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I had often heard friends of mine compare family reunions to the fifth circle of Dante's Inferno. It should come as no surprise then that I was not exactly relishing the idea of my first extended family gathering. I knew that this particular gathering was for my grandfather. A veteran of the Second...Tags:
It was raining when Allison and I arrived in MartÃnez CuÃ©, a rural community of 500 people. Paraguay’s lush green landscape with violet mountains and distinctive red dirt was completely deluged in rain, making it almost impossible for the battered bus to move. We were volunteers with Amigos de...Tags:
Graduating from high school is a big thing. But what's even better is the senior trip that accompanies it. For my senior trip, me and my best friend since elementary school, Cassandra Dellate, went to the happiest place on earth, Disney World. We were so excited we didn't waste any time getting...Tags:
I was being forced to stay at my aunt’s house in Utah for a month during the summer of ’11. It was supposed to be a life changing experience; it was, but for all the wrong reasons. It was intended to help me replace my obnoxious attitude for a kinder one. Everything was going great and I was...Tags:
As I was waiting for the plane to take off I kept thinking to myself about what it was going to be like in Italy, till I got there. During my trip in Italy, I learned a lot about the country's culture and history. The country compared to America is so different and it is surprising how a couple of...Tags:
Have you ever needed breathing room in your life? Have you ever wondered if you could get off the rat-race merry-go-round even for one day and take a deep breath and just relax? Then Waldport, Oregon is the place for you to go. Waldport has the most wonderful, uncrowded beach to walk for miles...Tags:
In April of 2010, my guidance counselor told me that I was nominated to be a delegate from Hamilton High School to Alabama Boys State. I was so excited. It was a great honor for myself and my three fellow delegates from Hamilton to be able to attend this very distinguished experience. It was...Tags:
Two years of high school French did nothing to prepare me for my first taste of South America. Summer had barely started when, after a few days of hectic packing, I was meeting up with five hundred other teenagers from around the world, finally embarking on the missions trip we’d spent months...Tags:
Generally speaking, American tourism takes place near the coasts. Whether its the eastern seaboard or the palms of California (which happens to be my hometown), the beach and its surrounding areas always provides for countless travel opportunities. Until my eighth grade year, all of my vacations...Tags:
This summer, I had the best experience of my life. I got the opportunity to go to Europe for 18 days, with the People to People Student Ambassador group. It cost $7,000 dollars just for me to go, but my whole family spent almost a year raising money for me to go. Two weeks before the deadline came...Tags: