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  • Nigeria. That word meant little to me prior to 2009.  I left Nigeria as a bubbling five old, and barely remembers anything about the country. Yes, I was born there, but that is all I can tell anyone. In the process of trying to be like any other American kid, I had jettisoned any remnant of the...

    Tags: Africa, Heritage
  • I awoke to clamoring sounds on the rowdy bus.  It became increasingly evident we were approaching our intended destination, as the scenery was devoid of familiar architecture.  We were surrounded by a landscape of barren, brown trees.  Despite their appearance, leafless branches arched upward as if...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
  • If you ever find yourself standing at the base of a mountain preparing to climb it, I have only one word of advice to you – Don’t look up. No matter how tall or short the mountain, no matter if it’s covered in snow or in trees, one look up will have you convinced that it is highly unrealistic, if...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • Belize: Unfamiliar Soroundings In the same time it would have taken me to fly from Houston to Atlanta, I was transported to a completely different world changing my life and my family’s life’s forever. As soon as I stepped out the airplane in Belize I was instantly covered by the humid, heavy...

  • The city of love! The city of lights! Baguettes for breakfast, snails as a snack and cheese galore! Wine all the time, cigarettes all around, and berets abound! Sadly, this wildly stereotypical depiction of Paris, France was approximately what I had in mind when I first learned I was to visit this...

  • The last week of August 2005, a natural disaster struck the southern United States and impacted millions of lives. Hurricane Katrina caused grief, tragedy, and despair. But for me, it was a blessing in disguise. One of the 400,000 displaced citizens of New Orleans was 15-year-old Chelsea. Fearing...

  •   This past summer, I traveled to Steamboat Springs, Colorado to take part in a performing arts camp/school known as Perry-Mansfield. Though I stayed on-campus with many of the other students, my mother visited and stayed in a hotel known as “Rabbit Ears Hotel,” which is located in the town, near...

  •           Ten miles. The annual summer hike that I do from the Maroon Bells of Aspen to the town of Crested Butte is ten miles and reaches an altitude of 12,500 feet. That’s all. Yet through the suffering of the altitude and the distance, I have gained memories I will never forget. The hike over...

  • It is November 22nd, 2007: Thanksgiving Day. I am in “America Sings,” a group formed by my chorus class, along with many others from across the nation. We all came to the Big Apple for this. We rehearsed, worked our butts off, went through sweat and pain, all for this day. I look around at the...

  • In 2007, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Europe (France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria) for three weeks with the People to People Student Ambassadors (peopletopeople.com). Within those 21 days, I experienced many new cultures and on the way made some mistakes! I hope to share my...

    Tags: Europe

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