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  • I believe people change and become stronger due to encounters and tough situations they have faced. When I first began my journey on the road to maturity, I thought I had faced it all. I thought that I had overcome tough situations and hardships. I had survived a serious, intense, heart-wrenching...

    Tags: Africa
  •  For the past eleven years, I have spent a part of almost every summer at Chautauqua Institution (CI) in southwestern New York State. The Institution covers 750 acres of both land and water. It is a gated community, located on the west side of Chautauqua Lake. The Institution found its start in...

  •          Just four hours north of my hometown is one square mile that could very well exist in another world.   When I arrived alongside my youth ministry in this other world, in the heart of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, I had no idea what to expect. We were scheduled to help City Impact...

  • As a little girl, my family and I used to go camping every summer. Ever since I could remember, my vacation nights were spent under the stars and around a camp fire. We would go with family friends and relatives to places like Ocean City Maryland, Lake George New York, and Lancaster Pennsylvania....

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Eight hours. Eight long, hot hours. This is how long it took my mother, me and my younger brother to drive to Lexington, Kentucky from our home in North Carolina for the oh, so exciting AAU Boys U-12 Basketball National Championship. But lucky for me, aside from Kentucky being the host to this...

  • Seattle – Washington state’s city that likes to think it is New York with less than a tenth of the population, a comparatively belated history, and the bereavement that is lacking residents walking about adorning shirts to declare their love with bold type and an adorably trite heart – became a...

  • Appalachian Trail Journal-Cannon Mountain, White Mountain NH.  My current plan is to attempt a Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail the year after I graduate college, 5 years from now. Ill be using this journal to hold information I find the training hikes I do.     I did what I would consider my...

  •   From the start of my young and tiny life, my family and I have traveled to Jalisco, Mexico every winter break to visit family. My winters have been enjoyed in the warm sunshine of my Mexican hometown for years now. This past year however, my vacation began at a gorgeous beach called Guayabitos...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • There is no greater gift on earth than hope. From the rich to the poor, all seek hope in a new day, a better tomorrow, and a bright future. It is the root of which motivation blossoms; it is the sparkling emotion which gives humanity its purpose to continue through the hardships of life. Hope...

  • This June, my family and I traveled to San Francisco, California for our yearly vacation. Our travels began at three in the morning as we raced out of the house to catch our flight. Six and a half hours later, we finally arrived in blustery, overcast San Francisco. After an exhausting and...

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