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Hawaii is known as the land of relaxation, leisure and a place to 'just hang loose'. When my grumpy-grey haired band director stepped onto the podium one eighth grade day, announcing the next band trip to march in the sixty-fifth anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, excitement was a small...Tags:
I have always considered myself as a silent leader. I have been going to a Christian sports camp in Branson, Missouri for the past six years. Within the camp there are three different programs. Out of about eight hundred people I was one of the few people chosen to be apart of...Tags:
Journal Entry Day 5: “As I step off the bus into an unknown desolate, I feel warm hands of strangers start to grab onto me. Even though they don’t know us, bonds were formed instantly. Kids jump with joy as if they know something good is going to happen.” Even though languages are not...Tags:
Walking down the narrow road of a small village in China, I felt the rough dirt scratch against my new sneakers. I watched as a little girl with smiles and black matted hair and ripped clothes ran along barefoot. I witnessed children in a small school house practicing their English with barely...Tags:
During Spring Break, I opened my eyes to a new world. For the first time, I saw a beggar. I saw life pass before my eyes. I saw cries for help that never ended. Most importantly, I saw something that was there all this time, but I never looked up enough to notice. In one week, I realized what I...Tags:
After ten long hours on a plane we had finally arrived. We were in the land of Israel, a place which I had heard about all my life. Last summer, my family and my cousins’ family traveled to Israel to celebrate my brother’s bar mitzvah. This was such a new experience for me, as I had never...Tags:
Gracias: the word I uttered 500 times every day. Mucho gusto: the response I heard 500 times every day. These two phrases are the closest to my heart of all the phrases in the Spanish language. They might be simple, but they have the power to change a person’s life and, in this case, the person...Tags:
This summer my family and I spent several days in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I strongly recommend going there if you are looking for a fun, exciting vacation or just some time to relax. Colorado Springs has something for everyone. One of the best features of the Springs is its weather. Coming...Tags:
I went to India over winter break this year for almost a month-- that's one twelfth of a year which is an extremely long time if you think about it! Other than it being the most relaxing vacation of my life, India did more for me than anything or anyone has ever done for me before. Most of...Tags:
There is a type of love I’ve felt before that can be best described as a bit painful. It’s a melancholy kind of love that I feel only when I have passion and devotion for the thing I love. It feels like I can never be worthy enough for this thing that I love but that I should spend my whole life...Tags: