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  •    The water was as clear as glass, and as I ran in, a massive comforting warmth surged through my entire body.  I walked through the beautifully clear water, and the ocean massaged my feet with soft, white sand. I thought to myself what a wonderful place this was!  Montego Bay, Jamaica really is a...

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  •              Al-Afadra is a small village in upper Egypt where I first saw dirt roads, a part-time medical clinic, an optional grammar school, and houses built of mud bricks with palm leaf roofs. Several years later, I was told to create a school project that was meaningful to me, whether it...

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  • I inhaled to the maximum capacity my lungs could expand. My hands shook with excitement for the journey. I exhaled. Before me stood my bear of a dad, bold and broad shoulders with his bushy mustache, next to him my mate of three years, slouching with his goofy smile. They wished me luck, and I...

  • I was so excited to spend my summer abroad. My sophomore year had just ended and I had found a camp that offered both synchronized skating and German. My search brought me to Les Elfes, a camp located in the alpine city of Verbier, near Geneva. Once my aunt found out about my plans, she insisted I...

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  • BEEP. BEEP. My alarm clock drones just as groggily as I do at six on a Sunday morning. As I get ready for work I think about the day ahead. After I get off work at noon, I will spend the rest of my day juggling doing laundry, finishing homework, tutoring my sister, studying for the SAT, and...

  • This summer I traveled all across the Great Plains of America. I have been through some of the greatest tourist sites, like Mt. Rushmore and Mesa Verde, but out of them all, I found what a true travel destination means, and I found it in Nebraska. Here in Nebraska was Scotts Bluff National Park,...

  • The world drifted by in a haze of blues and greens as the dimly lit sky cast its mellow shadows across the rolling hills of western Germany. A tranquil landscape sprinkled with clusters of quiet houses that only helped to accentuate the already elegant dawn. A light rain left mirrored water...

  •     A nauseating smell began to gather in the air. A smell so ghastly, it brought forth coughs, gags, and stung the eyes to tears. The front of the school bus was gray and blue with smoke. Our watches and cell phones read only 9:15 am, and we still had twenty-three more hours to travel. This was...

  • It was the morning before Thanksgiving and we were headed to Amarillo, Texas. My parents, brother, sister and I were loading the SUV with our clothes, the cooler and other necessary things. We were all very excited that we were about to take a one-day road trip to Texas.   This was not our first...

  •                      Over the years, I have accumulated several memories that will never be forgotten. These memories are moments in my life that have been permanently tainted in the archives of my mind. These memories involve contentment, struggle, success, and anguish as well. I have many...

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