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A Glimpse Into My Future

"What colleges are you applying to?" "Do you know what you want to major in?" "Are you going to get a dorm or live at home?" Every high school senior has heard these questions countless times. To some, it feels like they've been waiting to go to college forever.  To me, however, the college admissions process seemed to come out of nowhere. I had finally started adjusting...

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How I Traveled the World (and Time) in One Day

As I walk through this tunnel of bamboo and listen to the wind whistling through the leaves of the foliage surrounding me, the American names haphazardly etched into the bamboo stalks remind me: no, I am not in the Shunan Bamboo Sea, where the lofty bamboo towers...

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Answering a Mother’s Call

Dawn’s warm sunbeams peered through cloud cover at intervals, illuminating patches of emerald rice patties throughout the low-lying mountains of Southern India’s ghats; the faintest of breezes glided coolly across my skin, wrapping me tenderly in the silken embrace of a land that I had longed to walk upon for nearly ten years. Mother India had called me, and my every (sloshing!) footstep was an...

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Searching for Sunrises

My eyes are barely open as I unzip the tent fly and stumble outside onto the wet, morning grass. I wonder why I can’t remember hearing the sound of rain the night before, then realize that it must be dew. I yawn and groggily walk towards the oak tree so I can pee. As I follow the trail back to the tent, I catch a glimpse of orange just over the peaks in the horizon. I run back and try to wake...

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VSA (Vacation of Scholarly Acceptance)

Merriam-Webster says that a vacation is a period of time spent away from work in order to rest or travel, but my vacation was much more than that. My time spent in Nashville, Tennessee, blended together family, fear, and future into a two-week adventure. I’m from Iowa, a state that others tend to ignore, where cornfields are more common to see than houses, and where farmers are too busy...

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Beyond the Brass Handle

In first grade, my teacher asked us to bring in postcards from all the exotic places we’d been in our lives. My friends brought back little cards with photographs of beautiful beaches, tall towers, and vast canyons. I had nothing to show. Since then, I've always envisioned traveling as endless car rides to exciting destinations or planes landing on foreign soil. To be a traveler, I assumed one...

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The City Does Not Have Soul– It Reflects Your Own

Living in Midcoast Maine and competing in the USEF equestrian circuit throughout New England, I am no stranger to travel. I have experienced the beckoning of a rustic, quaint town as well as the calm of a large city where individuality is comfortably tossed aside. This being said, I have never experienced anything like New York City. Sure, in AP U.S. History, I learned all about NYC's democratic...

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Oatmeal Walls and Sticky Sunlight

My body is about to give out, completely and pathetically. My heartbeat is slamming against my temples. And my parents are not here to ask if I am okay. It is just me and my clammy sheets of skin. The sun is the only being watching over me and I’d rather it not, because I’m on the edge of unconsciousness thanks to its piercing arms of fire. I am in Hong Kong without my parents for a...

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Chamonix, France: Beyond The Mountains

All famous explorers that have gone on soul-searching travels have that one location they'll never forget. Chamonix, France was that place for me. The mystical...

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The Art of Living: An Effortless Community

I almost cried when we stepped into our room in the Ashram.HONORABLE MENTION 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPThe Spartan room held four cots, each laden with a sparse cotton towel and a pillow, a small wooden nightstand pushed against each bed frame, a safe, and a cupboard. A bathroom and a sink stood at the end of the room. A fan spun lazily in the center of the ceiling,...

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