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  • As an end of the year stress reliever my AP U.S. History class decided to take a trip to Washington D.C. I was extremely excited, but I had a sense of wariness as well since I had never flown on a plane before or ever been to Washington D.C. (unlike most of my classmates). However, I wanted to...

  • The senior project is a period before graduation that is allotted to the seniors of Columbus Academy to design a project, complete it, and reflect on it. Sitting in the chemistry room, we listened to a teacher drone on about the importance of taking advantage of it, and how our project, in that...

  •   “Can you speak Turkish?” This is the typical question I am asked when someone finds out I am Turkish. The positive response I give always shocks the person asking and prompts them to beg me to say a few words. To be able to speak two languages fluently is some of the most valuable knowledge I...

    Tags: Europe
  • A couple years ago, my father asked my mother if he could take me to Mexico to see my grandmother, whom I last saw when I was two years old.  During the minute it took her to make up her mind, I sent her every type of ‘negative’ subliminal message imaginable.  I was not successful and the next week...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Three years ago, I spent a good portion of my summer in a small fishing town named San Juan Del Sur on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. My family's involvement in Nicaragua started many years ago when my father and his friend dropped themselves in the Honduran wilderness and made their way down the...

  • Last July, the summer of 2009, my family took advantage of four free airline tickets and planned an impromptu vacation to the Pacific Northwest. We went gallivanting off to the Redwood Forests, to view the Twilight Saga mania in Forks, Washington, to take a helicopter tour of Mount St. Helens, and...

  • The date is January 10, 2009. I am in CiudadChihuahua, Mexico.  I stayed with a family that I barely knew for three days, but by the end of those days I was a part of the family. They took care of me and I took care of them. This one night I changed from a girl to a woman.  The night was mild and...

  • The calendar date is July 17th, 2005, but for all I see around me it may be over nineteen hundred years earlier. That's because Pompeii is a city lost to time, oblivious to or defiant of the continuous clockwork of the world around it.  Millions of modern-day tourists explore the wonders of Pompeii...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • “Mom, I feel so bad for you.” “Why?” “You must have been so bored during your childhood years with no internet or cable.” Sigh. This was a conversation between my mom and me over dinner six months ago. Six months ago, I had just heard about the Congressional Award and decided to apply for the award...

  • Kerala, also know as " God`s Own Country", is one of the many states located in the cultured country of India. Though not the biggest amongst population, Kerala, my motherland, is considered one of the most cultured cities in India. Tradition, food, lifestyle, and many other keen characteristics...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring, India

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