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  • Stevens Institute of Technology, a name that once caused my heart to beat furiously as soon as it was spoken. However, the name itself was not what frightened me, it was the idea that I would have to live and interact with seventy one complete strangers for the next twelve days.  You see, I was...

  •   I see the patched landscape below, hues of vibrant greens and golden yellows of the French countryside, as the jet begins the descent toward Charles de Gaulle International. There are quaint red-roofed houses dotting the landscape near the occasional groves of trees. A picturesque stream of...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
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  •  During spring vacation of my junior year of high school, I was fortunate enough to go to Mali to build a school in a village called Biko.  I did this through a program I had been a part of at school called buildOn, which is a non-profit organization that does community service, global education,...

    Tags: Africa
  •           Spring break of 2008 I was lucky enough to go on my first missionary trip with my church. It was so much more than I expected it to be, and was just a great overall experience. I got to meet plenty of new people both old and young and of different cultures. I wouldn't trade it for...

  • For most of my time in high school I have been a quiet student with many friendly relationships but never any close friends from school. I also was never away from my parents for more than a few days at a time; I would have never guessed that one trip to Europe could change that...

  • Last November, I left behind the Georgia peaches and headed to the Big Apple for the first time. Although I had recently moved and transferred high schools, my previous band director was gracious enough to let me tag along with the Bainbridge High School Marching Band on their expedition to...

  • From the moment I saw her in my mother’s arms, emerging from the airplane in a Seattle T-shirt and red silk shoes, I was not the same. There was a grief in her eyes that I had never known, a fragility to her twelve-pound body as I dragged my fingers across her skin. I imagined her parents, tiny...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Manizales, Colombia. We are known for our breathtaking sunsets and our friendly people. Growing up in Colombia I grew up very close to my cousins. We were practically siblings and we did everything together. When I was 9 years old I came to the...

  • During our trip to Nags Head, North Carolina, I learned a very important thing: never stay with relatives. The trip took seven hours from where we live in Clover, South Carolina, to the outer banks of North Carolina, where Nags Head is located. Not only did we almost get killed by a maniac while...

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