Heritage

  • One summer vacation, my family and I spent it in, Colombia, where my parents were born and raised. I'd been once previously, but, now that I was older, I felt I could really take in the diverse beautiful culture. I was looking forward to savorous food, unique accents, and scenic views- and I...

  • The air is heavy with humidity, but we are fortunate that the rainforest canopy shields us from the scorching rays of sunlight that beam down on this hot summer day. The trees surrounding us stretch towards the sky, as if reaching for the clouds they will never touch. Some part of me wants to halt...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage
  • “So there I was, spear in hand,” I recounted to my thoroughly American friends, “The lion charged at me, jaws agape, snarling like the devil himself.” They’re all paying rapt attention to the story now, as well as the picture I had captured of this close encounter, a lion laying in the grass,...

  • Hangzhou, China is beautiful in the spring. The weather is lovely, the trees are in bloom, and if you look above the buildings, the sky is even blue. On the west lies a long, gleaming lake; on the east sit a set of low mountains. Every inch in-between is stuffed, all high rise buildings and cars...

  • "I am American. I was born in America. My skin complexion might be slightly darker but I am American no matter what.” I had these words engraved in my thoughts and no one believed them more than I did. So when mother presented my family and I with the “magical opportunity of a lifetime” that was to...

  • 400 years of my family’s heritage lies rooted south of the American border, in Guadalajara, a blossoming city located in the heart of Mexico. An economic recession drove my immediate family out of the country to Florida, with aspirations of securing a better life. I was the first individual to be...

  • Going into this trip, I was more excited to see cute red headed Irish boys than I was to see the Cliffs of Moher.  I was more excited for the puns I would put as my captions on Instagram than I was for the delicious Irish food.  What I didn’t expect was to fall completely in love with the...

  • The summer before one's senior year is arguably the most important summer in all of high school. This is when students begin to buckle down and attempt to focus on their future. I thought I'd be worrying about scholarships and getting a job and planning university tours but instead I was whisked...

  • Over the past few years, I've chastised my friend for being obsessed with Korean culture without understanding what Korean culture really is. I was angry because I thought her interaction with Korea, one many others I know share, only extended to winking k-pop stars and sickeningly cheesy Korean...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage
  • “You’re just different. You look like us, and your family is from here, but you’re so American,” Marilyn told me for the twentieth time. I understood well enough that being first generation American set me apart, but going to the most prestigious boarding school in Kampala, Uganda and trying to fit...

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