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  • The trees all covered in moss watch over the wildlife that roams the moist forests. Fallen branches snap all around as they are crunched underneath the hoafs of the deer that venture through this miraculous place. I'm a Southern California resident and here there are dry forest that lack the...

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    Tags: Africa
  • The morning is just light enough to distinguish blurred human figures already bustling through the streets of Beijing. I lie in my bed listening as the voices outside grow louder, the air inside laced with mosquito repellant. While life six floors below me is stirring with street vendors and the...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
  • My mother had asked another tourist to take a picture of our family. There I stood, waiting for the moment to be over. I was enjoying the trip, but the location was not the problem. While uncomfortably shifting my weight from right leg to left, I thought about how there are some trips that go...

    Tags: Europe
  • When I was seven, my life’s goal was to become the greatest cowboy the Wild West had ever seen. Eventually, I found out the west was no longer wild, and figured out that being a cowboy involved dealing with cows. Much like the Wild West and my cowboy dreams, my very real Cuban heritage was a...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I believe the most wonderful and funny trip I have ever experience took place in the summer of 2007. My club basketball team, ‘Forest Park Fury’ took a trip to Bolling Brook, Illinois, a little town located in the suburbs of Chicago to participate in the North America Youth Sports National...

  • During my time as a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), I have had many experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise. As a freshman in high school and a first year member of FBLA, I placed second in the Business Math competition and advanced to Nationals, which were being held in...

  •                 Our family has been going on road trips for as long as I can remember.  Every summer a new destination is set - an airplane is rendered unnecessary.  Highway 89 and late night stops at Country Inn’s became habit.  While driving may seem like a hassle, I have come to appreciate the...

  • Cultural immersion was my way to learn about the world’s diversities and my own identity. This past summer, I lived in Costa Rica for three weeks and worked on community service projects with a student travel program. It was a challenging and rewarding journey, especially at such a young age. The...

  • Sandwiched between two long flights on Cathay Pacific was a trip in Sri Lanka. It was not quite a vacation; it was a mission. I had founded a club called Books Over Seas to send gently used textbooks to Sri Lanka. In this first year of existence, Books Over Seas collected 812 books and shipped them...

    Tags: Asia

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