Students

Pages

  • I have been to Chicago many times throughout my life and I didn’t think this trip would be different. It was. This time I saw the city through the anxious eyes of a new driver as I watched my Dad break all the rules my teacher had been preaching! I saw the skyline and I paid attention to the...

  • The cool breeze flickers in the air, momentarily relieving my skin from the scorching sun. As we follow our tour guide, I notice how perfectly the tree’s green leaves complement the blue sky. I snap a picture with one thought in my mind: this place is too peaceful to be a concentration camp. I...

    Tags: Europe, Germany
  • Have you ever wondered what true love really is? I always thought that love was what I saw on television shows such as 'Boy Meets World,' or what I read in fairy tale books about the princesses. I finally saw first hand what true love is the day my parents renewed their wedding vows. It was the...

  • I recall the exact moment when the GPS read “5 minutes to Chicago Avenue.” Amazed, I watched as the first skyscrapers came into view. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine a city of such magnitude. It was hard to believe that just a mere twelve hours earlier we were leaving Richland, a small...

  • I was in love, or the closest thing to being in love that I had ever been. That itself was adventure enough for me. Therefore, I tried not to think about the first six weeks of my summer, which were to be spent on yet another summer vacation. These almost always involved a road trip, and this time...

  •    The colorful houses were like a messy box of paints, the sky like watercolors on a soggy canvas, the streets like crumpled paper, with anti-geometric cobblestones. San Miguel was an art studio. Under the threatening clouds, we journeyed toward our home for the week, Antonette’s Hotel/Spa. The...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •             In the summer of 2009, a small group from my church, including myself, had a great opportunity to fly down to New Orleans, Louisiana as a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, also known as the ELCA.  My small group of six would be amidst thirty three thousand other...

  • “Rachel, everything is beautiful there. The people, the trucks, and the trees. Even the pollution! The good, the bad, and the ugly!” Last month, I sat listening to my friend, Camille, over the phone, as she expressed her passion for Africa. She had just come home from the continent two weeks prior...

    Tags: Africa
  •     I knew that my first adventure was going to be super exciting: my very first trip to Pakistan. My parents were born and raised in Pakistan and they have been considering going back to meet their family and to take me along as well. They always tell me to appreciate everything that I have and...

    Tags: Asia
  • California is more than our beaches. It's more than our Hollywood billboard, our vineyards, or our L.A. Lakers. California is the state of endless possibilities. There is something for everyone. We have our hot summer months down south; We have our cold winter months up north. We have our...

Pages