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Lilac Pajamas and Lady Gaga Adherents: My... This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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I never had much trouble coming out as gay. Aside from the standard tearful confessions and casual homophobia, coming out was easy. Coming to terms with the nature of my sexuality was a process, an arduous one at that, but it was something that... (more »)
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Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer
By , Lowell, MA
The process of taking a picture fascinates me. It is instantaneous, which is impressive on account of the multitude of subconscious steps taken. First, a person decides which memories are worth capturing; that is the hardest part. A... (more »)
Then I Do
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We’re in the car with the digital clock glowing green, ticking away the minutes until the ascent to 12:45 has my mom handing back dad’s iPhone. I pull up the email I received eleven days ago and swish my thumb over the screen, leaving a... (more »)
Korea, in My Perspective
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North Korea. many people refer to this nation as an ‘axis of evil’ or a ‘Hermit Kingdom’. However, to us Koreans, we consider them as our brothers who, unfortunately, fell into the rule of a tyrannical family. Although this issue of... (more »)
Astronaut This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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I sported a vibrant orange suit and a smile that resembled a waxing crescent moon. Authentic NASA patches adorned my chest and arms. Tightening my watch and securing a flashlight around my neck, I was as official as an eight-year-old astronaut... (more »)
Sightless
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Darkness. Isolation. Gloom. Obscurity. Solitude. Desolation. A man walked in the park, shifting his cane from side to side. A young girl trying to learn the Braille System. A married woman trying to see her firstborn. Because of their eyes.... (more »)
A Helping Hand
By , Pittsburgh, PA
Upon entering my freshman year of high school, I received the standard advice that every wide-eyed ninth-grader receives: to become involved.  To join a club, a sports team, the band, student council, or anything where I should feel... (more »)
Personal Essay
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“Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.” I like this quote because when you work, you build yourself up. You are working towards what you want or what you need. You aren’t going to get anywhere by sitting on your... (more »)
Me and the Meatball Sub Container This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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A few days after my sophomore year ended, I showed up for my first day of my first summer job at the snack stand at my local wave pool. The day was extremely hot and we were swamped. Experienced crewmembers tried to teach me a few tasks to do,... (more »)
Through the Prism
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"Words are a medium that reduces reality to abstraction for transmission to our reason, and in their power to corrode reality inevitably lurks the danger that the words will be corroded too." --Yukio Mishima in Sun and Steel... (more »)
365 Days
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Mother Teresa once said, “Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” Not everyone experiences that one moment of happiness in their life that means the world to them. I am lucky, for me this... (more »)
Make(eupless)ing a Change
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Two-year-olds love to ask questions. At seventeen, I still have not outgrown this phase. Now, however, I set out to find answers. At the beginning of my junior year I wondered why society places so much emphasis on makeup and beauty. That... (more »)
The Turkey
By , Grand Rapids, MI
It felt like the chill forests breath was breathing on my unprotected hands. We had been out for about an hour waiting for the turkeys to come down from the roost. It was May 16th spring, turkey season. My dad had been doing a lot of scouting... (more »)
Hispanic-American Struggle Essay
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My name is Emily, and I am currently 17 years old. I am from a small South Texas city. I have faced several obstacles growing up and even though many people thought I couldn’t surpass them, I did. My challenges have only given me the... (more »)
Taking Deep Breaths This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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I take deep breaths trying to tame my wildly beating heart.  My eyes tear up. I lock myself in my bathroom until it's safe to come out, until my younger brother calmed down.  I desperately called my mom on her cellphone, but she... (more »)
Everything's Gonna Be Alright
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The first week of high school. It’s filled with fear and anticipation. Most of us have or will experience this feeling at one time or another. But as we find out, things usually turn out okay. I was feeling pretty good as I came... (more »)
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