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Teen Ink Magazine, January 2012 Edition

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College Guide

College EssaysThe Truth About Falling Water By MandaLark, Melba, ID


The Angel of Hampton High By Darkwood, Tampa, FL
Awkward Love By KayTeeWillYums, Oak Grove, MO
Streamline By AmyFanRetaken, Temple City, CA
The Lost Girl By astereris, Ross, CA
The Teacher By alli-sun, Princeton, NJ
Thursday Morning By sejalj, San Ramon, CA
Trash By Patchwork, Homer Glen, IL
Cinematic Eyes and Gasoline Lies By mickhavoc, Bridgeport, CT
Let’s … By RedheadAtHeart, Mountain Home, ID
Midnight in a Perfect World By Storiwryter, Las Vegas, NV
Oneirataxia By EstelleMarie, Edison, NJ
Playing the Part By Jonathan M., Atlanta, GA

Hot Topics

Community ServiceLight the Night By Beliza_Heart, Highlands Ranch, CO
Community ServicePass the Puck By Andrew T., West Bloomfield, MI
HealthMy Celiac Story By Emilytheelf, Harrodsburg, KY
HealthMy Vision By MemilyB, Bethel, ME
HealthNathaniel's Menu By PaRaNoRmAl627, Mountainside, NJ
Letters to the EditorPrayer Ought to Be in Schools By Jessica C., Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorPrayer Ought to Be in Schools By Lakersgirl, Phx, AZ
Letters to the EditorStanding Up to the Man By Arithmar, Thornton Colorado, CO
Letters to the EditorStill Not Colorblind By MikeJacoby, Glendale, AZ
Letters to the EditorThe Chosen People By hugomon, Thornton, CO
Letters to the EditorThe Gosling By Bernard S., Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorThe Hunger Games Review By EmoFaerie, Staten Island, NY
Pride & PrejudiceEnding an Ugly Habit By AliciaH, Bronx, NY
Pride & PrejudiceWe Are All Human Beings By MissTaylorLynn, Putnam, CT


MemoirBecause of Ornithology By emmawu, Houston, TX
MemoirMy Quiet Rebellion By IchigoSkyline, Waterford, MI
MemoirThe Wig By ksangani, Fayetteville, NY
Personal ExperienceComing Out the Other Side By Anonymous, Norwood Young America, MN
Personal ExperienceHow to Buy a Plunger By TheSecretWriter, Charlotte, NC
Personal ExperienceLong Ago By star2brite, Amherst, NH
Personal ExperienceThe Last Straw By Anonymous, Ogden, UT
Personal ExperienceThe Night Out By FinalFreak, Middlebury, CT
Personal ExperienceTonight By Hapigrl, Tunkhannock, PA
SportsThe Snow Is Perfect By Becks4, Canaan, VT
Travel & CultureA Different Souvenir By cmjcmj12, East Northport, NY
Travel & CultureBuffalo Soldiers By LissaBee, Cheektowaga, NY
Travel & CultureNew Orleans By Roryrose, Old Town, ME
Travel & CultureReturn to Kashmir By Sana J., Doha, Qatar
Travel & CultureVisitor To Russia By snaomi, Cheshire, CT


Lowering Expectations By Collinxschu, Old Saybrook, CT
This Work Is Patent Pending By she-is-forgotten, Louisville, CO
Music and Its Growing Pains By bittersweetdances, Sugar Land, TX


Book ReviewsGirl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier By a-s-z, los angeles, CA
Book ReviewsLies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen By SaddleShoeGal, Granite Canyon, WY
Book ReviewsThe Help by Kathryn Stockett By Clarcy C., Phoenix, AZ
Book ReviewsThe Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam By wordlover27, Vancouver, ZZ
Movie ReviewsContagion By Nicole.Rose, Brooklyn, NY
Movie ReviewsMean Girls 2 By natschwager, Columbus, OH
Movie ReviewsThe Town By Kareem E., Franklin Lakes, NJ
Music ReviewsEleanor Friedberger: Last Summer By gaffyninja, Doha, ZZ
Music ReviewsKid Cudi: Man on the Moon II By codyburnsphilips, Bexley, OH
Music ReviewsLinkin Park: A Thousand Suns By Anonymous, Rochester, NY
Music ReviewsMichael Franti & Spearhead: The Sound of Sunshine By Alaska49rider, Homer, AK
TV show reviewsMake It or Break It By Samantha O., Brooklyn, NY

