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Have you ever stood utterly amazed by a breathtaking landscape or been absolutely inspired by a work of art? If you haven’t, close your eyes and envision yourself standing before Stonehenge, one of the world’s famed architectural mysteries. Or perhaps, you can imagine standing opposite the Mona...Tags:
This summer I went to PoreÄ, a little town located on the west coast of Istria Peninsula in Croatia. PoreÄ is almost 2,000 years old and it has a population of approximately 17,000. It is a place perfect for tourists and for people who just want to relax but also be able to see and do a variety...Tags:
Many people say life is about opportunities. I believe however, that it is what you get out of those opportunities that matters the most. This summer I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston. By taking advantage of this nomination,...Tags:
I breathe in deeply. Hold this air in my lungs until I have to exhale. The fresh scent of ocean, smoke, and wind remains. This is Doolin, Ireland, located directly next to the Cliffs of Moher and an hour or so drive from Shannon International Airport. My dad has rented a car, and I swear my mom is...Tags:
Sometimes, when coming from a family that's had to work hard for everything they have, people become bitter and doubtful about life. Luckily, this hasn't happened to me just yet. My name is Jenece Reyes and I am currently a senior in high school. I come from a fairly large (and confusing) family....Tags:
Walking through the sand, barefooted, with the sand grains beneath my toes I followed the anxious group of teenagers. My family and I had taken a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas and to the Disney private Island. My sister and I were part of the Teenage Outdoors Group while on Disney’s Island. My...Tags:
Outside of the train station, forehead dripping sweat, I felt a severe appreciation for the inventor of deodorant. I had spent my entire life in the United States and my familiar Michigan summers seemed like winter compared to scorching August in Japan. It was the summer of 2006, and I was visiting...Tags:
I’ve always wanted to see the world. Countless times, after a long beach run, I would gaze out at the Pacific Ocean. With my back turned to my town, and the salty winds rushing past my face, I would feel myself soaring over the cerulean water, beyond those distant rays of sunlight too powerful...Tags:
From the time I was a young girl, I was captured by the tragedy of the Holocaust. I devoured books on it, and especially loved "Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank. Frank's optimism and humor entranced me, leaving me shattered when I learned her tragic fate. So, when my mother announced that we...Tags:
It was a blistering hot July in the southern New Mexican desert town of Las Cruces, with the oppressive heat making the enjoyment of summer seemingly impossible. Four teenage boys and two middle-age dads, all already perspiring, assembled in the gravel parking lot in an attempt to escape the...Tags: