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Teen Ink Magazine, September 2017 Edition

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Articles from this Issue

College Guide

College Essays(Not) Chasing Perfection By Kellsey.Lynn, Park Rapids, MN
College EssaysLeaving My Comfort Zone By XOXO_Jess, Puyallup, WA


Ashes That Fall Around Us By Nozomi, Chesapeake, VA
How Blue Is My Sapphire? By crumpled_parchment, Asansol, ZZ
Scarlet By gxqing, Cupertino, CA
Sunflower By moirasisco, Winchester, CA
Women in Carriages By C.S.Dogood, San Juan Capistrano, CA
The Apple Tree By TessW, Attica, NY
The Lemonade Stand By Alise_Wing, Kentfield, CA

Hot Topics

EnvironmentWorld Buzz By Jerahmeel, Valley Stream, NY
HealthLife Lessons from OCD By Anonymous, Herriman, UT
Letters to the EditorGrandfather By 99jeannette99, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorHeadphones In, World Out By Eswzem, New Castle, PA
Letters to the EditorThank You, Teen Ink! By TheVG, Fair Haven, VT
Letters to the EditorThe Interview By GZ123, New York, NY
Pride & PrejudiceBody Shaming: The Skinny Stance By thepinkvoice, Gaborone, NY
Pride & PrejudiceNo, You Can’t Say the N-Word By dinma, Norwalk, CA


MemoirAn Ending and a Beginning By adyer18, Battle Creek, MI
MemoirThe Blue Grotto By Jenny3579, Bloomfield hills, MI
MemoirWhen Silence Is Injustice By violins&oboes, Ann Arbor, MI
Personal ExperienceAnother World By waltzing_wishes, Belmont, MA
Personal ExperienceBuzz Off By hummingbird_7, Jupiter , FL
Personal ExperienceChariot By Anonymous, Parkland, FL
Personal ExperienceFinally a Camper By Hannah.Kendzor, Cedarburg, WI
Personal ExperienceHair By ngf16, Pewaukee, WI
Personal ExperienceLiterary Runaway By dithyramb, Branford, CT
Personal ExperienceRun Day By Palindrome, Reedley, CA
Personal ExperienceSo Weird By sean_chearavanont, KM.10.5 Bangpleeyai, Bangplee, Bangkok, ZZ
Personal ExperienceThe Change By Anonymous, ,
Personal ExperienceThe Experiment By AllisonCrossman, Land O Lakes, FL
Personal ExperienceThis Is Democracy By odessasimone, Mill Valley, CA
Personal ExperienceVerbal Harassment By ATroubledWriter, Pace, FL
Personal ExperienceWriting an Essay an Hour Before It’s Due By zoe_hana, Torrance, CA
SportsIs Marching Band a Sport? By averyjones, Surprise, AZ
Travel & CultureBeyond Taipei By lynndt, San Ramon, CA


Battle Cry of the Unjustly Accused By cleelo18, Moreno Valley, CA
September 11 for a Muslim American By live.laugh.laiba, Parkville, MD
Why “13 Reasons Why” Fails By ellis.srd, Vancouver, WA


Book ReviewsAt Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien By greentea3664, Longboat Key, FL
Book ReviewsLeague of Denial by Mark Fainru-Wada & Steve Fainru By Anonymous, Beaverton, OR
Book ReviewsMilk and Honey by Rupi Kaur By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
Book ReviewsThe Circle by Dave Eggers By Omeier, Wilmington, MA
Movie ReviewsGifted By OwenMortner, Cambridge, MA
Movie ReviewsMustang By DEBYM, Georgetown, DE
Movie ReviewsWonder Woman By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
Music ReviewsHarry Styles • Harry Styles By melsauce8, Coral Springs, FL
Music ReviewsMemories … Do Not Open • The Chainsmokers By DanLopez, Oakland, NJ
Music ReviewsOh Wonder • Oh Wonder By amandapanda13, Margate, FL
Music ReviewsRelaxer • Alt-J By Scarlo18, Amherst, NY
Video game reviewsLegend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild By KayleighPadar11, Prospect Heights, IL
Video game reviewsRainbow Six Siege By I_love_343, Gainesville , FL

