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  • It was a cold and chilly morning on January 2, 2010. It was the start of the new-year and I was up at three in the morning headed toward Modesto, CA. My family arranged a weekend to go to Las Vegas, so that my grandmother could see her daughter. It was my father, my mother, my two cousins Jenifer,...

  • It’s crazy to think that because we spend hours planning something, it’ll turn out perfect. Most of the time, it isn’t how we originally envisioned it. Two years ago, I took a vacation that didn’t turn out as planned; however, I believe everything happens for a reason.            We spent months...

  • In the summer of 2007 I had the privilege to travel to the island of Jamaica, and work in the mountain at Bethel Christian Mission. I traveled with the First Family Church that is in Ankeny Iowa. Our goal was to implement a leadership training session in the town of Newport Jamaica. Our leaders...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • My trip to Costa Rica with Common Ground International was the most amazing experience of my life. First, we visited Parque Nacional de Manuel Antonio, the national park of Costa Rica. The gates (only a block from our hotel) open unto a rainforest. We saw monkeys, sloths, snakes, birds and more. ...

  •   Near the end of my junior year last school year, my English teacher assigned a grueling essay about electricity. I wasn’t looking forward to writing the essay, but when I found out that the prize for the contest was a free trip to Washington, D.C., I couldn’t wait to start writing. Lucky for...

  • Walking through brown pastures instead of green and dark alleys that seem as if they’ve never been lit. Missing the life I’ve never had drives me insane, and the setting around me reminds me of hopeless fate that’s been doomed from the start. Never knowing my shadowed truths of whom I am and where...

  • Last summer, my mother, sister and I took a 14 hour long flight back to our roots in Guangzhou, China. The last time I visited China was three years ago and the wait was long overdue. I mostly travel to China to visit my family, but all of my relatives have immigrated to the United States leaving...

    Tags: Asia, China
  •    Last summer I took a bike trip with Teen Treks from Albany NY, to Cape Cod MA, and I have never done anything harder in my life.  Before I got to the pretty, flat stretch of beach that I had been expecting, the Berkshires wore me out until I was nothing but pretzels and dirty clothing. I became...

  • The moist, oatmeal colored sand; stuck to my feet, leaving a trail of footprints as I walked through the murky cave. Before we reached our destination, we had a strenuous hike down a two-hundred foot cliff.  As we reached the bottom of the cliff, we admired the radiant sun setting into the ocean...

  • In the spring of 2009, on a beautiful Sunday in May and after church, my mom, dad and I put on our hunting clothes that would protect us as we wandered through the woods. I wore my favorite faded blue jeans with threads shredded on the bellbottoms. I also wore a black t-shirt, and a long sleeved...

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