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Facing My Fears on a Dominican Dive

I was staying at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Resort in the Dominican Republic. Since I had learned to scuba dive only three days ago, I was nervous and excited to go on my second dive. “What if there are sharks?” I worried, “What if I run out of air?” My dad assured me that I didn’t have to go on the dive if I didn’t want to, but I knew that I had to face my fears. With that in mind,...

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Off The (Literal) Beaten Path

In 2017, my Mom planned an epic trip to Utah for us to conquer the Mighty 5! As we made the long flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Salt Lake City, she shared more details of the trip, including a tour inside perhaps the most beautiful part of Arches National Park. She neglected to share the name of the “hike” as to not alarm or scare me. I am a theater kid, and as such, I spend most of my time singing...

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Horror in Houston: When the South Turns Stormy

I was excited when my father mentioned that his cousin Dominique was getting married in Houston. This was unusual for me, because as a Northerner, I was legally and morally obligated to make fun of the South whenever it came up. I was excited for two reasons: one, we would be driving there, and I needed driving hours for my license; and two, I’d be missing school. After a few weeks of being thoroughly...

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Soaked in Sunny California

It was late January 2019 when my heart thudded in unison with my landing airplane. As we touched down, I craned my neck, trying to catch a glimpse of any view there might be outside the window. Thanks to the red-eye flight, all I saw was blinking airport lights. Not exactly sunny California, but I didn’t care. I was finally there. This was why I’d spent months working, saving, and waking up for...

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Luna Llena De Tambores

A sensation of belonging, a single note, light shines outward from the center. The stones cast about awaken, The gift of life flowing to the rhythm of the beat. The barriers break, the stones begin to move. The circle bursts forth, "con vida", as the sun shines on the earth, the music rebounds about the circle, illuminating the souls within. This June, I was given the amazing opportunity to attend...

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Visiting the Chic Chateaus in France’s Loire Valley

They say it’s every girl’s dream to visit a fairytale castle where the princess falls in love with her prince. Well, I’m here to tell you guys can enjoy castles, too. This June, I had the opportunity to visit four chateaus in France’s Loire Valley. The valley is home to over 100 chateaus that were built for strategic or personal reasons. Join me, as I tell you about my adventures with the magnificent...

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The Owl’s Fluorescent Eyes

When catching an owl, one must not forget to keep the mist net taut. With a headlamp leading me through the dark, abyssal forest, this was all that was on my mind. I squinted down at the watch on my wrist. 11:50 P.M. Still no sign of the owl. It was my last day at the two-week Earthwatch Institute Ignite research fellowship in the Southwestern Research Station of Portal, Arizona. I was one of the...

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The Falafel Sandwich

It was a sunny day in Munich, Germany. Not too hot, not too cold. After a lovely tour of the city, everyone was told to eat. The speed with which the group departed was to be expected: after fourteen hours on a plane we were desperate for food. I followed a pair of my friends through the city. Earlier, our tour guide had pointed out a small restaurant that served falafel sandwiches, which my friends...

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My China

Six years ago, I left behind the small Chinese town where I spent my summers. I remember the sticky-sweet air, the popsicles that melted onto my skin, and the exhilaration of riding those red motorbikes. I remember the buzz of early mornings, the heat of late afternoons, and the chirping cicadas of the evenings. I remember the cobblestone pathways, faded apartments, and bustling markets. I remember...

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A Summer of Scuba

Imagine that you’re in the ocean, effortlessly floating in the softly undulating waves, hearing nothing but each and every one of your own, deep breaths, loudly but with rhythm, like a metronome in a quiet room. You look straight ahead, you can only see for about a hundred feet, but you know that behind those hundred feet there are miles and miles of deep, blue sea. There’s coral to your left and...

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