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  •     Many people say life is about opportunities. I believe however, that it is what you get out of those opportunities that matters the most. This summer I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston. By taking advantage of this nomination,...

  •   When I travel to India with my family about every two years or so, I usually settle for seeing the same sights, tasting the same food, and going shopping for more of what I already have. My family and I would always travel to Kerala, a South Indian state along the Malabar Coast, where we would...

    Tags: Asia
  • On June 30, 2011, at 3:00 P.M., at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, I boarded the China Airlines airplane alone. I was ready to embark on an adventure to Taiwan, ready to teach English as volunteer teacher as part of the AID Summer teaching program.  I landed in Taipei, Taiwan to see my...

  • There was a subtle change in the soothing, warm air.  I could tell I was no longer standing in the vast prairies of Kansas.  The sound of traffic filled the atmosphere with a continuous, frantic buzz.  Men and women of all ages, wearing repugnant clothing, were flailing their arms at yellow...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Going about your everyday routine can even be cyclical and sometimes when you want to step back you can’t afford to go on a vacation that will just tire you out. Luckily, I’m proud to say I live where you vacation. Down here in Miami, Florida tourists come from all over the world just to get a...

    Tags: USA
  • A beautiful day just outside of Ivanovo, Russia was coming to an end. “Look at the shepherd with his herd, son” my mother said to me. “thats cool” I responded. Meanwhile, my mind was in survival mode. I was ready to begin the fight for my life. Deeper and deeper we went racing into the back...

  • I think I’ll never be able to forget my trip to New York city. I’ve been trying to for the past three years with no luck, but the trip had its pleasurable advantages. I remember first arriving there at the airport, and soon getting in a cab to find 11nthstreet. Oh, that was a nightmare. We went...

  • Across the intersection and through the gates, my family and I arrived in Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Gazing at the sky, inhaling the fresh air, and then viewing the various wildlife surrounding, this area of Hampton, VA seemed so unfamiliar to me. I was unaware of this place within this...

  • This summer's end, I was invited to join into the life and glamour of two most fabulous cities of the west coast - Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. When I first heard of the two cities, two words came to my mind - luxury and excitement. I was excited to join the millions of people in...

  • For a week in September 2011, I, with a small group from my high school’s band, went to Shanghai, China. The food, the smells, the class of people on the street and how they interact, were all different than here in the U.S. I saw a few things that I wished were more common in the U.S. but I am...

    Tags: Asia, China

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