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It's all about perspective – looking out from a temple across the ocean at sunset, walking crowded streets and hearing motorists whiz past, or breathing in sweet mountain air while watching the fog roll over rice paddies. When I went to Indonesia to experience my mother's heritage, I found three...Tags:
Pretty much since birth, I was destined to be an engineer. I mean with both my parents being engineers how could I not be. For several years, I kept denying my true calling but a medical class at my school helped me discover the field of biomedical engineering and prosthetic limbs. ...Tags:
Over the summer of 2010 I went on the trip of a lifetime. I spent ten very short days in Europe with people I had gone to school with; they were almost complete strangers to me. I have always been the quiet girl and have kept to myself, over those ten days everything changed. Not only did I make...Tags:
Clouds thinly veil the moon, choking out the few rays of silver light that reach out like long fingers over glistening skyscrapers and reach into the speckled heart of Los Angeles, California. In a dark desolate area called Skid Row, thousands of poverty-stricken people trudge the dark streets like...Tags:
Every two years, my school, Augustine Christian Academy, hosts a trip to Israel for the junior and senior classes. Twenty-six students and teachers participated on this excursion to the exotic Middle East, home of the Land flowing with Milk and Honey. We arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel...Tags:
In September of my junior year of high school, I took an unofficial visit to Boston University. Aside from the school’s stellar academics and repeat women’s soccer championships, its city life captured the essence of culture. My plane descended just as the sun set over the city and danced on...Tags:
When my parents first informed my brothers and me that our summer vacation was going to be spent at Sequoia National Park in southern California, I was disappointed. We were going to hop in the van for nine excruciating hours to see what? Trees, trees, and even more trees. Thankfully, I was wrong....Tags:
Imagine sitting on a rooftop with nothing but the warm sun kissing your eyelids and a small breeze blowing through your hair. Seeing to the right a clear blue Mediterranean Sea and to the left seeing grassy mountaintops almost touching the sky. About two years ago my family and I took a Christmas...Tags:
One unforgettable experience I had when taking a trip was when I went to New York in the summer of 2007 to visit family. I took a plane there alone which I had never done before. When I departed the plane, I expected to see my aunt, her husband and two kids. Instead, I’m greeted by two Loud-mouth...Tags:
How can three three-week adventures impact the way you live for the rest of your life? They shape your frame of mind, change your expectations of other people, and provide many life lessons. They create unforgettable memories, strength and stamina, and friends for years to come. These incredible...Tags: