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2nd Place 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Ohm mani padme hom. Ohm mani padme hom. Ohm mani padme hom. Mantras sold on Kathmandu street corners. For 100 rupees, you can find enlightenment. Incense in my eyes and the fish stand smells rotten. Beautiful white temple, pristine in the rubble...Tags:
This summer 2011, I was privileged enough to travel to Costa Rica and volunteer at a turtle station. Poachers are a major issue in Costa Rica because they steal turtle eggs right off the beaches to sell. It's 5 o'clock and our group is standing on the sandy beaches of Costa Rica. The weather...Tags:
Antawan Brown “Yes we can”. I am guessing you know who this person of great change is. This year I got a experience of a life time that changed me forever as a person of the United States. I go to a school which ironically is called The Facing History School. We are all about change with not...Tags:
To a thirteen-year-old girl in the twenty-first century United States, the concept of beauty is something that she has likely been bombarded with for over half of her life. I was certainly one of those thirteen-year-old girls. I was a girl who thought the epitome of beauty was in ads for...Tags:
The rocks shift beneath my feet as I draw a long breath and slip the heavy pack from my shoulders. Pulling the water bottle from the side pocket, I choose a nearby log as the first of many resting places on the long hike. The sun streams into the clearing, making the leaves dance as the wind...Tags:
Community Service Essay “Uh-huh wear them jeans, girl!” These words spoken from a true New Orleans native who is just as much a part of the nightlife as the many lights that surround him. Standing in the heart of the French Quarter, I could hardly believe that I was there. Only 48...Tags:
During summer, after completing my freshman year in 2010, my mother’s boss invited her and me to enjoy a week off in Costa Rica. My mother is from El Salvador, which we noticed that the climate and appearance was very similar to Costa Rica’s. We took two planes to get to Costa Rica. One plane...Tags:
My story begins, not with my blood family, but with my youth group family. We were all huddled together, conversing at two in the morning while waiting to begin our trek to the airport, three hours from our cozy little town in Monticello. The time between then and the plane ride to Tampa seemed...Tags:
First time out of the country and I was petrified. My parents weren't accompanying me, I had no idea how to fill out the customs form (what is a customs form anyway??), I was bound to forget to take my malaria pills, and a third-world country seemed all too daunting for a little 17 year old girl...Tags:
Summer was fast approaching, and I was still pondering which summer program to do. I had become excited about the possibilities of marine biology as a future career, yet learning to scuba had been a dream of mine for several years. And then there was also the reality that, were I lucky enough to be...Tags: