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Teen Ink Magazine, November 2009 Edition

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College Guide

College Articles2400 in Life By Emily C., san francisco, CA
College ArticlesHow to Find a College By Kaitlin S., Freeland, MI
College ArticlesLiving the Dream By Mayra D., Barrington, IL
College ArticlesPursue Your Passions By Abbie M., Brea, CA
College ArticlesTest Day Trials
College ArticlesThe SAT
College EssaysIn Search of Everything By Kelsey O., Bayonne, NJ
College EssaysInternational Thanksgiving By Oriah A., Los Angeles, CA
College EssaysNo Turning Back By Amy C., Batesville, AR
College EssaysThe Cruelty of Umbrellas By Molly P., New York City, NY
College EssaysThe Domino Effect By Kurtis H., Hull, MA


Myths of Sisterhood By Chloe B., Warren, OH
New Shoes By Christina D., Plattsmouth, NE
Sunset Running
The Bus Ride Home By Andrea J., Atlanta, GA
The Knights of Old By Shirl Y., Hsinchu, Taiwan
Shadow By Shelby H., Acworth, GA

Hot Topics

EnvironmentMeat: An Environment Killer By Vidushi S., Secaucus, NJ
Letters to the EditorFeedback for "Bathroom Politics"
Letters to the EditorFeedback for "Bicycle Commuting" By Joey T., Monticello, IL
Letters to the EditorFeedback for "Lighten Up!" By Katie C., Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorFeedback for "My Towers Crumbled Too" By Sam B., Oak Bluffs, MA
Letters to the EditorFeedback for "Orange Bracelet" By Erin A., Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorFeedback for "Poetry Is Never Easy" By Sam P., Oak Bluffs, MA
Letters to the EditorFeedback for "Sweet Dreams" By Claudia Y., Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorThanks, Teen Ink


HeroesArmed Forces - Coast Guard By Brandon B., Oakland, NJ
HeroesFather, War Correspondent - Douglas V.
HeroesThe Storm
HeroesWWII Veteran, Grandfather - Alexander M., Jr. By Tyler M., Gibsonia, PA
MemoirShe Has Cancer By Jane D., Palatine, IL
MemoirThe Day I Returned By Emily B., Lake Forest, IL
MemoirWhy Baba Hates Chicken By Jenny L., Saint Louis, MO
Personal ExperienceAnother Good-Bye
Personal ExperienceAnxiety Antidote
Personal ExperienceQuite a Mouthful By Melanie T., Attleboro, MA
Personal ExperienceThe Earring By Devika G., buffalo grove, IL
SportsDeep Blue Sea By Joshua W., Vero Beach, FL
SportsMixed Match By Denzel S., Omaha, NE
Travel & CultureMy Street By Emily Z., Sao Paulo, Brazil
Travel & CulturePostcards from Amsterdam By Grace F., Woonsocket, RI
Travel & CultureThe Foreigner By Genna N., Guilford, VT


Testing, Testing By Sri P., sewickely, PA
The Homework Revolution


Book ReviewsLove Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Book ReviewsReading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi By Ellie D., Chevy Chase, MD
Book ReviewsThe Color of Water by James McBride By Collins K., Boise, ID
Book ReviewsThe Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Book ReviewsThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Movie ReviewsEnchanted
Movie ReviewsLord of the Flies By Jake G., Broomfield, CO
Movie ReviewsMonsters vs. Aliens By Ryan M., Voorhees, NJ
Movie ReviewsRequiem for a Dream
Music ReviewsBeirut - March of the Zapotec and Realpeople Holland By Kamila G., Prospect Heights, IL
Music ReviewsBon Iver - "For Emma, Forever Ago" By Megan D., Green Bay, WI
Music ReviewsDemi Lovato - "Here We Go Again"
Music ReviewsEminem - "Relapse"
Music ReviewsRage Against the Machine - "The Battle of Los Angeles"
TV show reviewsSouth Park By Charlotte G., Heath, TX

