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  • Semi Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship I could hardly believe the sight as I first stepped into my room at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington D.C. I could hardly believe the sight as I first stepped into my room at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington D.C. As if I just...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • When a kid wears a smile on their face from some act I have done, an incomparable explosion erupts in my world. The sense of joy and fulfillment tingles through every bone in my body. I have an illusion in my head that I can use this passion to make a difference in the world. I went to Ethiopia...

    Tags: Africa
  • It is really quite a surreal feeling. My whole life I had been planted firmly in America, having no knowledge of the world outside of my confinements. When the massive airbus 380 touched down in Paris, France my jaw must have gone numb because my top and bottom teeth were no where near each other...

    Tags: Europe
  • In the summer of 2008, my family and I spent ten fabulous days and 900 miles touring the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan, dipping our toes in three of the five North American Great Lakes, and taking in majestic scenery. On July 19th, we flew from KCIAirport to Flint, Michigan. In our rented...

  • Last March, my family and I took a trip to go visit my dream college; Humboldt State University. On paper, Humboldt was the ideal school for me and was located in the middle of the Redwood forest and five miles from the ocean. I left New Mexico in cheerful anticipation, hoping that Humboldt would...

  • Sweat poured off Patrick Henry's face as he stood in the hot, 85-degree heat, speaking passionately on how he felt about what had just occurred in this town. The hope of rain that we'd had a few minutes before had been snatched away, and the sun was beating down on us once more. It was May, 1774,...

  • My dad is originally from Russia, but when he came to the United States he was introduced to the wonderful state of New York, specifically New York City. He has a great love for the city, a nostalgia of sorts. Every month we visit the magnificent wonder a couple of times. But this time was...

  • Lessons learned, a trip that I will remember for a lifetime, experiencing history, and being with some of the most important people in my life. Getting on a plane by myself at 16 is scary enough; but having my flight attendant tell me that I may not be able to land at my final destination is even...

  • When my parents first informed my brothers and me that our summer vacation was going to be spent at Sequoia National Park in southern California, I was disappointed. We were going to hop in the van for nine excruciating hours to see what? Trees, trees, and even more trees. Thankfully, I was wrong....

  • In late July of 2014, I retracted back to my “home” village in the Dominican Republic for a week. By joining the Village Mountain Mission the year before with my mom, and building homes for impoverished and stranded families, I fell in love with not only mission work but also a village called...

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