Students

  • 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....

  •     To most people, Washington D.C. is a place of history; not the first destination that pop‘s into ones mind at the mention of the word vacation. At first, Washington D.C. didn’t appeal to me too much, but when I saw what it had to offer, it became one of my goals in life to go back one day and...

  • My junior year in high school was shaped and defined by my three-month spring trip to the great countries of Europe with my family. The experience was so overwhelmingly worth the social sacrifices necessary that I constantly find myself wishing to go back. We spent the majority of our time at our “...

    Tags: Europe
  •   I am an immigrant in my own country.  Although born in the United States, I did not speak a word of English until age five.  This greatly upset my American grandmother who could not even speak to her first grandson.  My parents, however, wanted me to be truly bilingual, so they enforced a...

  • My legs were on fire, the sun was so hot my shirt was glued to my back with a layer of sweat; I had already sacrificed my body to the mosquitoes and continuously itched. Why was I subjecting myself to such conditions? My family’s annual camping trip to Twin Lakes/Mono Village, California. We had...

  • /*-->*/          Waking up in the morning and breathing fresh mountain air is often a reminder of my love for my hometown of Colorado Springs.  Almost everyday I see the sun shining down on the vastness of Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains. A prominent feature of this family-friendly city “...

    Tags: USA
  • My passion for travel is so great that I am planning to find a career that incorporates traveling as one of the job requirements. Even as a child when my parents would take my sister and I to new places to live, I would not mind it at all. My parents found it strange for me not to become...

  • In the summer of 2006, I traveled to Paris, France with my family. It was the trip that completely changed the way in which I viewed different cultures and people from other countries. Thankfully, I was able to speak a little French when I was there because I had taken one year of French class. Of...

    Tags: Europe
  • Infants to adults with no clothes on their backs and little resources of food and water. Families sleeping under boxes or very small shelters. I could count every rib in their bodies. Diseases covered them from head to toe. A little worried about getting too close. My heart cried out, “How are...

  • I am an Eagle Scout who recently went to Philmont, New Mexico.  Philmont is a Boy Scout high adventure camp that challenges the scout’s ability to survive in the wilderness.  Our group of nine boys and two advisors was challenged with a twelve day wilderness experience where we would hike every...

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