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  • My parents gave me a gift that has aided me throughout my entire life and will continue to be proven useful well into my old age. It is not a gift that was wrapped and presented on a holiday, nor was it something that was given at birth that can be tracked down in my genetic code. I was not given...

  • Last year in April I had gotten the opportunity to go on a trip that changed my life. During my Easter break I volunteered my time to go to New Orleans. This was the first time I have ever been away from home for such a long period of time. I went on this trip with my school, Mother Cabrini High...

  • Dhanyabaad is a word that I used so much in only two weeks. Dhanyabaad mean thank you in Tharu and the people of Dhurzhanna, Nepal had me using it so much with their outrageous kindness. Living in Dhurzhanna for two weeks was extremely different from living in New York City. Everyone greeted me...

  • "You're going to Ghana?? In....Africa?? That's going to change you." This phrase ran through my head the minute I stepped out of the taxi, when a little girl came up to me and held her arms up, beckoning me to hold her. Then another one came, and another. A feeling of happiness rushed through me...

  • Home. It's usually not the first thing you think of when you see a 30 foot RV. But that's what it had to become for me. After selling our house 2 months before school ended, we were forced to make a home out of this RV. After school ended, we left to go on this epic journey that we planned months...

  • When many people think of Florida they think of the hot sun, beautiful beaches and natives walking around in tank tops, flip flops and shorts. They also believe that the only city of any importance in the sunshine state is Miami. Any time I tell anyone I live in Florida, the first question they...

  • Every two years, my high school’s band, orchestra, choir, and dance academy take a week long trip to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. We spend each day a park (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot), a day in Universal Studios, and we get to perform on stage in Downtown Disney...

  • After a stressful junior year of High School, nothing could describe how happy I felt when the airplane lifted off the ground of Chicago. I had been anticipating this trip for months, waiting to finally get away and have some adventure in the beautiful city of Hong Kong. I thought about family...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • As my family and I piled into our big, white van, there was so much excitement in the air you could practically taste it. I felt like an eager little child on Christmas Eve- I seriously could not wait any longer! The ten hour drive to California felt like an eternity. We were finally going on the...

  • The people here were so…friendly. I looked around me and all I could see were smiles, beautiful and sincere smiles that were contagious to the point where I couldn’t keep my mouth shut, and my cheeks were starting to hurt from how big my mouth was stretching. Did these people ever experience anger...

    Tags: Caribbean

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