Art / Photo

Blue By e.dalg, Boulder, CO
A Dark Sky By Claire_Storey, Croton-On-Hudson, NY
A Splash of Color By HannahZhang, Basking Ridge, NJ
At the End By LemonRiver, Corvallis, MT
Autumn Tree By HorseKrazy, Melrose, MT
Barefoot By Lindylu03, Anderson, SC
Becoming Human By pagesofnemo, Dallas, TX
Brothers By princessaisyatul_, Banting, ZZ
Bulb, Sandestin, 2017 By Finding_Me99, Prospect, KY
Buzzing Bee By JasmineAnn, Strathalbyn, ZZ
Candle By MikaylaVen, Orlando, FL
Construction By queenbecca, Twinsburg, OH
Cosmo By Francescap14, tower lakes, IL
Creative By gbremer, Carlton, MN
Debate Beauty By kelshea, washington, UT
Denim Jeans By stepphanieee, Lake Hiawatha, NJ
Dilapidated By biscuitlevitation, Washington, DC
Doughnut Queen By emparente, Cooper City, FL
Drawn to Scale By klynic, Burlingame, CA
Falling Colors By kind-of-an-artist, Albuquerque, NM
Flying Through Water By lillym, Lafayette, CO
For The Love of Reading By foodisfood29, Pittsburgh, PA
freckled muse By kelshea, washington, UT
Freedom? By Moo-lisa, Baltimore, MD
Girls just-a wanna have fun By CathyLang, Santa Rosa, CA
Grandpa's Lily By ForeverLY, Sugar Land, TX
Happiness By unicornbianca, Harrison, NJ
Hozier Concert By K.Marke, Nipomo, CA
I'm Back By Dnel123, Los Angeles, CA
Lady On The Lake By reach4mars, State College, PA
Living On The Streets By MaxPhotography, Madison, WI
Long board dancing By AlisonJA, Delaware, OH
Lost in the crowd By emmalizmort, Granville, OH
Making Music By Aspiring-Author-Katie, Pearl River, NY
Marching Band By reach4mars, State College, PA
Night Wonders By Ray--yo, Kathmandu, ZZ
outside our rooms By effervescence, Prescott, AZ
Overlooking Buenos Aires By ccrane, Roslyn Harbor, NY
Pointe By kaitlynmes, Weston, MA
Poor unfortunate souls By CathyLang, Santa Rosa, CA
Rain, Rain, Go Away By Kailey_H424, Portland, ME
Reach For The Sky By ThuPhan, Mountlake Terrace, WA
reading By ananda, miami shores, FL
Reincarnation By TheOceansBlackBird, Richmond, CA
Road to Responsibility By Artistflytte, North Salt Lake, UT
Save me By SmileyRiley1117, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Screech Owl By Harley_Brooker, Brownville, ME
Self Portrait By LittlePolska, Winter Garden, FL
Sindhi Village By Stockess, Murree, ZZ
Spiral By zayira, New York, NY
Street Performer By chloedumonde, San Marino, CA
Strength By lovelylianna, Orlando, FL
Sun for the Clouds By Photography4lyfe3, Prospect, NY
sunset in the High Peak,England By SirAlexSpartan, Buxton, ZZ
The Battered Woman By LeahC, Fairfax Station, VA
The Black Swan By rach16, Attleboro, MA
The Hidden Figure By kylestein, Aventura, FL
The Light Between Us By Grantkind, Souderton , PA
The Peeking Sun By 1SistersR4Ever, Cliffside Park, NJ
The Thinker of Monkey Business By chloedumonde, San Marino, CA
The Washington Monument By LeahC, Fairfax Station, VA
Those Who Venture By TheDefectiveOne, Lewisvile, TX
Track By dnegrete, tully, NY
Yin & Yang By Lady_Teribithea, LaPorte, CO


End of the Iron Race By cheshire987357, Culpeper, VA
The Law of Happiness By MikeyG, Salt Lake City, UT
301 Miles By Galexandra, Chicago, IL
A Modern Mermaid By E0982, West Des Moines, IA
A Summer Without My Best Friend By Lib44, St. Peters, MO
Acercandose to Globalism By AurumArgentum, Stratham, NH
All the Rage Back Home By CamillaRhodes, Wyckoff, NJ
Anxiety By gmuller16, Oshkosh, WI
ap english By megan_lynne, Pittsburgh, PA
Birdcage By xrrows, Schenectady, NY
Breakthrough By sydtray, Jasper, IN
Defective By TheoRide, Burnsville, MN
Disjointed Musings By RachelAG, Cherry Hill, NJ
Eye Contact By sadiegilliland, Alhambra, CA
in america today By addictwithapen, Chesapeake, VA
It's Been Awhile By Halestorm, Clintonville, NY
kerosene By bella., Jacksonville, FL
Leaves By PolinaKassir, Frederick, MD
Lies By chloepaharik, Billings, MT
Math Vomit By _theforgetfuls_, Brooklyn, New York City, NY
Milky Way By AlphaGoose, Corpus Christi, TX
Miss Possie By rjamss, San Marino, CA
nobody talks By TessM., Lake Zurich, IL
Ophelia By NateJones, Princeton, NJ
Possession By chsongbird, Arlington, MA
Ravage By gmuller16, Oshkosh, WI
Richter Scale By JunoJupiter, Conneaut Lake, PA
Sing Our Rivers Red By MarkRuff, Allen, SD
Soon, My Dear By StickManTwit, Atlantic City, NJ
Soy Milk By Lucas_m.525, Brooklyn, NY
Spork By betathunder, Lafayette Hill, PA
The Boy and the Balloon By morgan.spraker, Port Orange, FL
The Cliff Swallow By Daylightwonders, Hiram, GA
The Misleading Sunset By Daniel_May27, Buffalo, NY
The Poet By scnam, Mandeville, LA
The Social Network By fusion, Chandler, AZ
The Thing About Feathers By mem228, Attleboro, MA
The Traveler's Manifesto By Kimina_Kat, Youngstown, OH
Theater By Skiva, Pocatello, ID
These Feet Carry Us By katetrabalka, Oak Ridge, TN
Things They Say About a Writer By peachrainbows, Old Hickory, TN
Tusk Act By Colman.Shaver, New York City, NY
Who Wins in Wars? By Anonymous, Brookfield, WI
You Are By KCran, Billings, MT
Youth By Larkin, Santa Rosa, CA
[teenagers in a forest] By PisaExperiment, Palo Alto, CA
america By RileyWriting, Monticello, IL
Haiku By Veerangana, New Delhi , ZZ
Joykill By j1448, North Andover, MA
Pacman Haiku By LaurenKenobi, Hartland, WI
The Grass Is Greener By gabrielanguyen, Milpitas, CA
Towngirl By Cocobean, Brooklyn, NY
Envy By soundsfun, no, NJ
Incomplete Graffiti By legitannah, Akron, OH

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