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  • Ten AM local time, and we’re taking our first steps into Midway Airport on patriotic July Fourth. My family has no map, no plans, and no problems. At face value, our reason for coming here is to tour the University of Chicago. But our actual reason for being in the city is that we haven’t had a...

  • Heat, humidity, and Houston, this is all you need to describe my summers. My only escape is when we go on vacation. My favorite was Alaska in 2010, when I was 12.My grandma and dad own property with a small red cabin in a little town an hour south of Anchorage called Moose Pass.  Rick Riordan...

  • Eight hours. Eight long, hot hours. This is how long it took my mother, me and my younger brother to drive to Lexington, Kentucky from our home in North Carolina for the oh, so exciting AAU Boys U-12 Basketball National Championship. But lucky for me, aside from Kentucky being the host to this...

  • “Sitting on those rickety slabs of wood, tuning out the rest of the world with the sound of crashing waves, the sun glistening off the water like diamonds; it was then that I realized I had found my own heaven on earth.” Once I took my first steps, I was walking on those islands. The tradition was...

  •     My first 3-week experience, on my own, occurred in the summer of 2009. It was inside the state of Texas, to some people this was not a big deal, but it meant my mission was accomplished when I received the consent of my parents to be on my own in another city. Let’s just say my parents are very...

  •   Our tour guide warned us: “It’s going to take five hours to arrive and the unfortunate thing is that you may have a headache because the land isn't covered by concrete and there are many holes caused by bombs." Then the intensity of the bus's shake increased and we all got a headache. Suddenly...

    Tags: Asia
  • On April 6, 2007, I stepped on my first airplane for a direct flight to London. I had spent a year and a half planning for my ten day trip to London, Paris, Lucerne, and Heidelburg. I was nervous about the flight, but too excited to notice.   I was taking the trip with my Aunt Carol, Uncle Rick, my...

    Tags: Europe
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  • As a French Language student at Palos Verdes High School, I was encouraged to sponsor an exchange student for a month during the summer of 2011.  Amelie Lejeune was from Luxembourg and from the moment we met we became life long sisters! After an amazing time in California, Amelie went home but...

  • Graffiti, dirt roads, three legged dogs and kids running around without shoes. Nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced in Zorrillo, Mexico. This past summer, I had an amazing opportunity. A group of thirteen students and seven leaders from Church of the Chimes (COTC) were able to...

    Tags: Caribbean

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