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Nebraska I live to hit the ball, run the bases, and score a run for my team. Fast-pitch softball is the sport I play and in one particular summer about two years ago, the game I live to play, turned into a week of ducking for cover from thunderstorms and lightning, covering my face with...
For the majority of my life I considered the Hawaiian Islands as paradise. You’re welcomed by pungent island air that nearly knocks you off your feet. Even the cars kick up the smell of leis as they rush down streets that are named with exotic Hawaiian words. My opinion of paradise was to be...Tags:
I was exhausted - mentally and physically worn out. I’d spent the entire morning taking a load off of the Thai teachers at a village school: entertaining and teaching some of three hundred children who learned there.I took a seat on a stump with my dad’s iPad and proceeded to ignore everybody...Tags:
I am proud to say that at the age of 17 I spent my spring break of senior year in London and Paris! Not many teens are given the opportunity to go half way across the world and experience a new culture and new surroundings. I counted down the days until I would board the plane and await a 13...Tags:
It was as if Christmas morning was just hours away, and I would miss it if I drifted off to sleep. The next morning, as I loaded up the RV with my brother and sister, I felt as if the RV was symbolic of a time machine- taking me back to my childhood. As we pulled out of our home in the hot, flat...Tags:
My journey back to the state of my birth, Washington State, provided adventures of all sorts, that I will never forget. While a vacation in Washington State, the rainiest and most dismal state, appears boring (Seattle, Washington supposedly has a high suicide rate due to the lack of sunlight), my...Tags:
If it weren’t for the automated elevators I would have pressed every single enticing button, just to see every magical floor. It took three elevators just to get to the observatory, not that I minded. I wanted to study every button, wall, door, and inch of the floor. I was hypnotized by New York....Tags:
Every summer my family and I take a plane to Denver, Colorado and drive three hours through the bare country in order to reach our destination to a small, barren town of Kimball, Nebraska. Many people do not understand why my family would visit a place where there is "nothing to do" since it is...Tags:
During April of 2006, I applied for and was accepted to participate in an international trip. I was afforded the opportunity to go to Istanbul, Turkey, where I had an extraordinary experience. I had to submit a transcript, two letters of recommendation, and two essays to be considered as a...Tags:
Life is a journey we all must venture upon. There are many obstacles, enjoyments, and opportunities along our paths. When given opportunities we must seize them and try to learn and absorb as much as possible. When I was given the opportunity to travel to Spain, I took it. When I took that...Tags: