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Imagine sitting on a rooftop with nothing but the warm sun kissing your eyelids and a small breeze blowing through your hair. Seeing to the right a clear blue Mediterranean Sea and to the left seeing grassy mountaintops almost touching the sky. About two years ago my family and I took a Christmas...Tags:
Six months ago, I received a letter inviting me to the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine at UC Berkeley. I have always had an interest in science and was considering going into the medical field. My mother and grandparents drove me to UC Berkeley from Los Angeles. Before...Tags:
Growing up in a family of six kids with my mom and dad, we never had the chance to go “see the sights,” so until just recently did I think traveling was just going to be a pain, why even bother. My attitude changed in the summer 2010 when my best friend Katherine Hubbard and her family took me to...Tags:
A year ago, I went on a missions trip to Guanajuato, Mexico. At first, when the trip was announced, I didn’t really want to go. I had never been out of the country before, and for some reason, I just didn’t feel comfortable with the whole idea. Looking back, I don’t really know why I considered...Tags:
/*-->*/ After waiting and preparing anxiously for two years, 23 friends and I left the Lafayette train station to go to Philmont Scout Ranch, arriving the next day. We would be spending the next two weeks without computers, cell phones, iPods, or any other modern devices we were so used to...Tags:
The summer before my senior year of high school, my parents decided we would go vacation on Lake Superior. Not only did my brother and I agree we could not wait for the day when which we left. The old memories of the rolling green fields, the tall ancient trees, and the crystal clear water took...Tags:
During my last high school spring break, I took a trip to Spain and England to celebrate my high school graduation and eighteenth birthday. My parents, aunt, grandma, cousin, and I took a flight on Iberia Airlines to the airport in Madrid, Spain. We left LAX ( Los Angeles Airport) and...Tags:
It was, perhaps, not an ideal situation. Rain slammed the weary horde of travelers. Wind assaulted them. Time snickered in tiny ticks and whirrs. Frowns and wrinkles confirmed the obvious: it was, certainly, not an ideal situation. But amongst them was me: dripping, frozen and inexplicably happy...Tags:
California Dreaming ! That’s what I expected when I decided I would spend an entire year as an exchange student in the USA. I had prepared myself with tons of books and movies on the topic. I even saved up $1000 so the exchange organization “TravelWorks” would guarantee me a placement somewhere in...Tags:
Cold air burned my skin as I stepped out of the car. I was not used to the chill; South Texas averaged eighty-five degrees Fahrenheit annually. Obviously, the fifty-five degrees the weatherman announced bothered me. I was strangely out of my element, in more ways than one on Thanksgiving of 2009...Tags: