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Family Ties From the time when I was born my father has lived in Florida, which is a thousand miles away from me in Pennsylvania. I never really got to know him due to the distance between us. We talked on the phone from time to time and I visited him once every few years. During my...Tags:
Applying the preceding December, I was selected to attend the 2009 US Naval Academy Summer Seminar in Annapolis (http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/nass.htm). It was an amazing week! I met over 2,250 students from around the world. We stayed at Bancroft Hall, the largest dormitory in the world and the...Tags:
I could start this essay the ol' fashioned way. You know "the days were hot, the nights were cold," yada, yada, yada. The days were hot and the nights were hot but not as hot. What would you expect? It's India, my friend. IT'S ALWAYS HOT. But you don't want to know about the temperature, you want...Tags:
For two years, my classmates and I raised money for a Mission's Trip to Peru. We were going to serve at an orphanage in Ayacucho, but since this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, we also decided to spend a week as tourists in Lima and Paracas. Last summer, in 2013, when the time finally came to...Tags:
Nestled in the quiet suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona is the unexpected gem of the city of Surprise. This small town is my home, a place with a culture and people I have come to greatly love. Surprise is near to my heart in numerous ways, and I know that any traveler will agree after their visit....Tags:
There is so much to say about my adventure. I have to start somewhere. My dad had this 'idea' that we should take a family trip to Oaxaca. I had to wake up and go to LAX airport, which, by the way is insane even at 2:30 a.m. I slept the whole flight. We land and a guy that I do not even know comes...Tags:
One of the world’s most famous unsolved mysteries is simply a bunch of big rocks. Yet I was lucky enough to see it: Stonehenge. While on a tour of seven countries with sights such as the Eiffel Tower, gondolas in Venice, and Big Ben, I was hardly concerned with a pile of stones. Salisbury, England...Tags:
When you think of any national park, you probably think about a place with bright green foliage and craggy waterfalls scattered over a few acres of land. In Joshua Tree National Park however, that expectation could not be further from the truth. The whole space seems to rumble with a slow rhythm...Tags:
A few years ago, my family and I drove to Canyon Lake, Texas to visit my cousins for the Fourth of July. At the time, I was an impressionable preteen who was drawn to the intoxicating magnitude of being in an isolated forested area for a few days. I have been on many trips that involved the...Tags:
Growing up in a bilingual household is confusing for a child in America. Indian and American cultures have plenty of differences and it is hard to find the harmony between the two, especially in instances regarding religion. The confusion escalated because I went to a Christian private school for...Tags: