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Teen Ink Magazine, February 2016 Edition

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College Guide

College ReviewsRollins College By Matt S., Slingerlands, NY
College ReviewsUniversity of Michigan By akrav13, Parkland, FL
College ReviewsUniversity of Vermont By stenova, Trumbull, CT


Tempestes By weissnichtwer, Camarillo, CA
Farewell By mvyas99, Tipp City, OH
I and Love and You By BlueBlueBlue, Montpellier, AL
I Love You, Elian Belt By gemma_ryu, Denver, CO
In Which the Coffee Runs Dry By cuckoo_for_cocoa_puffs, Superior, CO
Your Hoodie By SaraCattt, Grapeview, WA
Siren Song By SkippyPeanutbutter, Den Haag, ZZ

Hot Topics

EnvironmentI Believe in Rain By abbeyspivey, Everett, WA
EnvironmentSoul Stains By jalps98, Narragansett, RI
EnvironmentWatermelon Mountain By LizzieH, Sewickley, PA
Letters to the EditorAnimal Testing is Unnecessary By @Dannie_Vega, phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorBut You Don’t Look Sick By Anonymous, Defiance, OH
Letters to the EditorGuilt (two years later) By OliviaFirman, Defiance, OH
Letters to the EditorHelp for Homelessness By tazmanya17, Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorIf They Gunned Me Down By Lhodgman, New York City, NY
Letters to the EditorThank you, Teen Ink By writer-violist, Jenks, OK
Letters to the EditorThe Silence of the City By Anonymous, New York City, NY
Pride & PrejudiceIdiotic Questions By Anonymous, Highlands Ranch, CO
Pride & PrejudiceMy Simmering Identity By Anonymous, Rochester, NY


Educator of the YearNina Ollikainen, Art • Menlo School By timosmith, Los Altos, CA
Educator of the YearRon Reichle, History • Arrowhead Union High School By AprilW, Hartland, WI
MemoirKiss The Girl By Anonymous, Covington, LA
MemoirLove Letters I’ll Never Send By misanthrope, San Mateo, CA
MemoirMy Medicated Self By noelle.henein, Germantown, MD
MemoirSeven Seasons of Us By lilycalla16, Lisle, IL
MemoirThe Monster By Anonymous, Pittsburgh, PA
MemoirThe Night Sky By Linsanity, Thornton, CO
Personal ExperienceA Desperate Guy’s Guide to Promposal By Joe_Rodri, Raleigh, NC
Personal ExperienceAll of Your Little Things By Calliee, Orangevale, CA
Personal ExperienceCavities By snailkisses, Malden, MA
Personal ExperienceChocolate By theblondechick, kingsport, TN
Personal ExperienceComing Home to the Hospital By cpease, Denver, CO
Personal ExperienceForgetting My Name By caiagab, bayport, NY
Personal ExperienceHome Alone By RonnieM, wyckoff, NJ
Personal ExperienceHow to Love By VintageRoses, Houston, TX
Personal ExperienceI Believe in Science By Swatbot1007, Oakland, CA
Personal ExperienceI Hate Truth or Dare By Balletn, Santa Rosa, CA
Personal ExperienceInstinct By 16smash, Enterprise, UT
Personal Experienceof nicotine By atheri-san, Parsippany, NJ
Personal ExperienceOver a Text By Emma.H.96, Kalamazoo, MI
Personal ExperiencePlaying God By SomeCallMeGod, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Personal ExperienceRest in Peace By J-punzle27, Scottsburg, IN
Personal ExperienceTeacup By vamika_s, Gaborone, ZZ
Personal ExperienceWith Love By Anonymous, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Personal Experience“Suck It In” By exotus, Aspen, CO
SportsBurning Rubber By RoadRacer, Rustico, ME
Travel & CultureEastern-ish Kentucky By hailienicole, mt. sterling, KY
Travel & CultureFrench Faux Pas By jvicky, Culver, IN
Travel & CultureHow Chinese Am I? By IBroger, Austin, TX
Travel & CultureWanderlust By cfrudolph17, Clarkston, MI


