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When you think of the Bahamas I bet you think of palm trees and beaches, a tropical paradise, but that’s not exactly the case. In January of 2009 my family and I boarded The Disney Wonder cruise ship expecting nothing but pure entertainment from what promised to be an exciting vacation. The cruise...Tags:
"Rivers and Roads" plays out loud on a big yellow school bus. I woke up that morning on a gym floor with 26 other teens from all over Kentucky. Now we are headed to Arc of Alabama to garden and clean and help out in anyway we can, but yesterday we worked at Books for Africa, Atlanta, and tomorrow…...Tags:
My family has always been the kind to go on the boring, educational type of vacations. When my friends would come home from Puerto Rico and the Bahamas with cornrows in their hair, I would be jealous because all I got out of my trips were museum brochures and achy feet. As I grew older though, I...Tags:
Sarasota, Florida- the home of the Ringling Museum of Art, extensive shopping, breathtaking bay, and the nation’s number one beach. I’m very proud to be able to call this town home, and fortunate that I live minutes away from the soft, white sand and gentle, turquoise waves of Siesta Key Beach...Tags:
The world reopens. Kekik and Cumin spices rekindle their piquant friendship as their aroma fills the air. Pashminas hanging in the dimly lit store fronts regain their color. Vendors sing out like the birds overhead as they resume shouting to every potential customer passing by. HONORABLE MENTION...Tags:
July 8th, 9th, and 10th of 2011. I will never forget that weekend. I was changed mentally and spiritually, just in 3 days. My Mother, my Grandmother, my best friend, my sister, my neighbor and I left little Rhode Island at 3:30 in the morning and traveled 14 hours cross the country all...Tags:
As I took my first few steps back on American territory, my eyes filled with tears of joy and my nose filled with the familiar smell of the freshly mopped airport floor. Within those few seconds, I had been overwhelmed by the immediate feeling of comfort that took over my body. This wave of...Tags:
Up until I was ten years old, my father had been my hero. Despite my father working long and tiresome hours, he never neglected my sister and me. Every Saturday morning at Wilson Park, in the quiet streets of Torrance, California there would be a farmers’ market. My father would always take us...Tags:
It was going to be the first time I saw the Pacific Ocean. As I sat in the small Costa Rican food store, I could barely taste the food I was eating; too much had happened in the last few days. My friend Serena and I had traveled all the way from Manhattan, Kansas with our Spanish class to...Tags:
My name is Montéz Jennings and I am affiliated with Planned Parenthood of Maryland. I have been affiliated with Planned Parenthood for three years and I am what is called a Peer Educator. As a Peer Educator, it is my service to educate young adults about the dangers of risky behaviors. I educate...Tags: