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  •  As I stepped off the van at 1419 Clinton Street in Nashville, Tennessee, the first thought that came to my mind was, “Oh my God, look at all the young people!" My heart began to pound with excitement. There were many smiles and lots of laughter as people lined up to register outside of the...

  • I am a seventeen year old girl and last year popularity got to my head. I was a “church-goer”, always have been, but I stopped caring. I was drunk, high, hung over, or all of the above, most, if not everyday of the week. My parents have never been strict, and have always trusted me greatly, so they...

  • I extended my cramped foot through the bus’ door. The sole of my converse sunk into the damp Fijian soil as twenty other campers eagerly filed out of the bus behind me. I looked up at the stars that lit the night sky, when a sudden flood of emotions took over – excitement, fatigue, curiosity – and...

    Tags: Pacific
  • A soft breeze plays with my hair. Screams of excitement are echoing in my ears. The warm sun casts vast shadows across the landscape. Tall, strong palm trees are ubiquitous as far as the eyes can see.   My pace quickens as my anxious wait comes to an end. I have a flashback of the small United...

  • I paced back and forth in the guest room as humidity pressed down on me from all sides. I desperately wished I could be back on the Swiss Travel bus with my Spanish club, but instead I was in a strange house in San Jose, Costa Rica. My best friend Seve was my only connection to a culture and...

  • If music, food, and history is on your mind, you want to come to Memphis. The first place you need to see is the Memphis Bridge. The bridge was opened on December 17, 1949. The bridge leads into Memphis from Arkansas and is the number two attraction. Be sure to check it out at night when all...

    Tags: Tennessee, USA
  • Junior year, a year that decisions should be made! While all my peers celebrated junior year being over and were ready to take on senior year, I was unsure. While I was debating on what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life, I felt as if my time was running out. One of the most important...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • In the summer of 2005, I finally came back to Russia for the first time since I immigrated. It had been eight years. My family had changed, my city had changed; I had changed. Instinctively, I understand that I cannot possibly live there again. Despite this, there is something profound about...

    Tags: Europe
  • I was in love, or the closest thing to being in love that I had ever been. That itself was adventure enough for me. Therefore, I tried not to think about the first six weeks of my summer, which were to be spent on yet another summer vacation. These almost always involved a road trip, and this time...

  • July 15, 2012. 3:00 a.m., my alarm sounded. My tired body was quickly energized when I remembered that the day set before me was the beginning of a journey like nothing I had embarked upon before. I reached Austin Bergstrom International Airport at 4:00 a.m. where I met up with the rest of my...

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