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Teen Ink Magazine, December 2011 Edition

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Articles from this Issue

College Guide

College ReviewsGeorgetown University By Grant S., Wyckoff, NJ
College ReviewsUniversity of Colorado at Boulder By Evan R., Franklin Lakes, NJ


Blue and Red Can't Make Purple By aschneider, ny, NY
Flinging the Feelings By LazyApples, Wauconda, IL
Just Another Piece of Junk By lemontreeleaves, port dover, ZZ
Sometimes Life is Tart By Adria.A, Newmarket, ZZ
The Youth By Kirby.Wright, Denton, TX

Hot Topics

BullyingThe Snowman By TocaPetrof, Milton, MA
Community ServiceGood Karma By Anabelle K., Franklin Lakes, NJ
Community ServiceStories of Our Lives By girlreporter, Exeter, NH
EnvironmentThe Gosling By Violasaur, Hyde Park, NY
HealthThe Ugly Side of Nature By waxingpoetic, Potomac, MD
HealthWorld AIDS Day Brings Hope By McKenna D., Oakland, CA
Letters to the EditorAn Epidemic of Stupidity By EmoFaerie, Staten Island, NY
Letters to the EditorAn Epidemic of Stupidity By JazmintheG, Thornton, CO
Letters to the EditorApartment 12B By Jessica C., Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorAvenged Sevenfold By Saul S., thornton, CO
Letters to the EditorBad Is the New Black By Kirsten S., Vineyard Haven,, MA
Letters to the EditorFive By Claire M., Monticello, IL
Letters to the EditorHow I Became a Runner By TheSag3, Monticello, IL
Letters to the EditorMy Own Tiger Mother By CalvinWu, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorNo Longer Normal By Garnet77, Sinagpore, ZZ
Pride & PrejudiceStanding Up to the Man By Emma M., Brooklyn, NY


HeroesAlison Eeds: Art History • Vacaville High School By Lena21, Vacaville, CA
HeroesJanet Dean: Librarian • Conrad Schools of Science By Amaris W., Wilmington, DE
HeroesLindsay Poremba: Sister and Teacher By Samantha P., Wyckoff, NJ
HeroesMarc Haas: Orchestra Director • Cass Technical High School By SarynJumail, Bloomington, IL
MemoirBeautiful By Keilah, Eureka, MO
MemoirSerendipitous Karma By acarrigan22, Lansdale, PA
Personal ExperienceA Song of Silence By Kfuzesi13, Someplace, NJ
Personal ExperienceFlight 375 By froyo8, Pittsburgh, PA
Personal ExperienceMath and Words By Jigjoo, Many, LA
Personal ExperienceMiro and My Brother By Tibbs, Rochester, NY
Personal ExperiencePrice Tags By Lucy(:, Cambridge, MA
Personal ExperienceShe's Beauty By musicgirl757, Cincinnati, OH
Personal ExperienceThe Chosen People By Marklevin8, Los Altos, CA
SportsMetamorphosis By AwayweGlow, Apple River, IL
Travel & CultureA New England Snow Day By Emily H., chester, CT
Travel & CultureCrossing Paths By mallorylott, New Orleans, LA


Electoral College: Flunking Out By the_sky_is_blue, Reno, NV
You Are Lucky By thecolorjess, Morgan Hill, CA
Missing the Health Care Bus By beccabooker, Santa Rosa, CA
God and Santa Claus By Anonymous, Roberts Creek, ZZ


