My Journey's Joy - My Family Travels

                     Over the years, I have accumulated several memories that will never be forgotten. These memories are moments in my life that have been permanently tainted in the archives of my mind. These memories involve contentment, struggle, success, and anguish as well. I have many delightful memories, especially during family vacations. So far, I have been on vacations in Disney World twice, Hawaii, and Cancun as well. Pearl Harbor and the Pyramid of Chichen-Itza are sights that I know for a fact will never forget. I also have many other great memories of success, such as winning various trophies in Tae-kwon-do tournaments and All Star baseball games. I have also received awards in poetry competitions, an art contest, a Chicago Metro History Fair Project, and a Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. My most admired awards are my academic awards, which are ‘Achieving Excellence Award’ and ‘Phenomenal Man Award.’ However, my most recent experience that will forever remain in my memory was my mission trip to Costa Rica. This experience has had such a great impact on my life that it has made me consider choosing a career that involves the work that I performed in Costa Rica. I was able to sign up to go on a mission trip through my church. My religion is named Seventh-Day Adventists and we are actively involved in helping third world countries by building hospitals, schools, and churches in different countries. I went on the mission trip to Costa Rica with a group of about 20 teenagers with the purpose of reconstructing an old elementary school which is still in use. I will never forget the experience I had with the children in school. I had the chance to interact with them while I was working and it amazed me to see how perfectly happy the children were with the few things that they possessed.  I was also happy to know that I was working for a good cause. We stayed in Costa Rica for a total of ten days, allowing us to finish the work at the school. I can still remember the smiling faces of the children as we left their school. All the workers received a shirt that stated, “To Love is to Serve” which I find very true. I am still not sure what type of career I want, but this experience has convinced me that I want a career that allows me to serve the community. If it is possible, I would like to travel to different countries and provide aid either medically or any other way that is involved in my career. I believe that through servitude and love for others, the world can become a better place and that is what I will strive for in the remaining years of my life.


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