Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

Most Recent College Essays

Here are the most recent college essays:

Shrinking Town
Custom User Avatar
Let me be the first to say that I hate living here. I do not hate this town, but I have known it, and it has known me. I am growing but this town is not, and I am only getting bigger. I have been living in the same house on the same street in... (more »)
Which Corrupts More: Power or Powerlessness?
Custom User Avatar
The difference between power and powerlessness is slight. It is all about control—too much, or an utter lack thereof. Hamlet, a classic character of literature, is completely corrupted by powerlessness. It is the zenith of his downfall. He... (more »)
Independence at Fourteen Years Old
Custom User Avatar
 January is a pointless month. It’s the beginning of the new year, but the middle of the school year, with the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder. January doesn't make much sense if you ask me, it seems like just... (more »)
The Six-Legged Meal This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
Custom User Avatar
I have a recurring nightmare. I see a delicious-looking treat in the corner of Costco. Chocolate. My empty stomach growls to have it. I dash to the taste-station and eat it without hesitation. As my teeth break through the crunchy exterior, I... (more »)
The Fabricated Nationality This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
Custom User Avatar
America’s preeminent depiction is a melting pot. In theory, it is a harmonious mixture of ethnic traditions from around the world. According to this image, ethnic differences are blended into a homogenous identity. Instead of blending, I... (more »)
In the Wake of Rejection
Custom User Avatar
The clicking of my heels echoing down the deserted school hallway, black dress fluttering about my knees just as the butterflies do about my stomach, I focus on slowing down the thoughts racing around my mind: “can’t handle this... (more »)
A Modest Proposal: A Satirical Solution for...
Custom User Avatar
FOR PREVENTING THE ESCALATION AND LONG TERM PERPETUATION OF GENDER INEQUALITY It is a melancholy object to those women who are unfortunate enough to be flourishing in this current day in the place we call earth. Women today are... (more »)
Passion Equal Success
Custom User Avatar
My dad once said to me, “Choose a career you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” I believe that if a person has a passion for his or her job they will be more successful.  I want a job that can support my family... (more »)
Backpack This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
Custom User Avatar
I clutch my backpack straps and brace myself for what I’ve felt so many times before. Whether I am climbing the steps of the Eiffel Tower, hiking the trails of Cinque Terre, or trekking towards Neuschwanstein Castle, I freeze in my tracks... (more »)
Where I Want To Be This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
By , Wyckoff, NJ
I sit in front of the old typewriter; blank pages stacked to my left side on the black stained desk fill my peripheral. My dry fingers hover over the keys. The stack of unread books to my left reminds me that this is essential, that these hills... (more »)
Losing is Never Really Losing
Custom User Avatar
The room was silent for a moment while we all finished our lunches. It was the group’s third day in New York City and it was the day that everybody was going to present their speeches to the group. Circular tables filled the room and... (more »)
National Nightmare
By , Wyckoff, NJ
Going into high school, I was lost. I was hurting myself, losing weight at a rapid speed, and didn’t want to be around anymore. I felt like there was no one for me to turn to, and all I heard from my therapist was: Depression, Anxiety,... (more »)
Save a Life
Custom User Avatar
I stood as a still as a statue as I watched all of my coworkers rush to the scene of the accident. From the window, I had seen it all happen. Her car had pulled out of the parking lot and his car rammed into the back of her’s at speeds... (more »)
My Life
By , Auburn, NY
Since the dawn of time, people have struggled in some form or another. These struggles can range from the simple to the complex. Life is a struggle and sometimes you need to go through something troublesome in your life to find out who you... (more »)
Why Was She So Mad?
Custom User Avatar
I was re-filling the linens cart with fresh sheets and blankets when I heard a troubled voice come from the room to my right. I parked the cart to the side and looked to see what was going on. I entered the room and faced an older woman with... (more »)
A Fairytale's Moral
Custom User Avatar
On the first day of freshman year, after calling out my name for attendance, my homeroom teacher said, “Oh, you’re Sarah’s little sister. I had her, she was great. Do you play soccer too?” I had heard this comment on... (more »)
Site Feedback