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My Place of Tranquility
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Most people would find my idea of a "happy place" to be downright horrifying. Many individuals feel content at a beach, mountain, or in the comfort of their own home. However, the one place that makes me feel most content is in a hospital.... (more »)
Athena and Posidon in the Odyssey
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As Odysseus makes the long journey back to Ithaca  he is both supported and antagonized.  He is given divine support by Athena, but is opposed by Poseidon.  The two Olympians were involed in a contest for protector of Athens,... (more »)
The Little Red-Headed Girl
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“Just remember that when Charlie Brown was singing to ‘that cute little red headed girl’ it was you! You will be on stage very soon. Love from your friend, Charlie Brown.” These lines hang on a slightly crumpled note card on my bedroom... (more »)
Breathe This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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In, out, in, out, in, out—get out food, food to mouth, breathe in, out, mouth op—OW! My breathing rhythm during the second Varsity NorCal mountain biking race of the season was abruptly shattered by my cry of excruciating pain and fear.... (more »)
Vests This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
By , Danville, CA
Three years ago, I stood on a street corner with my best friend wearing a (hideous) bright orange vest while directing cyclists in a race, and found myself putting my soul on display—much like those vests put us on display for everyone within... (more »)
An Admissions Essay
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A women barges into my peaceful coffee shop bubble.  By the hint of age sneaking in under her eyes and by the way she’s dressed she looks to be in her mid forties.  She carries herself strongly, she’s sturdy, but... (more »)
The Stupendous Correlation
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What defines a successful leader? In Machiavelli’s The Prince, the author provides an ideal model to follow: a leader should exemplify intelligence, practice appropriate virtues, and be greatly loved by the people (Machiavelli). These... (more »)
Little Things This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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By the time I turned four, something had changed in my mother. A thrumming of insect-wings, a pulse kick-starting to life. Her stomach stretched and dimpled, criss-crossed with red veins, becoming a pouch of warm soil for seeds to take root,... (more »)
Little Words, Big Ideas
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My first diary was blue with a Hello Kitty on the front. I’d carry it everywhere with a little yellow pencil, filling the blue pages with big letters and small ideas. Each year, as my thoughts and observations grew, so did my journal. Now my... (more »)
Costco and My Persistent Desire to Save the World This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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I grew up in a household with two parents, eight siblings, and one dog. Inevitably, I spent a lot of time inside the only grocery store that could truly fulfill my family’s needs: Costco. When we were young, my siblings and I treated Costco... (more »)
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Possibly the worst feeling I have ever experienced is the hopelessness of watching my grandfather coming closer to his inevitable death.  I once feared this feeling, but over the years as I mature, I have learned that death is something that... (more »)
Doors This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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My family stopped wondering about my closed bedroom door a long time ago. Days are spent socializing and working, participating in activities and mingling with friends and family; nights are meant for writing. Now everyone acknowledges this, so... (more »)
Anabolic Steroids: A Misunderstood Substance
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When the term “steroids” is used, it is typically used in reference to anabolic steroids intended for the purposes of improving physical performance. However, steroids are actually a class of organic molecules with similar physical... (more »)
Beauty and the Beast
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The beast preys hungrily on the innocent teenage girl, showing no sympathy. Both physically and mentally, she crumbles, diminishes, and weakens; but it longs only for her care and currency. She surrenders to its undying fraud. At last, it... (more »)
Reflections This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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Topic: 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.   ***   In my dance... (more »)
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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 »)
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