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  • Upon choosing a college for Fall 2009 to apply to, I knew that I wanted to get into an art school.  I have a love for theater and a passion for the stage.  I applied to Columbia College Chicago, and was accepted.  Before coming here for Orientation on June 30, I had never been to Chicago, IL.  I...

  • In the beginning, I felt quite apprehensive about my family's holiday. Put another way, I was certain that I would absolutely hate hiking up and down big heaps of rock for a whole week. Yep -- this year, we were headed for a backpacking "vacation" in Yoho National Park, part of the Rocky Mountains...

  • Airplane food. Though often the butt of many an unfortunate joke, this scoffed-at cuisine stands alone in my mind, not because of its flavor or its lack thereof, but because of its sentimental value. That chewy, cardboardesque croissant, those ice-cold dinner rolls, the oh-so-yummy mystery meat—...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • Mist shrouded our 4x4 Jeep as we crawled up Route 606 to Monteverde, Costa Rica. The rocks on the unpaved road had been jostling us back and forth inside of our car for close to three hours. Very slowly, we had been climbing away from Arenal and into the clouds.HONORABLE MENTION 2014 FTF TEEN...

  • As the bus was moving, I felt a slight pang of homesickness, but it passed quickly. How could I be homesick? The trip I was going on, most people only dreamed of. We had just arrived in Frankfurt, Germany and were headed towards the hotel we were staying for a few days. The flight was a horrifying...

    Tags: Europe
  • The feeling of having an orca whale's dorsal fin skim my arm sent a shock through my body and a shiver down my spine. Its fin then disappeared and it swam under our inflatable, rubber boat and re-appeared on the other side. This is an experience that you can only have in the Galapagos Islands and I...

  • Crashing waves, hovering seagulls stalking on tourists' bags of chips, the roar of the Boardwalk Bullet, and beetle boats that crawl swiftly through the active ocean: these are the ingredients of a perfect vacation. I've been to Kemah ten or so times, but if it were up to me, it'd be infinite...

    Tags: Texas, USA
  • 'Hey, how was your trip to Ghana!?' I get this a lot, and I never really know how to respond. People who ask are waiting to hear about the oppressive heat, the wild animals, and the scarcity of food. In contrast, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think 'Africa' is how frustrating...

    Tags: Africa
  • Grandpa tossed two helmets under the passenger seat and revved the engine.  “I’m not wearing one.” He shoved his hand into the Skittles bag.  “Me neither,” I tested. His glacier gaze cracked; an impish grin exposed a gold molar. 2nd PLACE 2014 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPI never knew the...

  •   Hello, my name is Daja Martin and I have recently traveled to Cozumel, Mexico. The journey to our destination was amazing. My family and I took a cruise ship leaving from Tampa, Florida. Docking the ship was a new thing for me being that I’ve never been on a cruise ship before. There was...

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