The Valpo Core Reader


Amy Ruhter

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Comparison and Contrast Essay

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Visions of death and destruction are often associated with Vietnam. I suppose that is why my parents were somewhat wary when I chose to go to Vietnam for eight days on a school trip my senior year in high school. Vietnam has always been considered a war-torn nation struggling to keep its economic head above water. I know I thought so. That is why I chose to go there. I wanted to see what the war was all about, and I thought I could understand it from the land it was fought on. Vietnam was nothing like I expected it to be. It was the most incredible place I have ever been.