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Empty Stands at the Softball Field
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The sounds of bats cracking and overbearing parents screaming surrounded me on my walk to the quads. A cumbersome pink bag weighing me down because of my fragile size was the first indication that I was new to this sport. It only got worse as I... (more »)
My Perfect Place
A poorly painted, black stage has fostered my growth, not only as a performer, but also as a person. On that stage, I know where every small crack or ridge is, I know the best way to pirouette on the rough surface and I know that dancing too... (more »)
The Proof is in the Pudding
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Should everyone go to college? This question seems to have even more of an impact as I myself make the decision as to whether college is the correct choice. From the time we enter kindergarten, parents drill into our heads that college is the... (more »)
The Choir Room This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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This room is filled with old, uncomfortable plastic chairs. The linoleum floor is so faded and scratched that I'm not sure which marks are part of the pattern and which are from the bottom of someone's shoe. The whiteboard has the previous... (more »)
Plan A This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The only concrete plan I ever had for my future fell through when I was sixteen. It was the fall of my junior year, and I realized, as I stood in an empty dorm room, that my biggest dream had been lost. When I was eleven, I decided that I... (more »)
The Tale of the Peculiar Girl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, there lived a peculiar girl. She had cropped hair flecked with damp Pacific sand and deep knowing eyes the color of a red cedar in the rain. Every day the girl awoke in her bedroom built of music and... (more »)
The Cube This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I had spent the past four hours sitting on the green leather couch in my living room. The screen of my laptop had me mesmerized. Nothing else in the world seemed to matter. Although my eyes felt heavy and sweat was beginning to form on my... (more »)
Abu’s Legacy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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It was a very warm night, and my father, as usual, was listening to the Bengali news before going to bed. At midnight, he came into my bedroom to check on me. I was studying for an eighth-grade U.S. history exam. We chatted a little, and then I... (more »)
Life from Above This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The first tree I ever climbed was a lamppost on Henry Street. I was small and the few trees that lined those Brooklyn streets were too wide for me to wrap my arms around. I shimmied up to the top and held myself there, arms shaking and mouth... (more »)
Fate’s Script This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease my freshman year wasn't easy. It was, however, a catalyst for lifelong compassion, a newfound forum for personal philosophy, an ideal foundation for tackling obstacles, and the ultimate lesson in... (more »)
The Tradition of Writing This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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It was not until I went to Bogotá, Colombia, that I realized I came from a family of writers. My grandfather had written many articles about the tense political situation in Colombia, and was currently working on a memoir. Before him came his... (more »)
Happiest in the Clouds This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Flying anxiety? That is a term I will never be able to comprehend. I've never been nervous on a plane. In fact, my experiences in the air have been spectacular. The moment I step on board, I give up control to the pilots; I let go.... (more »)
To Fall and Rise Again This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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We can plan all we want, but ultimately, it is in taking steps, shaky as they may be, that we find our intended life paths. When we misstep, we can choose either to sit down and wallow, or to pick ourselves up and continue more steadily and with... (more »)
Jatheism This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , Dallas, TX
Standing on the bimah, the altar in front of the sanctuary, looking at the massive crowd, I felt so alone. In the minutes before my bat mitzvah began, I knew I was supposed to bask in the moment and relish the end of my Jewish childhood. Instead I... (more »)
Thirty Seconds of Silence This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Nothing. Staring into the eyes of my scene partner, I frantically beat against the black curtain that had suddenly closed over my brain. “But the possibility for a cure was left open!” my partner repeats, wide-eyed and panicked.... (more »)
Once a Victim, Always a Victim
By , granbury, TX
My heart raced, bounding so hard it felt as if it was going to explode! My stomach was tied in a knot... Everything I wasn't being magnified and pushed out, it was as if that wasn't who I was. I had no one I, might have we'll be... (more »)
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