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  • One week ago, I went on a trip to San Marcos that impacted my life in many different ways. As an officer in Student Council, I with other six officers, got to go to a summer leadership workshop for Student Council at Texas State University. This trip was the first one that our school had ever...

  •       "White's Only". You may say that most fifteen year olds would not fully understand what that meant as you passed a sign that had those two words on it. As I was growing up, my mother would tell me about the horrible experiences her and her family would go through just to make it in...

  • One of the world’s most famous unsolved mysteries is simply a bunch of big rocks. Yet I was lucky enough to see it: Stonehenge. While on a tour of seven countries with sights such as the Eiffel Tower, gondolas in Venice, and Big Ben, I was hardly concerned with a pile of stones. Salisbury, England...

    Tags: Europe
  • Everyone sees their parents in a certain way. That special relationship between a parent and a child is an inescapable part of life that requires love, devotion and hard work to grow as the kind of love that defines what it means to be a family. Like most teenagers in the 10th grade, I saw my...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • The only thing more challenging than eating eel, octopus and jelly fish is writing a teen travel essay using 600 words or less. The only thing almost as exciting as experiencing Chinese culture firsthand is sharing the amazing experience with others. And, the only thing more difficult than coping...

    Tags: Asia, China
  •   N early four months ago, I was boarding my first plane that was designated to go beyond the U.S. boundaries, the boundaries that I’ve labeled home. I was more thrilled than anxious to see the world beyond the United States, and perceive its beauty with my own eyes. It’s one thing to see pictures...

    Tags: Europe
  • Today most Americans come home from work or school to walk to the fridge, contemplate the different food choices, heat up a meal in the microwave, wait impatiently for five minutes, and sit down in front of the television. During this time, they complain of the food, their small home, and their...

  • It was dark as we zoomed up the inner bowels of a mountain, and cold too. The train racing at speeds likely greater than 60 miles an hour. The pressure changes were recognized by me and my friends through the popping in our ears. As much as my ears had been popping in the days previous, certainly...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  •  Early this year, my maternal grandmother arrived in America for the very first time. It is her first trip out of Vietnam. She now settles in San Francsico, California where she lives with my mother's sister. She is aged 64. It was only during the summer holiday period that I was able to see her...

  • No matter the time of year, Yale University is always bustling with activity; heavily populated with students and professors during the academic year, of course, there is another demographic that fills its ivy-draped towers in every season: tourists. Whether they be tour groups from Asia or...

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