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  • In the spring of 2006, my family, some close friends and I, went on a trip to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. We ran into our share of road blocks, but we took our lemons and squeezed all the juice out of them that we could. From a long list of trips, that was the most...

  • Looking out the window of the 757, I could already see the familiar surroundings of the country I once called home. It was July of 2010, and five years since my family and I moved away from the most beautiful country in the world. From the secluded surf spots to the hot spring spa at the base...

  • “I think that was the best $15 I have ever spent!” I exclaimed, hopping off my quad and walking over to my friends who were also taking in the enchanting beauty of the Nicaraguan beach that surrounded us. We had spent the last hour riding ATVs along “Playa Montelimar”. Thirty bucks for two people...

  • Who doesn’t love our nation’s capitol? A diverse mass of cultures, the highest government in the country, and overpriced restaurants all in one place?! Sounds like heaven to me.             This past February, I took a trip with my coalition, YSAP, to the always beautiful Washington D.C. for a...

  • Since I can remember, my family has taken a yearly travel to the beach. Through the changes in my life (divorce, lost friends, and the like) the beach seemed to always be a safe-haven for me. So, the summer before my senior year, my family traveled to Corolla, North Carolina for the first time. I...

  •  Finding My Niche Finding ones niche is significant to the development of ones character, both mentally and socially. For this matter I have always found it pertinent to give back to my community. Helping others and giving back has always been instilled in me as a student at YES, but never did I...

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  • The breeze sifts through my hair like a million playful butterflies; the sky is a singular swath of blue above my head; 160 feet below is the splendor of the Hudson River. I am walking on the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Once a rusted up railroad structure that went out of service in...

  • As the Galveston beach drew nearer, I was more excited than I’d been on many birthdays.  I had lived for sixteen years without seeing the beach, but the sea was a prominent figure in many of the fantasy books I loved—an alluring, dangerous, powerful force that fascinated characters, threatened...

  • Everywhere I turned, there were flashing strobe lights, advertisements for the newest designer fashions, and women carrying Gucci bags. The only noise came from the street venders shrieking in high-pitched voices, selling their latest gizmos, even though it seemed like there were a million of us...

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  • My mother collects Christmas ornaments. She buys them everywhere we go. Every vacation, road trip, journey -- each place we visit becomes a decoration to hang proudly on our tree. The ornaments hold the memories of travels passed -- of laughter, joy, and adventure. One hangs prouder than the rest....

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