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As each person experiences life, they go through situations that change them so thoroughly that they can never be the same. While these situations are rare, they usually make up the core of one's growth and learning. At the age of sixteen, I took a mission trip to Honduras, a country in Central...Tags:
Slapping yet another mosquito off my arms I sigh and trek through the small gap in the trees. Dr. B, our field botany professor, decided to get off the magnolia covered path and take an excursion to "I’m not sure where we are going but we need some more interesting plant life." Earlier...Tags:
It’s been seven years since I stepped on this soil, there was no feeling of a missing memory, my presence was always here. Yet, I needed to regain the knowledge of my roots. Upon arriving in Agra, I saw the green and orange flag with the print of a wheel in the middle, there was no wind, the flag...Tags:
It was the morning of October 22nd. The terminal soon filled with eager passengers awaiting their departure on the Rhapsody of the Seas. The ship began filling up with families, newlyweds, and friends. The music traversed across all of the ship bringing out the fun side in everyone. People...Tags:
“Life just got too big for me to deal with,” I told Morris, the Hotel Palmeras manager and owner. I was in tears. All the stress from school had finally caught up to me. On the international flight I had broken out in hives. Four hours of limited movement, itchy welts, and no sleep is not an...Tags:
Last November, I took a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee with my best friend Anna and her parents. This was the second time we travelled there together, and hopefully not the last. We drove by car, and it took about 7 hours to get there. Tom, Anna’s dad, drove the whole way; while Anna, Sandy (Anna’...Tags:
My eyes flutter open as the smell of papaya and salt water fill my nostrils. As my vision returns after the long night's rest, I can see the dark wooden ceiling and greenish grassed lining around my own little bure, resembling a type of “hut” that is only seen in movies of tropical islands. My legs...Tags:
The real magic happens when I close my eyes. I usually squeeze them really tight when I want to get a good feel of the ocean breeze in my face. As the sun settles in for the night, the sand beneath my feet cools and moistens. Sea Turtles wash up on shore to get a better view of the orange and red...Tags:
I am a graduating Senior, which means I had to go through a lot to decide where to go to college. Obviously I was not going to just look at pictures of universities and choose from that, so I decide to visit the University of Dayton to see if it was the right one. I decide to go after I was offered...Tags:
Two spring breaks ago I had the best vacation of my life. Aside from going on our normal vacation to Ocean City, we decided to take a cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. I was introduced to different cultures, foods, and entertainment. It was wonderful to see how my way of life differs...Tags: