed into a land of rich culture and also became the destination for my family’s summer vacation. But why the...Tags:
I'd never been across the sea before. A long while ago I went up to Alaska on a cruise, but even so, I never even left the U.S. except for a layover in Vancouver. I was, in a word, terrified. Leaving home was always tough for me, but knowing that I was to spend 10 hours aboard a plane flying over a...Tags:
The senior project is a period before graduation that is allotted to the seniors of Columbus Academy to design a project, complete it, and reflect on it. Sitting in the chemistry room, we listened to a teacher drone on about the importance of taking advantage of it, and how our project, in that...Tags:
Growing up in a society that embraces technology, my experiences in Boracay have opened my eyes towards a different kind of beauty. I had never been to a place of such pure bliss and extraordinary scenery until I indulged in Boracay’s nature with my mom, brother, aunts, and grandparents, during...Tags:
It had been a long day in Africa. It was our fourth day and our luggage was still lost, and we'd just spent the whole day driving and looking at crocodiles, rhinos, zebras, lions, baboons, ostriches, monkeys, and almost every other African animal you can think of. Tired and exhausted that...Tags:
The Brainerd Lakes Area is one of the most fascinating areas in Minnesota. Known, obviously, for its 460+ lakes, Brainerd is the place to visit if you are looking to get away from the stress of life. The Brainerd Lakes Area consists of the city of Brainerd plus 25 miles in any direction....Tags: