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  • On a mid-October day, while restless winds tested the courage of fragile, wrinkled leaves that hung precariously on withered branches, and the angry rain pelted my face, a surprising moment occurred. While the fading autumn blossoms were pounded into releasing the last of their fragrance, an...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •   In June of 2008, I was surprised with a trip to Africa, but this wouldn’t be just any trip to Africa. I was going to South Africa with my Aunt Dwana to visit Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. I had been to many places before, Brazil, Paris, Bahamas, but I knew this trip would be...

    Tags: Africa
  • Two summers ago, I had the most amazing travel experience of my life when I had the opportunity to travel to the Galápagos Islands. My mother, grandmother, and I took a 4-day cruise aboard the Galapagos Explorer II. We boarded the boat at Santa Cruz, an island about 1-hour from Guayaquil, Ecuador...

  • The college race is an ever-increasing source of stress for teenagers in America. With standardized scores, extracurriculars, essays, and countless other tests of ability to worry about, my peers and I hardly have enough time to reflect on what this “race” is all about. This spring, however, I...

  • Day 1: April 4, 2012 The other 16 students and I arrived to school with our luggage ready to head to JFK, but not before reluctantly attending the first two classes of the day while the pricipal inspected our bags. Our advisors- both french teachers and our irish literature teacher- were just...

  • To say I am French at heart is completely true.  Ever since I was a  young child of the age of 3 I had wanted to speak, write, and read in French.  In my room, maps of the world draped over my walls unlike my friends' rooms which were usually dominated by Pokemon or Power Rangers.  So, with having...

  • I had always believed that school trips could just not be any fun. I had been on field trips and such and seen the way you have about no freedom at all. That was until i took my sophomore trip to Costa Rica.   My mom had actually basically forced me to go, as bad as that sounds. But while i was...

  • My parents and I left for Budapest on the same day as the first major snow-storm of the year. Our flight was scheduled at seven in the evening, but the foreboding weather inspired us to leave for the airport at 9:00AM, reaching at noon. We ended up spending ten hours in John F. Kennedy...

    Tags: Europe
  •     My family usually takes a trip to Europe every two years, because my stepdad is from Ireland and that's where his family lives. In the summer of 2010, we decided to take a side trip to France for my sixteenth birthday.   My excitement was overwhelming as my family and I stood in the Dublin...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  •              Al-Afadra is a small village in upper Egypt where I first saw dirt roads, a part-time medical clinic, an optional grammar school, and houses built of mud bricks with palm leaf roofs. Several years later, I was told to create a school project that was meaningful to me, whether it...

    Tags: Africa

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