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Harvard University: A Connection to Knowledge

As I entered this grand institution, her gates drew me into the secrets of knowledge she held within… The university, perhaps the greatest institution to ever exist—a standing testament to human knowledge, technology, and innovation—stood right before my eyes. As I entered the university, the emblem “VERITAS” prominently displayed itself, flanking the gates. Being a Roman mythology fanatic,...

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Escapism

0. Introduction. You have begun thinking about college. Really, you should have done it much earlier. Half your friends planned to attend Yale at the ripe age of nine, when you didn’t even know what a university is. But now you seek scholarships. Writing has never been a strong suit, but you try to make the best of what limited ability you have. In the meantime, you have traveled to Watkins Glen,...

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Turkish Muse

It is mid-June and I am sunburnt from head-to-toe by the scorching desert sun, but as I roam the crowded streets of Istanbul, the Turkish breeze revives me. As the Blue Mosque commences the call to prayer, I tightly close my eyes to soak in the holy words. A sudden rush of memories accumulate in my mind as it reminds me of my childhood summers spent across the border, in Syria: my grandma’s busy...

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The bunkhouse at Whitewater Challengers Camp
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A Night at the Shack

Last July, my Mother, Grandmother, and Aunty Tracey had excitedly made plans to sleep in a log cabin before rafting down the Lehigh River along the lofty peaks of the Poconos Mountains in Pennsylvania. For this reason, I now know better whenever I see another cliche image of log cabin. Those warm and loving illustrations of warm and loving roomy structures… what tosh! This misadventure,...

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International Mafia

We sat around a table in the lobby of the “President” hotel, 20 accented voices in chorus arguing about the proper way to play the card game “mafia”. Argentina asserted it was played with two people adopting the role of guardian. Estonia refuted this, claiming that only one person was chosen as guardian but three people got to be the “mafia”. Meanwhile, Brazil confusedly turned in her seat...

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Niagara: A Trancendental Experience

Awe. The sense of being in the presence of forces far beyond our comprehension and control. The sudden clarity of knowing that no matter how powerful we become, there are some things in this world that will forever dwarf us, that will continue existing long after our own brief lives have been exhausted. It’s a hefty dose of amazement, spiked with a good deal of fear and respect, all churned together...

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Precipice of the Unknown

Crack! The sound of thunder brought me to my senses, standing at the peak of the second highest mountain in the northeast. Cadillac Mountain was shrouded by heavy white clouds, illuminated only by the trickle of afternoon sunlight and the promise of rain. The slim outline of my father was obscured by thick fog. I stood alone. It was an afternoon in early August that brought my family hiking. Every...

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The Joys of Bar-Hopping in Valladolid, Spain

When I reflect on my adventures in Spain, and on subsequent conversations with friends who have also been fortunate enough to make the trip, I find that the first words in recounting our respective experiences are often the most telling. References to time spent on the beach, in the Prado, and in Madrid’s shopping district (which, I’m told, looks eerily like that of New York–who knew there were...

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Lost

I couldn’t see the ground in front of me, much less my two hands grasping at the path ahead. The sky was dark, filled with thin clouds blotching the moons helpful rays. As I hiked up the cliff, I stopped and groaned to myself to see another several hundred yards of a steep, uphill climb. Finally, the rocky, ankle breaking trail ended to a clearing high up atop Urraca Mesa. I sat down along the edge,...

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The Moment I Was Aware of A Cruel World

I tend to confuse myself and others. I am an extreme pessimist, I expect the worst. Yet I have an upbeat attitude, and have the willingness to hope for things. I think global warming will depleat the planet, and corrupt politicians will hurt others, but I have a hope that humans will do what they believe is the right thing to do, and people will stop ignoring the signs of a dying planet. I have...

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