Art / Photo

an outlook on art
Carpe Diem By Katya K., Westfield, IN
Color My World By Emily R., Burbank, CA
Deep End
Does This Goat Look Funny To You?
Flying High
Go Veg
Jacket On Door
Kung Fu
Little Kitten By Kseniya O., Conesville, NY
Military Salute By Sophie M., Wolforth, TX
Morning Joy
no way to say goodbye
Pacific Waterfall
Rainbow Canyon
Somewhere out there By Marie M., Angers, France
Splash of Color
Summer Downpour
The Time Warp By Ryan K., Aledo, TX
To the End of the Horizon
Train Track
Vanessa By Carlie C., Portland, OR


60 seconds
A Coward's Death
A Little Glass Bowl By Susannah B., Greenwich, CT
A Sleep Filled With Dreams By Jamie C., Seattle, WA
A Song For Nelly
A Sunlit Morning By Derek T., Houston, TX
Addiction Calls By Sarah P., Brunswick, OH
African Orphanage
After the Rain
Age six
Aspire By Leah A., Peru, IN
Atomic Apocalypse
Banal By Slade G., Satellite Beach, FL
Behind Sealed Doors By Savanah H., Marblehead, MA
Beneath By Victoria G., Whispering Pines, NC
Blink By Malia W., Portland, OR
Can you see the dots?
Chemical Timing By Kay M., Bolton, MA
Come to Think of it By Jordan A., Santa Monica, CA
Daddy’s Magic Act
Death by Words
Death in Suburbia
Doodlebug By Julia R., Omaha, NE
Dust By Mario P., Park Ridge, IL
fail By Stephanie G., Peoria, AZ
Four Million ­Raindrops
Fourteen Years By Alexis R., Clarkdale, AZ
His Presence Lingers
home for flowers By Rachel G., Austin, TX
humanity, it tastes like By Anonymous, Canton, MI
I am From By Brittany B., Holmen, WI
I can’t tell you much
I'm Afraid of New York By Alexandra B., Oak Ridge, TN
I'm Not Afraid
It's Time to Write
Leaves By Torsten O., Warrington, PA
Little Scarlet Star
Lobster & Butter
Long-Lost Stranger
May 22, 2009 (a)
me & the universe By Jeni D., Wyckoff, NJ
Mother Father Coins By Ty K., Seattle, CA
my heart
My Heart, Sir
My Native Tongue
Ode to the Letter L By Hannah E., Attleboro, MA
Out By Charles K., fullerton, CA
Peace By Anonymous, Edison, NJ
Purple Crayon's Lament By Elizabeth W., Kennett Square, PA
Red By Grace F., Solon, OH
Remember This By Marty K., Chicago, IL
Requiem By Kristy C., Boyds, MD
Ripple Effect By Danielle C., Durham, CT
Shells and Shadows
Slowly, but Surely By Destiny W., Saint Peters, MO
Solitude By Chris F., Saint Peters, MO
Stained Glass
Stains By Andrea L., Warsaw, IN
Storm By Lee A., Rocheport, MO
The Act of ­Displacement
The Average Summer Day By Skyler F., West Jordan, UT
The Backwards Man
The Boot Print in the Sidewalk By Natasha N., Auburn, AL
The Fog
The Forbidden By Anne S., Yarmouth, ME
The Moments We Felt Alive By Catherine O., Woburn, MA
The Not So Pretty Girl
The Tyrant
Tree House
Valentine's Day By Jaqlyn F., Woodstock, VA
What's the Point?
When the Train Left Grimsby for Good
Where I'm From By Emily M., Hartland, WI
you By Rachel B., Silt, CO
Your Entirety Is Crumbling
What We Believe By Alayna M., Ware, MA
Beneath the Current
Disturbia By Diana D., The Woodlands, TX
Love’s Mutation By Molly C., St. Charles, IL

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