Art / Photo

A Ring of Stones By , Milwaukee, WI
Appreciate the Seasons By Chloe_was_here, Kittredge, CO
Behind the fence. By Christchurch6.3, Christchurch, ZZ
Bittersweet Dreams By Noshabora, St. Cloud, FL
Cherry Butterflies By Noshabora, St. Cloud, FL
Coffee and Donuts By MBurgess, Needham, MA
Determined and Mad By steffdawgg, Calumet, MI
everything is spinning By AlyssaC, morrisville, PA
FEI - giftart By J00SE, powell, OH
Field of hellish mushrooms By Scarlet-l, 2011-1993, ZZ
Flying By Elyssa929, Linwood, NJ
Frustration By Moldova, Whiting, NJ
Going Away By MissKiss, Vancouver, WA
Goldfinch By Miss-Fear, Elm Creek, NE
Grandma calls her "Kitty Cat" By EmilySolis, New Braunfels, TX
happiness By SophiaSamaniego, hillingdon, ZZ
Icy Eyes By wildthang_6666, Hazen, ND
In Action By smilefever, Boulder, CO
In Hand By LaurenBelle, Sykesville, MD
Indigo's World By Zuzanna, Pheonix, AZ
Just Imagine this world of facts By Nobin, Mumbai,India, ZZ
Let It Burn By sweetsninja, Uniontown, OH
Listen By Raytheraym, Belton, MO
Little Icy Hills By grace12694, Colchester, VT
looking past By EllenaPfeffer, North Oaks, MN
motion By GabrielleRA, Cantonment, FL
My Little Wonderland By youngmoons, Panevezys, ZZ
Playing Poker with my Heart By PictureUnperfect, Winchester, MA
Purple Panda By MathyArtist, Pacific, MO
queen of hearts By serenitary, Gettysburg, PA
Rachel By ToraToriTora, Gilbert, AZ
Robot By , Wichita, KS
Serene By BreeDoehring, Melbourne, FL
Still Life 2 By matrushka, Gaithersburg, MD
Summer fun By Katherine.A, Hopkinton, NH
Sunset Owl By MathyArtist, Pacific, MO
The Raven By , Tempe, AZ
The tears deep in my soul By Rajacenna, vlaardingen, ZZ
Top of the Rockefeller By grace12694, Colchester, VT
Top of the World By Daph101, Vancouver, ZZ
Untitled By , Hurricane, UT
when it falls apart By meyrem, Bucharest, ZZ
Your Eye. By BREAprojects, LOS ANGELES, CA


