The Trip That Changed My Life

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Asia was awesome! Everything, from the food I ate to the people I met, gave me a new perspective on life. I still cannot get over the fact that I have traveled to the other side of the world. This school program gave me many memorable experiences, allowed me to learn a lot about the culture of Asia, and introduced me to friends that I'll treasure for a life time. I knew that there was a reason I got to go, and while I was there I tried to make the most of such an opportunity.

One of my most memorable experiences in Asia was my trip to the doctor. I knew that my slight fever and scratchy throat could be contributed to lack of sleep. With a twelve-hour time difference, I had the worst jet lag that was possible. Yet, the Secretariat felt that I should go to the doctor, so off I went. Once we arrived I took one look at the building and decided that I felt much better. The office was a hole in the wall that practiced family medicine and surgery. It was in stark contrast to the gigantic, pristine medical facilities I was used to. There was a very long line to see the doctor so I took a seat next to a hacking baby and an anxious young mother. What happened next was the most distressing part of my adventure. Once my chaperone announced that I was part of the school program, the doctor took me right away. As I followed the nurse back I passed by people who had been sitting there for much longer. There was a man with blood shot eyes looking after a little boy asleep on the floor. There was a pregnant woman with two other screaming children. I stared at the tiles as I walked by them and I knew that it wasn't fair.


Although my Asian viral throat infection prevented me from being Group Speaker, I learned much in writing the paper on genetic engineering. The first thing I noticed was my fellow group members' proficiency at English. I have taken four years of French in school. Yet, I am unable to write, speak or understand a word. On the other hand, the people in my group were able to express their opinions on scientific topics in a foreign tongue. Either American schools just don't place enough emphasis on learning other languages, or American children don't have the discipline to learn a second language. I refuse to believe that Americans are just stupid, but obviously something has gone wrong. While writing the paper I also enjoyed the interesting thoughts and ideas of my peers. In particular, I was fascinated with a solution to a problem caused by genetically engineered foods that was based on a concept from Jurassic Park. Such ideas have broadened my thinking and made me more aware of the problems facing...

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