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From the time that I was able to hold a pencil in my hand, I have been drawing. Art has been a part of me my entire life, even through there were times when I wasn’t sure if it would just be a hobby. When I decided that I was going to pursue it as a career, I started to look at colleges where I...Tags:
"The big fish come in and swallow up the little fish." That is what Captain Crosby said to my family and me as we sailed out to Stingray City in Grand Cayman.SEMI-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPGrand Cayman is full of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. From the Seven...Tags:
The morning seemed both cool and calm as my brother, Brandon, and our friends, Ricky and Robby, walked over to the Twin Lakes to take a gander across the water. The Twin Lakes lay near a small campground called Mono Village, which happened to be where we were staying, and the lake’s water came from...Tags:
For almost two years my family waited on a judge's decision on whether or not my parents would be adopting my now almost four-year-old, second cousin, Abrianna. In February of this year it was officially decided that we would go to South Dakota and pick her up. I had mixed feelings about the trip...Tags:
The sound of screaming fans was the only thing that could be heard as my mother and I looked on, confused as to why there were thousands of boisterous Madrilenos crowded outside Bernabeu Stadium. “Maybe there’s a game?” she asked me with a questioning look. “Mom”, I answered...Tags:
The Philippines – it is my hometown, my birthplace, my childhood. And yet, before the Spring of 2009, I only remembered bits and pieces of it. After eight years of living in California, my mom and I decided it was finally time to take a visit to the place we were born in. During that 15-hour...Tags:
Although my story is not considerably phenomenal, it is unique. Because unlike most, I will not tell you a memory of greatness, but rather one of realization. When asked about your greatest journey most would relate to their trip to Europe, South America, Asia or anywhere that brings fond memories...Tags:
After a seven hour plane ride over the Pacific Ocean, my mom and I were starved. We spoke to a few Hawaiian locals, and concluded that Aloha Mixed Plate was an affordable restaurant to sample authentic Hawaiian cuisine. We both decided to try the Kalua Pork dish. The pork is wrapped in seaweed,...Tags:
In the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe with People to People Student Ambassadors, a study abroad program created by President Eisenhower. With a group of 36 high school students and 4 teachers from Georgia, I travelled to seven countries—Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the...Tags:
I recently participated on a Royal Caribbean cruise and boy, it was quite a ride! I went with my younger brother and my father to Nassau, Bahamas and Cocoa Kay, Bahamas. Cruises mean a great deal to me due to the fact that I rarely go on cruises, so it was definitely a treat. Also, I...Tags: