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  • For the longest time I have wanted to visit the monstrosity of a school known as the University of Texas. My dreams had finally come true as I was accepted with a scholarship for a program known as CEO (or Consider Every Option), a Women’s Engineering program at the campus in Austin, TX. It was a...

  •   ? "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."  -Mother Theresa ?       “Lincoln Memorial is one mile away…. And you need to comeback in one hour do you really think you can make it?,” my counselor asked skeptically and disapprovingly. On the fourth of July,...

  • We pulled out of our Dexter, Michigan driveway on July 5th. The goal of our family road trip was to show my sister and I the Great American West before we became too old to enjoy an entire month of family time. My alterior motive was to be ready to run my first marathon five days after returning....

  • /*-->*/ On a breezy night in Huntington Beach, California, I stood outside the car I was going to be held captive in for the next 26 hours of my life. The sea breeze always felt nice against my face and I was already dreading leaving it behind. I climbed into the back seat of the car with my...

  • In October 2011, I was excused from my AP courses for three weeks to accompany my grandmother to Thailand to receive follow-up treatment for her uterary cancer. We drove to the LAX, flew to Taipei, Taiwan, and landed in Bangkok, where I had witnessed a life-changing experience. I walked out of...

    Tags: Asia, Vacations
  •  When Reality Lasts Forever.    Every teen dreams of going to some sort of prestigious location. My dream location was to visit my family in Mexico, where my father is from. To my father's side of the family, family is everything. The love that takes place amongst each other is far more momentous...

  • 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...

  • Every year, my parents take me to a miniscule town in Mexico called Poncitlan. Poncitlan is located about 40 miles southwest of the city of Guadalajara, Guadalajara is a bustling city filled with traffic and sidewalks filled with people who always have somewhere to go. The city is overwhelmed...

  • Growing up in a family of six kids with my mom and dad, we never had the chance to go “see the sights,” so until just recently did I think traveling was just going to be a pain, why even bother. My attitude changed in the summer 2010 when my best friend Katherine Hubbard and her family took me to...

  • While thumbing the edges of my ticket, I stared at the mysterious dark figures surrounding me in line. I noticed the usual suspects, couples holding hands, loud teens, professional businessmen, and sleepy children. Just as I began to ponder where each individual person was headed, a bright light...

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