Students

Pages

  • Rugged mountains wove through the landscape as if to make up the seams of a green quilt that covered the rich soil buried underneath. The Río Grande snaked in between the patches, creating seams with the mountain ridges and giving life to the earthy quilt. As the plane landed on the tarmac, the...

  • When a barefoot and malnourished child stares into your eyes and asks for help your heart sinks with sadness and your mind races with ways to give and protect this child.  Pablo Gomez, age four, did stare at me with pain and anguish as he watched me hammer the last nail into the board.  I turned...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •               I stood petrified as my ears were drowned in Spanish; the small woman yelling at me. My puny Spanish vocabulary told me I had done something wrong dealing with water. Later, my friend translated. My 11 minute shower was too long; I had wasted Spain’s precious water. My first day in a...

    Tags: Europe
  •    Picture yourself hundreds of feet from the ground with nothing under you for support. Your life is in the hands of a single metal wire above your head. At first you close your eyes and cross your fingers, just hoping that the wire will not snap under your weight. All you can do is tell yourself...

  • Last summer I traveled to Italy for thirty five days with a group of ten students from across America. We all had our own mannerisms, ranging from a street-smart New Yorker to a flamboyant Peruvian to a hilarious Texan. As strangers, we flew to Italy and dived into a country with a different...

    Tags: Europe
  • Can you imagine the most chaotic family vacation you embarked upon?  Everyone has experiences of that vacation that could not seem to end fast enough but still is reminisced about fondly.  My particular vacation memory that comes to mind occurred in June of 2007.  My parents had gathered the notion...

  • Northern Ireland. This subject is studied in history classes like other historical places, and is just as easily forgotten. Of course, students would sympathize more with the struggles of a country or time period if they experienced it firsthand. When gaping at a twenty-five foot mural of a school...

    Tags: Europe
  •           Upstate New York is rich in history and vastly underrated compared to New York City, which is a mere three hours away. The Capital region is home to historic metropolitan areas such as Troy, Saratoga, and Albany. These cities were instrumental in our nation's history, from the...

  • It was the beginning of summer vacation when I agreed to accompany my father on a work related trip to three rural Alaskan villages. Surprisingly, working would be the newest experience on this trip. In August 2002 my parents and I moved to Nondalton, a small village located in south-central...

  • I was not ready for this. I mean, come on! I was going to be separated from my boyfriend, all my friends, and anyone I even just KNEW for an entire week and a half! How lame. I was sort of excited, but I did not want to let it show as I said my final goodbyes to my friends. So, Day 1. We drove to...

Pages