You Can Solve Global Problems By Kristine.Kwon, Shoreline, WA
But...Bacon! By Amickey25, Scottsdale, AZ
“Popular” Is Not a Swear Word By rachelzerdin, London, ZZ


Book ReviewsEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell By kot390087146, Charleston, WV
Book ReviewsThe Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri By starlightstarbright, Hoffman Estates, IL
Book ReviewsThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne By Sapphire9, Santa Rosa, CA
Book ReviewsThe Selection Series by Kiera Cass By Lanimal, Thornton, CO
Movie ReviewsBegin Again By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
Movie ReviewsBuzzard By jibberish45, Wilmington, DE
Movie ReviewsStar Wars: The Force Awakens By No_Strings5115, Owings Mills, MD
Music ReviewsHandwritten by Shawn Mendes By bribanful, Brooklyn, NY
Music ReviewsHozier by Hozier By JennaD, Fairbanks, AK
Music ReviewsThank Your Lucky Stars by Beach House By vamika_s, Gaborone, ZZ
Video game reviewsAgar.io By Lmaokai, New York, NY
Video game reviewsProject Diva 2 By A.Marcus, Landing, NJ
Video game reviewsSilent Hill HD Collection By OutrageousTomb1, Florissant, MO

Art / Photo

STOP By AmazinGracey, Wilmington, DE
"Falling off a cliff...but first, let me take a selfie!" By sam244, Knob Noster, MO
A Boy By Pandafish, Rockville, MD
A Life Lived Apart By TheGhostWriter, Denton, NC
A Secure Garden By mbrawner413, Ledyard, CT
An afternoon in white By EsperanzaGonzalez, santa rosa, CA
Broken Love By aubrymelia, Citrus Heights, CA
Choose Your Way By Anastasia_tishena, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Chopsticks vs. Forks By , Pittsburgh, PA
Delicacies at the Distillery By madwar, Aurora, ZZ
Explore By Kacee730, Brookesmith, TX
Faded Dreams By fajralam, Gujranwala, ZZ
flower kiss By Gabrielleamar, New York, NY
Fragile friends. By megara, Jupiter, FL
Getting the shot By taliaberns, Aptos, CA
Good Evening Hong Kong By grace.l, San Jose, CA
Heaven Sent By Savannah.W, Joliet, MT
Introverted By tsummers16, Washington, DC
Keep Looking Up By LilRansom, orange, CA
Light Trail Photograph By Avanthikar, Alpharetta, GA
Lost It All By Shalyce, Columbia Falls, MT
Marriage Equality By LaurynK, Orlando, FL
Memories By JessyBarr, Portland, OR
On the Road By isabel14, Laguna Beach, CA
Paint with All the Colors of the Sea By , La Vista, NE
Passageway By torenfronsdal, Redwood City, CA
Puppy Love By OliviaR760, Oceanside, CA
Reach across distant waters By kimAV, GILBERT, AZ
Red Umbrella By elliphant, Merritt Island, FL
Scottie and Dakota 2 By KaylaKewlKat93, Burlington, NC
Self Portrait By Samarza, chapel hill, NC
Selfie/Self Portrait By KrisKat, Ridgewood, NJ
She's the Girl By CallMeAria, Vancouver, ZZ
Summer Nights By Qtyler, Rochester, NY
Surprise By Kuniko, 0000, AL
Teton sunset By Shelbyar, Idaho Falls, ID
The cities within By SprayKid, Saint Simons Island, GA
the dusk By Nicoooooole, Beverly Hills, CA
The Lighthouse By Darke_Moone, Melrose, MA
The ponderer By VictoriaML, Totowa, NJ
Under the Sea By shinelikastar, Ann Arbor, MI
Underwater Adventure By demuthe, Charleston, SC
Waves By PurpleElephant, Mill Valley, CA
Wildest Dreams By Soft_tides, Delta, British Columbia, ZZ
Wind and Water By Jordanann1020, Portsmouth, RI


