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  •               Every year my mother plans our annual family trip. She spends hours planning and searching for the perfect destination; one year we spent a couple of weeks in Denmark, during another vacation my family attempted to camp in Morro Bay. These trips are very important to my family because...

  • Summer 2008 I was chosen as a US Ambassador as part of International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) to travel to Japan and represent the United States and our culture. IACE is one of the premier offering of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the US Air Force Volunteer Auxiliary’s aerospace education and cadet...

    Tags: Asia
  • Nelson Mandela once stated that “there is nothing like returning to a place that has remained unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” After completing a semester abroad in Italy, I’ve come to understand the full meaning of this proverb. Stepping foot inside my house was an...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • I was a month from turning 18 when I stuffed myself, my iPod, my book, and my suitcase in the backseat of my parents' car for a weeklong visit to my aunt and uncle in Rifle, Colorado.  This was no "two hour tour", as my mother insists that driving is cheaper than flying, and that one can only...

  • “Pura vida!” (Pure life) “YOLO!” (You Only Live Once) These were our mottos throughout our adventures in Costa Rica the summer of my junior year.  They describe and represent a myriad of memories which continue to resonate with me.  The mind-set encapsulated throughout our mottos and adventures...

  • Most people tend to brag about fancy cruises to the Bahamas, family vacations to foreign countries, or anywhere out of the country. I’ve had my fair share of family vacations whether they were in the country, or out of the country. The one that I will gladly brag about is when my mom took my best...

  • Every path, no matter how long and winding it can be, has a horizon. Every long walk, no matter how tiring and tedious it is for a small child walking with her parents, ends at an unforeseen destination, like the boardwalk. I was a happy child who tried not to cause too much trouble, but I...

    Tags: Soul Search, USA
  • Normal 0 /*-->*/ Growing up in America, I have always felt privileged. Compared to my relatives in Taiwan, I have far more tools and connections to access a higher standard of education and living. Due to these advantages, I feel compelled to share my experiences and knowledge with those...

    Tags: Asia
  • Just two years ago, I joined a summer program, Project Ascent, which sends American students to Sichuan, China, to volunteer in local communities and familiarize Chinese students with American Culture. As one of the twelve participants, our goal was to foster positive perceptions of each other’s...

  •       New York City, a place everyone hopes and dreams of visiting. We’ve all heard about the buildings reaching up to the sky, the smell of the exhausts from the thousands of taxi cabs and the millions of people that crowd the subways and streets. To some it might not sound like a “dream vacation...

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