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  • 10 shirts. 5 pairs of shorts. 2 pairs of jeans. 2 sweatshirts. 2 bathing suits. 1 brush. 1 toothbrush. 1 bag. 18 days. I went down the “Travel Checklist” that my mom handed out to each member of my family and made sure I had everything—or as much as I could fit into that small duffel bag. For the...

  • I was thrilled when my small-town school announced that they were going to be taking a trip to London England over Spring Break. Thursday March 24thfinally arrived and I met my fellow classmates and friends at the Traverse City airport. After saying goodbye to our parents our excitement only grew...

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  •              My home is in Dessalines, Haiti. My family moved to Haiti as missionaries in August 2012. Dessalines is a beautiful city and has a very unique history. Your first morning in Haiti you will wake up and experience a beautiful sunrise. The clouds and sun are absolutely gorgeous and...

  • Arriving in Atlanta at midnight I felt exhausted yet filled with a restless energy. While my friends were socializing I took a moment to myself to let it all sink in. Just months ago we were competing at state competition and here we are almost 2,000 miles away from home competing at nationals. I...

  • So I'm walking down the streets of Paris. Specifically the Jewish quarter. There is a sticky feeling on my back from dew drops of sweat, my legs are like molten metal, and my hair hangs in a black sheet down my neck, unrelentingly hot. My brand new tennis shoes are tracing the cobblestone side...

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  •  I have never been to Europe, Africa, Asia or any other country besides the United States. These foreign places would spark instant attention for a travel story. The vacation destinations in the United States are seemingly unoriginal and already heavily populated. Who wants to hear about a...

  • As I write this essay, my palms begin to sweat and my heart begins to race. I am still unsure exactly what emotions my memories elicit, but I am sure they are strong. One of the requirements for this essay is that it be about a trip taken with family--I went on an exchange program alone, but...

  • The flash of a camera, the screaming of fans, that moment when you know you’re alone in front of millions of people and cameras…Needless to say, the lives of celebrities are hectic ones, but many of us wish we could take a walk in their shoes, and for a short while, I did. In October of 2006, I,...

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  • Temecula, California, located in Riverside county is the hub of entertainment and excitement. Incorporated in 1989, it has been expanding in colossal proportions since then. No matter how old you are, I guarantee there is always something for you to do here!  Come visit Old Town, a main...

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