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  • Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /*-->*/             Of all the nights I have trouble sleeping; it just had to be this one. I looked at the clock at my phone- 3am.             Tomorrow, the students in the music program were going on a trip to Florida...

  • I hate Branson, Missouri. The combination of Dolly Parton worshipers, and eager families ready to spend oodles of money on light-up souvenirs, and tickets to Shoji, really makes me recoil at the fact that my family decided to spend a week there one summer. At first, I was excited. Excited to see my...

  • For the past 17 years of my life, I have traveled back and forth to Italy almost every year. My mother is Italian and all of our family is located in the southern peninsula. For two months we would usually stay in our small town and not venturing out to other cities, but this all changed two years...

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  •           When I was told by my parents that our family was taking a trip to Alaska that summer, I immediately pictured a cold and harsh wasteland, where we would be squinting through face masks and scarves in a vain attempt to see wildlife. Never did I think my experience there would be so...

  • Excitement screamed through the air. I could barely breathe as I approached the vehicle that would take me to the best four days of my life. Despite the early hour, I was pumped and not at all sorry to see my mother drive away with a last whisper of 'Call me if you need me!' I laughed, knowing I...

  •  9 hours is a long car ride. Especially when you have 2 kids in the backseat giggling and laughing and singing and raping. Well, if you look at it like said kids in the backseat, then it was a lot more then 9 hours. More like 9 hours of food, games, singing contests, and who could win a re-done...

  • Grade nine was a blur, filled with things like writing your first exams, prep for high school, choosing a high school, choosing your courses, etc. It adds up to a lot of pressure and stress. Do I want to be with all my friends and continue French immersion? Or do I want to try a different program...

    Tags: Europe
  • There I was in Kibera-- the largest slum of Kenya. I had been selected for Loyola Academy’s East Africa immersion trip. Graduates of Saint Aloysius, a school which serves HIV/AID affected young people, showed us their homes in the slums. Kibera was overpopulated and overrun with garbage and feces....

  • This summer I was given the opportunity of a life time-- to travel for sixteen days through France. I don't think pictures or what I wrote in my journal will ever really show how grateful I am to have been able to visit a country as rich in history as France. I learned so much and saw so many...

  •   During the summers of 2009, 2010, and 2011, I traveled to Mexico to visit my family and spend some time with the side of my family that I get to rarely see. I had great fun with my cousins that I rarely get to see and was able to explore the entire central region of the country. From the...

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