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Lucky
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The most fundamental place in my world is the passenger seat of a 15 year old Honda Odyssey with my father driving and the radio blasting. My beautiful city passes by as I dream of a future I do not know will ever transpire. Here I simply am. I... (more »)
The Dream
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Common Application Question: Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.  ... (more »)
The Lies in Our Advertisements
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Photoshopping in Advertisements Have you ever looked at a magazine or an advertisement on TV and thought, “I wish I looked like her!” or “I wish I had that much muscle”? Would you be surprised to find out those models, actors, or... (more »)
A Need to Create This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I was horrified when my teacher placed a bust on the table. It had elaborate hair on its head and intricate wrinkles on its aged face. I picked up the pencil reluctantly. I had not sketched in a long time, and my last attempt had been a simple... (more »)
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Life As I Know It This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
By , Charlotte, IA
If you ask any 8 year old what they want to be when they grow up, you’ll get answers that sometimes change weekly. First it’ll be a princess, then maybe a cowgirl or even a famous rock star, but if you asked my 8 year old self, you... (more »)
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Finish on Empty
Finish on empty: inspirational words used by my cross-country coach my first year of high school.  These words clicked with me so readily, as it perfectly encompassed a mindset I was quickly learning to live by.  To me, those words meant start... (more »)
Not Just a Pretty Face This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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 My eyes glimmered with the latest layer of eyeliner. My cheeks appeared a rosy pink as I smiled at my reflection, perfecting my vibrant red lips. I slipped into my dress of sequins, fastened my high heels and approached the line of girls;... (more »)
Hypoplastic Hand
By , Hamburg, NJ
There are thirty-four muscles in the human hand. I have thirty-one. I am 1 in 100,000, but I am more than a statistic. I am disabled- a term I rarely use aloud to others, but my right dominant hand is classified as hypoplastic, possessing three... (more »)
What is Ambition?
By , melbourne, FL
Ambition. Motivation. Aspiration. Passion. Lust. Craving. Zeal. Spirit. Vigor. I can keep defining synonyms for ambition for you, but honestly, it's not worth it. Words cannot EXPLAIN what ambition is. It cannot make you UNDERSTAND. It... (more »)
Monster of a Headache This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I have a loud-mouthed green monster inside my head. He has been my ever-present companion for five years, and I have, as is human nature, grown accustomed to him. We fight nearly every day; he is greedy for my energy and clear thinking, and he... (more »)
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My Literary Paradise This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? (Common Application topic)   • • •   Within a ten-minute walk from my... (more »)
What Are You? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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“What are you?” I’m bombarded with this somewhat intrusive question wherever I go. In response I love to toy with askers’ minds. Typically I say I’m black and white, but if I’m feeling adventurous,... (more »)
Our House This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
Every day, when I clamber off the school bus and walk the five minutes to my newly painted yellow house, I have approximately one hour of quiet to begin my homework. An hour later, while I am wrestling with a math equation, I hear the familiar... (more »)
Profile of a Terrorist This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
I stared blankly at my teacher, wondering if I had heard her right. As she repeated the homework assignment, I realized I had. My gaze shifted from my teacher to my classmates to see if any of them had the same reaction I did, but everyone else... (more »)
Georgetown Admissions Essay
The diverse community of nations, a different language spoken on every corner, and the proximity to Washington and it’s institutions are all things that attract me to Georgetown University, but the most beautiful part of Georgetown is a... (more »)
Social Media Abstainance
When I was in the seventh grade, there was nothing I wanted more than a Facebook page.  Investing my time in social media seemed the perfect way to relate to my classmates and to let them know me. On an Internet site, I would be able to... (more »)
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