A Damsel In Distress By poetfaery, Coventry, RI
Discovering Eden By spagooter, Indianapolis, IN
Laces By Anonymous, san anselmo, CA
Connection By Icekin10, Highland, UT
A Flawed Perfection By Brooke S., Saint Peters, MO
A Mouthful of Wasps By TheHangingGirl, Winterhaven, FL
A World of Innocence By Mimi15, Belfast, ME
Abandoned Treehouse By cheerleader62796, Pelion, SC
About You By MoonNymph775, oakdale, CT
Algebra Kills By Kae25, Baytown, TX
Back to 3rd Street By miazanette, Nazareth, PA
Backstage By chume, Skillman, NJ
Click By akell, Asheville, NC
Could you forgive me? By PainfullyShy, Alexandria, VA
Definition By Tarielle, Rockville, MD
Depths By h.berkman, Los Angeles, CA
Destroy, she said By thelastclarissa, Worcester, MA
Devour It By laylay, Sacramento, CA
Doctor's Office By ItsAshMal, Guilford, CT
Euphrates By OliverTwist, Alexandria, LA
Five Minutes on E. Baltimore St. By Ethan V., Winchester, VA
For Joyce By ajf18, Salem, OR
fourth of jewel lie By coquelicot, Marietta, GA
Grocery Store Fictions By mecthespeck, Nashville, TN
Habits By violincool, San Diego, CA
Harmony By Morganne E., Edgecomb, ME
Heartless Martian By CarzKemp, Lyons, NY
Heavy By Kevin C., Chalfont, PA
Hoarders By dancer5678, South Plainfield, NJ
I Am Woman By JustWrite17, Louisville, KY
I Had a Thought By Daniel R., Wyckoff, NJ
i love you more than sushi By Alexis L., Mount Upton, NY
I shall see By AyeshaMuzaffar, Lahore, ZZ
I Signed the Night Once By Jesse914, Portsmouth, RI
In the shadow of the mills By Kauser P., Halifax, Canada
It's Your Fault This Happened By 012victoriaa, New York, NY
Jazz Girl By Afanen, Santa Rosa, CA
Last Balloon By Katy K., Gilford, NH
Lester's Will By mchill, Andover, CT
Location By Shreya R., Gurgaon, India
Maple Syrup By ranjani12, Poughkeepsie, NY
Meltaway Blues By ohmakemeover, Centerville, MN
My Life in Color By bballlover, Randolph, ZZ
Night by Elie Wiesel By emilyanne, Kings Park, NY
Nighttime By Tintinnabulation, Glen Arm, MD
No Pity, Please By jadedsimiles, New York, NY
Note Taking By BeLoveToday, Manchester, NH
O (Holy) Father By HeidiSusanna, Sonoma, CA
Ode to my Converse By KatieWritingHood, Carol Stream, IL
On things that didn't happen By thinkmooinc, Palo Alto, CA
Open Doors By Amy B., Boise, ID
Opposite Reciprocals By mariaalessi, Pittsburgh, PA
Orange By futurerousseau, Vienna, VA
Pink Ladies of America’s High Schools By WhatAboutNikki, Uncasville, CT
Please Don't Go By vannatee101, Montgomery, AL
Poetry By mariahdances, Torrance, CA
Pointe Shoes By treehugger65, Richmond, VT
Put It On Paper By Parielle L., Inkster, MI
Reflections By Nofie, Jericho, NY
Refuse By filmfanatic, Arlington, MA
Release By elliotearl, Woodbridge, VA
Stolen By stormchaser13, centereach, NY
Stranger By gracegirl17, Erie, PA
Suspension By Victoria G., Arcadia, CA
Suspension: in the Relative, the Absolute By ashleyannalee, San Bernardino, California, CA
The Box By Sleepyhead, San Carlos, CA
The Death of a Teddy Bear By ponyqueen318, Haddam, CT
The End By Molly11, Boise, ID
The Theatre By custosimago, Kensington, MD
The Waltz of Words By glitter_queen, Yardley, PA
The Wind Is By thesparrowfox, Gustavus, AK
This Is for You, Rachael By my.freedom.lies.in.free.verse, Tosa, WI
Unrequited By Ashobobasho, Fairfield Bay, AR
Why We Write By E.Vogel, Califon, NJ
Wind chime By Purple_butterfly, New delhi, ZZ
without henry By summerdreamer, Chapel Hill, NC
World Without End By hannah44, Longmont, CO
Your Little Bird Heart By Anonymous, Juneau, AK
[FISHTANK] By StrangeJade, Relative Obscurity, CA
“Perchance to Dream” By Philosophication, McKinney, TX
blue midnight By XxTickleM3EmoxX, brooklyn, NY
Healthy Lies By starshollow34, rock hill, SC
Number One By Catherine R., Newcastle, ME
The Awkward By ellie315, South Pasadena, CA
The Sea By redhairCat, Pebble Beach, CA
Unappreciated By Cat39, Sunnyside, NY
Wind's Dance By Noelleiscool, Thompsonville, MI
Even Odd Smiles Are In This Season By BobbysConscience, brooklyn, NY
First Kiss By mecthespeck, Nashville, TN
Nitty Gritty By missscribbles, Paris, ZZ

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