Book ReviewsGoing Bovine by Libba Bray By ninjadragon56, Denver, CO
Book ReviewsMessage in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks By Hailey K., Dexter, MI
Book ReviewsMiral by Rula Jebreal By booksmaya, San Leandro, CA
Book ReviewsSuicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford By wispsofsmoke, Parkersburg, WV
Book ReviewsThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins By LunaLover14, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL
Movie ReviewsHow to Train Your Dragon By Maddy S., Cannon Falls, MN
Movie ReviewsLarry Crowne By rots28, East Hampton, CT
Movie ReviewsSubmarine By IsavedLatin, Wimborne, ZZ
Movie ReviewsThe Dark Knight By Anthony S., Franklin Lakes, NJ
Music ReviewsChely Wright: Lifted Off the Ground By Firionel, Greensboro, GA
Music ReviewsJohn Legend and the Roots: Wake Up! By Jahmir, Wilmington, DE
Music ReviewsKamelot: The Black Halo By Adam S., Bexley, OH
Music ReviewsRegina Spektor: Begin to Hope By ThatBlondGuy, Mableton, GA
Video game reviewsDeus Ex: Human ­Revolution By Max K., Brooklyn, NY
Video game reviewsFable III By Liam D., Milford, MA
Video game reviewsMLB 11: The Show By Hunter B., Cannon Falls, MN
Video game reviewsPortal 2 By Daniel R., Wyckoff, NJ
Video game reviewsSid Meier’s Civilization V By Riley M., Hemet, CA
Video game reviewsSuperman 64 By Kaitou_Kid, Yorkton, ZZ
Video game reviewsThe Simpsons: Hit and Run By Kelly M., Ashburn, VA
Video game reviewsTrickster Online By Justin F., Brooklyn, NY

Art / Photo

"I am the vine, you are the branches..." John 15:5 By AaronJKelley, Caledonia, MS
A summer By ReemChamseddine, Beirut, ZZ
Alyssa in the light By KaileeAnne, American Fork, UT
Balloon Girl By AshtonR26, Vincennes, IN
Beach By LindseyNFellows, Webster, MA
Beaded Silk and Lifeless Dreams By , the woodlands, TX
Childhood By , Medford, OR
Coldest Winter By omgwtfree, Staten Island, NY
Colliseum By , Woodland Hills, CA
Difficulties By , Burien, WA
Discovery By thesparrowfox, Gustavus, AK
Drifting Towards Heaven By Hope_Princess, Hebron, NH
Ever Changing By Amko9413, Stuart, FL
Funky Town By Alexander_Lee, Winfield, AL
Garden of Buildings. By Sunflower, Holliston, MA
Griffin By TabbiJane, Rockwood, MI
How High? By MikaelaJanai27, Icard, NC
I'll run straight forward. And I won't stop. By Days_and_Days, Sterling, VA
Into the light By deadroots, Beverly Hills, CA
Jo, Jinnie, and JingJing By zbean, middleton, WI
Last Stop. By SemperAttero, South Ogden, UT
Laynuh at the park By EmilySolis, New Braunfels, TX
Lincoln By quaroonz, Newton, MA
Love Is Eternal By youngmoons, Panevezys, ZZ
men in debate By hani_JMK, Mount Clemens, MI
Noseblock By Remote_control, Pewaukee, WI
Perfect Snowy Christmas By , Carlsbad, CA
Redneck Rockstars By wildthang_6666, Hazen, ND
Rising to the Surface... By KatieCurran, Pocasset, MA
Sisters By Lifeislove, Arlington, VA
Snow Man By , Woodinville, WA
String Theory By , Plano, TX
The Clouds Above By WithPenAndScript, Venetia, PA
The Green House By , Waynesboro, VA
Wasserfall By Apelseed, Milton, KY
What Does The Future Hold? By dani_peace, Henrietta, NY
White Christmas By Br11anna, Winston Salem, NC


