Students

  • It took 4 years of French language classes, a strongly expressed love for French, and a persistent nagging toward my parents before I convinced them to let me travel to France with my classmates in the summer of 2009. It was a voyage dubbed “Allons en France” or “Let’s go to France” by NETC, the...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • I don't look good at four in the morning. Actually, one could debate if I look good at any hour, but I will even agree that four in the morning is not the best time for me to be going anywhere. Four in the morning is a sacred time meant for one thing and one thing only, and if I am awake, then that...

  • I had a blast in Argentina meeting new people, experiencing new things, and learning about a different culture.  First, my classmates and I went to Conte Hotel and checked in. Afterwards, my friends and I encountered a problem with the check with the front desk where they charged us as a group....

  • Nelson Mandela once stated that “there is nothing like returning to a place that has remained unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” After completing a semester abroad in Italy, I’ve come to understand the full meaning of this proverb. Stepping foot inside my house was an...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • Sometimes it seems like the Beach Boys were in a state of delusion when the band wrote their well-known song, Kokomo. The song comes on the radio here in Indiana, and we all sit back to think, “I don’t see any bodies in any sand, and I surely do not have a tropical drink melting in my hand.”...

  • I am a seventeen year old girl and last year popularity got to my head. I was a “church-goer”, always have been, but I stopped caring. I was drunk, high, hung over, or all of the above, most, if not everyday of the week. My parents have never been strict, and have always trusted me greatly, so they...

  • In my junior year of high school, I started preparing for college. In 2010, during spring break, I chose to be productive and go to Washington, D.C. to visit and tour colleges instead of hanging out with my friends at home. Although my main purpose of going to Washington was to visit colleges, I...

  • I am a member of our church. We planned this trip for a year. After garage sales, baked goods sales, doing odd jobs in the community, and people donating for this trip, I was ready to go to the YWAM mission base in Heredia, Costa Rica. The list of things that was needed on this trip: sleeping...

  •      I stood amidst an ocean of black hair and matching dark blue kendo robes, and I could not help but think to myself, “They wouldn’t know diversity even if it was covered in rice and wrapped in seaweed”. There I stood in unknown territory, wearing bright colored clothes that contrasted with our...

    Tags: Asia
  • Stepping into a room filled with nakedness, I wondered to myself just what I got myself into. Japanese ladies were walking in every direction, into steams of hot baths and scorching hot spring water. Was it awkward to see them without a swimsuit on? Yes. Being a 16 year old from California, seeing...

    Tags: Asia

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