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  • 'Pura Vida' 'Pura Vida'. Roughly translated, Pure Life. A phrase that to us means so little, yet to Costa Ricans has an abundance of meanings.   This summer I was privileged to receive an invitation that would allow me to strengthen my faith in God and permit me to spread His word. When I first...

  • Spring 2006 I had a very official looking letter arrive at my house with my name printed on it. I opened it and it offered me the wonders of Europe. I had been selected to represent America by traveling to Europe for twenty days because I was recommended or because of my outstanding academic...

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  • Katharine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics, “O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountains majesties About the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!” to describe the United States of...

  • I was born in America, raised in America, and still live in America. I turn on the shower and hot water comes out because that’s normal. I eat cereal for breakfast because that’s what everyone else does. Garbage pickup is Friday because my neighborhood doesn’t allow trash to pile up. I’ve heard...

  • I woke up to a hint of sunlight, feeling strange that I was not in my own bed. Then it came to me: I was in Madrid, Spain, 3,000 miles and an ocean away from the United States. I weaved my way through my three roommates and stepped out onto the hotel balcony. The numerous cars, blaring horns,...

  • My sophomore year of high school I went to Donner Pass in California with a group called The Woods Project. I had to apply to go , I was really anxious and scared that I wasn’t going to get. When I got my acceptance letter I was excited. I was also nervous because I had never been away from home...

  • With today’s efficiency in transportation, one could easily hop on a comfortable 737 in Dallas, take a long nap for approximately three and a half hours, and wake up in sunny San Diego; arriving with the most hectic of his or her time being spent in the process of going through security. But no...

  • In the final weeks before our senior year, my friends (Jon, Phil, Denton, CJ, and Jeffery) and I decided we needed to celebrate the close of summer with a bang. We ended up commemorating it with something more like an atomic explosion at Northern Michigan’s premiere paintball facility, Area 51 (www...

  •   I do not travel often. My dad doesn’t know what “vacation” means. So when the opportunity to go on a trip to our nation’s capitol came in the mail, I was ecstatic. I was a little nervous about being away from home without knowing anyone, but I knew that I had earned my spot in the National Youth...

  • I was a month from turning 18 when I stuffed myself, my iPod, my book, and my suitcase in the backseat of my parents' car for a weeklong visit to my aunt and uncle in Rifle, Colorado.  This was no "two hour tour", as my mother insists that driving is cheaper than flying, and that one can only...

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