Between my sides By Ethan V., Winchester, VA
Car-poo-zee By megancalfas, Rolling Hills, CA
Change By SonOfTheReaper, New London, CT
Gaian Kisses By haquearsh, Elizabethtown, KY
Our Rhythm Tonight By Speegle11, juneau, AK
Possibilities By jaykay318, Bridgeton, MO
Si J'etais By KatWoods, Kansas City, MO
Soaring By MollyWanda, Oshkosh, WI
The click By Conor P., kalamazoo, MI
The River By missscribbles, Paris, ZZ
A Prisoner in a World of Hate By WrittenInTime, Vandalia, MO
You Were Made By theUnknownandtheAnonymous, Stockton, CA
A Hidden World By rachx123, Moorestown, NJ
A Lovely Sight By FBmny, Boca Raton, FL
A Necklace By HannahRose22, Mount Shasta, CA
A new beginning By Jasmine1782, Ida Grove, IA
A Pink Palace By Kneubeiser4, Chapin, SC
Abuela By 95tomatoes, La Jolla, CA
As You Were By bahannahpeel, bloomington, IL
Asclepias By Twistedtree, Kadena, ZZ
Autumn By ellie315, South Pasadena, CA
Beats Beats Beats By Mariah R., St. Peters, MO
Blank Pages By Allycebeth, Las Vegas, NV
BraceFace By Alma.Rechnitzer, Cincinnati, OH
Calamity Jane By traciec, export, PA
Cheesecake By Juliana C., E. Bridgewater, MA
childhood memory By a_stewart, rochester, MI
December By thesilverwolfe, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
defending the coast By Jordyn H., Clarkston, MI
Don't Cut The Cord By dani_peace, Henrietta, NY
Dreamer By OceanFey, North Potomac, MD
Fear By M_IML, Ganei Tikva, ZZ
Forgotten Dreams By hcohen925, Doylestown, PA
From Behind the Bedroom Door By ashleyannalee, San Bernardino, California, CA
Genius By PukaMarseillaise, Boise, ID
Ghostly Melodies By antiquity, White Oak, TX
Glacier By crazyisperfect., Arcata, CA
Hand Me Downs By lilmartz, Perrysburg, OH
Honestly By MaskedCellist, Saratoga, CA
I Hate Poetry By Akirey, Chicago, IL
I want to jump out of the sky. By Dewwagner, Oshkosh, WI
Ionia Bound By eala-dubh, Pinckney, MI
Leaf and Tree By LeggyLover, Wellington, FL
Let Me Go Home By Lauren R., Hoover, AL
Life as a Tall Girl By skywriter13, Washington, DC
Losing Wonderland By AntagonisticFairytale, Trenton, GA
Lumberjack By Kory K., Clarkston, MI
Marriage, Annulment, Divorce By jas713, Parlin, NJ
Mathematica By Markus, Boulder, CO
Memory of the Jazz Age By gonzaleztd, Clearwater, FL
My dive By brokenpencil, Worcester, MA
My Home By Brianna11396, ny, NY
my mamma told me By PerfectMGymnast, Parker, CO
My Parents By Anita, Santa Cruz, CA
My Pen, My Friend By CowBell, Missouri City, TX
Neglected By ElizabethW., Oconto, WI
No Need To Say "I Told You So" By Kylie M., Peters Township, PA
No! Okay? By Colleen, Sedro-Woolley, WA
Nostalgia By PhilosCaelum, Lake Stevens, WA
Our Finest Cenotaphs By Keerthi G., Las Vegas, NV
Playground Mentality By glohnn959, Southport, CT
Pomegranate By claudiathewho, West Tisbury, MA
Prepping for Surgery By VWordsmith, Toronto, ZZ
Rabbit Pop Culture By juliegove, Chicago, IL
Reach Me By RosemarieCraig, Gloucestershire, ZZ
running By whomuse, North Mankato, MN
San Francisco By cthomas, Nashville, TN
Seasons Running By Annette11, Pittsburgh, PA
Seize the day By Destinee, Oakville, ZZ
Shower By Fiorina94, Clarkston, MI
Sleeping Among Giants By ThreeLittleBirds, Oak Park, CA
Sleepwalking Regrets By fakename7978, San Marcos, CA
Smile By Aren L., Livingston, NJ
Soliloquy of the Masked By SitsUnderWaterfalls, Kent, OH
Statistics By nickykens, Draper, UT
Success By LessonOfTheMoth, Denver, CO
SunnySideDown By Anonymous, Louisa, KY
The Amazing Shrinking Town By Bat-Mobile, Sacramento, CA
The Beacon of Life By rahrahryn, Exeter, ZZ
The Different Colors of the Sky By Faith B., Howell, NJ
The Meaning of Christmas By sarahconway, Hillsboro, KY
The Remainder By Rachel R., Wellington, FL
The Roach By astrostar2, Congers, NY
The Sound of Sadness By JoePolsky, ny, NY
Too Old By TheArchitect, Madison, WI
Universal By CaptainFabulous, Gray Summit, MO
Wanda By ylime13, Norwalk, OH
Winter Birds By Alison D., Schnecksville, PA
With Every Atom of My Being By Michal_Z, New City, NY
Haiku 3 By Catherine R., Newcastle, ME
Railroad Tracks By phlogiston, Hermitage, TN
Woes of a Wardrobe By MinkMonsterAlpha, Boynton Beach, FL
Crick-eats! By xmoonlightx123, Barnegat, NJ

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