Evergreens By galenoey, Canton, NY
Make Yourself Happy By maggierourke, Flushing, MI
Marionette By Gabriel99, Mt.sterling, KY
the girl with kaleidoscope eyes By AmarisKade, Rye, NH
To Love and Adore By Femila, St. Peters, MO
Unjaded By Softpurplepillow, Lynn, MA
Youth By PersonOfInterest, Shrewsbury, ZZ
Confession By Lucy-Agnes, Clarksville, OH
Daydreaming By MegoMyEggo, Solomons, MD
A Sudden Signal By njames192001, Exeter, NH
All I Know By mermaids.dream.too, Jacksonville, FL
Alligator Tree By futurista12, Far Rockaway, NY
Best Friends By abi_gail, Cooperstown NY, NY
Black and Blue By OutOfTheNight, Duxbury, MA
body thoughts: reprise By migwam, Tumwater, WA
Breathing Under Water By Merveille, Fulham, ZZ
Broken Truth By Dianaglebova, Maple Grove, MN
can i have this dance? By unicornic, Hong Kong, ZZ
Caution to Readers By ManOfManyMiles, Prosser, WA
Clarity By Salem_fyre, Ellensburg, WA
Colin By megthepoet, winnipeg, ZZ
Cubed By Hanban12, Lake Worth, FL
Dance Is In My Blood By acarviou, Oshkosh, WI
defiance By Lillixia, JENSEN BEACH, FL
Extinction By oceansofapathy, Milpitas, CA
Honeysuckle Ukulele By johngotchi, south riding, VA
I Fell in Love By Lauran, South Brunswick, NJ
I Found Love By KawaiiCooper, Winter Garden, FL
I Know You By Tee25, Littleton, CO
Influence By Gegee23, Littleton, CO
Irony of Freedom By DixonL, Akron, OH
Isolation By 2MooreM, PLAQUEMINE, LA
King - I By MadelineMainn, New Castle, IN
Lives Unconquered By BayBurnham, Pittsford, NY
Looking Back By VM709, ormond beach, FL
Lost and Found By kayken34, Williamstown, NJ
Midnight Ink By IsaacB, Oshkosh, WI
Nature By kendra.stipes, bridgeton, NJ
Not All Wishes Fall From Stars By Tinaterrazas, Chantilly, VA
Not One Wrinkle By ShelbyGrey, Ashland, KY
Oceans By katrina.xxi, Orlando, FL
Ode of Humanity By L.J.Barnes., Powhatan, VA
Old Women Dancing By ElyseA, Halloween Town, LA
One Week Down By KateK7, Severna Park, MD
Overwhelming By cemeterybats, Parker, CO
pastel please By Cassidy_Suzanne, Sewickley, PA
Personal Dragons By booklion17, Wind Lake, WI
Road to Valhalla By elsiechaan, Vancouver, ZZ
Secret By pbcbugg99, Oshkosh, WI
Seven Years By Savannainthesky, West Suffield, CT
She, Scarlet Letter By the-unrehearsed, Calgary, ZZ
Sip Out of Sunday By SofiaMiller, Wauwatosa, WI
Skip a Beat; Dance With Me By Bridgeport, Columbus, OH
Sticks and Stones By MousyLittleEmma, Oshkosh, WI
The Aging Photo By Hazell, Arvada, CO
The Fundamental Forces of Gravity By LeighMT, Calgary, ZZ
The Game of Life By dmacdonald19, Exeter, NH
The iron gate By NathanielT.Hart, Flushing, MI
The Pasta Man By millyr88, San Jacinto, CA
The things of life By Inventor2111, royal oak, MI
The Wheel By SamihShafique, Gilford, NH
Underneath It All By ParkerTeliszewski, Barnegat, NJ
What I Call Love By LucyGreen, Littleton, CO
What Was I Thinking? By hannahsebring, Littleton, CO
Where Will My Ashes Lie? By SilverInk, Bangalore, ZZ
Young Love By emachuca, Hoffman Estates, IL
new haiku: ii By migwam, Tumwater, WA
Thick Skulls By TheDolphin, Iloilo, ZZ
Rust and Stardust By mwilliams, Nashville, TN
Sonnet 2 By DarknessFalls, Los Angeles, CA

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