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  • Hello, My name is Julia Saravia, I am 17 years old and currently a senior at Oakland High, class of 2013. I have been living in Oakland, Ca for my whole life. I have been victim of crime and abuse growing up in this town but my main motto in life is to “Live life to the Fullest”, no matter what...

  • This 2010 summer I went on a trip with 14 students from my school to South Africa. It was my first time being overseas and as nervous as I was, I knew I would have a fantastic time. I was anticipating great food, beautiful people, and amazing World Cup Soccer games and I got all of those and so...

    Tags: Africa
  • Saint Louis, Missouri is one of the Midwest’s hidden gems. Harboring a combined population of 2,900,605 in her city and the Metropolitan areas, Saint Louis is home to some of the Midwest’s greatest cultural and historical sites, as well as housing a wonderful number of fun places to visit and...

    Tags: USA
  • Every year, my mom and I take a trip- just the two of us.  For almost 12 years now, I've suffered from OCD, anxiety, and dermatillomania (skin picking).  Trichotillomania Learning Center is the only charity in the world for disorders such as skin picking, hair pulling, and nail biting.  San...

  •        Over the past few years, my family has been affected by the recession in nearly every aspect of our daily lives. As a result, we were desperate for a relaxing vacation that would fit into a budget. This led us to choose a road trip vacation from California to the serene and peaceful...

  • My family took an incredible trip to Berlin, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague over just 11 days in Spring 2011. Much can be said about a trip to the former Eastern bloc: eye-opening, at times dark and dreary, and “significant.”  First stop: Berlin, the heart of strife between East and West...

    Tags: Europe
  •        My first international trip was with my family to Northern Ireland. We drove to different regions of the country, including Killarney, Dublin, and Kilkenny. Embarking on visits to such historical sites as the Cliffs of Moor, Bunratty Castle, The Blarney Stone, and the ancient Bee Huts taught...

    Tags: Europe
  • A pair of giant dark eyes, like pools of chocolate, looked me in the face.  Not a sound broke the silence except for the clunking of bells. I stood with my hands on my hips, gazing back into the dark eyes.  “Moo!” the sound emitted from the giant beast in front of me and I burst into laughter. The...

    Tags: Europe
  • My family first got interested in staying a week on the island of St. Thomas when we took a Royal Caribbean Cruise. We all fell in love with the island so two years later we decided to spend a week there since our RCI timeshare points were about to expire. Everything was falling into place. We got...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •      Sugar Land, Texas is known as the "Land of Sugar" and “The Land of the Beautiful” whiles being renowned for its outstanding beauty. Unlike other cities, Sugar Land is clean, pristine and extremely beautiful. Unlike other cities all across the world, Sugar Land is one of the cleanest cities...

    Tags: Texas, USA

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