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Living in the United States of America forces us to take everything for granted. Resembling most American teens, my perspective of school was just another requirement forced upon me by society. During my sophomore summer I had to travel to my native country, Haiti, with my parents. I would have...Tags:
It’s almost like a chocolate covered pretzel. The salty ocean air combined with the sweet smell of breathtaking flora; that’s the first sign you’re approaching Laguna Beach, California. The next sign is touch. Your skin softens, and if you’re from a dry climate like I am, you can practically hear...Tags:
I spent a week in paradise. Kona, Hawaii. I met a lizard instead of a blond surfer. I spent the week making friends with a little, green invasive species. Neither one of us belong in Hawaii, but we desperately want to. Why Kona? Many ask us that question. Why not...Tags:
I peered down the airplane window watching the lights glow as I descended into the city of Tehran, Iran. After a long 14 hour flight, I was excited to be landing in the Mehrabad International Airport. As we descended, all the women on the plane rushed to the lavatories, changing...Tags:
On April 15th, 2012, I was on my way to Seoul, Korea for the 2nd Annual Far East Film and Entertainment Arts Festival. This was my second Far East event, and I was more than excited, for I had been placed in the film category this year. Other categories this year included garage band, Glee, stand...Tags:
Last summer, my family went to visit the Big Hole in the Ground, which is known in some circles as the Grand Canyon. Let it be known that my sister Colleen and my idea of a nature-filled day was one spent watching the Discovery Channel. A sweaty August day spent hiking and observing was not high on...Tags:
Mason City, Iowa is where big city fun and small town charm meet. From walking around the historic down town to eating some of the best food in the Midwest, Mason City is a destination for the whole family. The first stop to make while in town is Music Man Square. This charming museum goes back...Tags:
Groups create individuals. It is not until you realize that you are a product of your society that you see how normal you are, and it is only until then that you can start to become a truly unique individual. Just two years ago, I went on a trip to a place I’ll never forget: Japan. I experienced...Tags:
By six o'clock in the morning, I was among twenty-four drowsy choir students on our way to the lively city of Orlando, Florida. The Siegel High Chamber Choir was invited to perform at Universal Studios' park and, full of excitement at the thought of singing in Orlando, soloists were quickly chosen...Tags:
Sitting outside the dormitory and laughing with the students, I realized how much this cultural exchange will affect me in the future. Looking back now, this incredible experience has changed my perspective and over-all level of appreciation. Ever since I was chosen to travel for two weeks over...Tags: