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Fitting In This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I wouldn't ask for a dressing room. My mom always asked for me. The evening before I had repeatedly risen from my seat and piled on excess noodles suffocated in meat sauce. Then I licked my bowl with the buttered garlic bread, leaving no... (more »)
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Suicide and the Media
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Sensitivity must be used when the media reports on teen suicides. Sounds obvious, but it doesn’t always happen. And when it doesn’t, you often find copycat attempts in the wake of a teen suicide. How does it happen? Impulsive teenagers are... (more »)
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Beating Anorexia This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
“You can sit there. The ­doctor will be right with you.” The nurse gestured me to the waiting room. Come on, do I really need to be here? I'm not sick enough to be here. “Jane! The doctor will see you now.” Great … The office... (more »)
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Sorting Screws This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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When I was three, a doctor told my parents I wouldn't be completely handicapped, but I would be “sorting screws.” This came after an extensive neuropsychological exam that indicated I had an IQ of 40. My classification was “Trainable... (more »)
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Movies with Mom
Today is a typical Saturday afternoon in the middle of October, and Mom and I are just finishing our ordinary lunch of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of chips, and a glass of cold milk. My dad and younger sister have gone to cheer on... (more »)
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Life as a Type 1 Diabetic
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How would you like to have your finger pricked ten to twenty times a day? Or how about taking four to five shots a day? My guess is that you wouldn’t like it at all, but this is what diabetics are put through every day. When someone has type one... (more »)
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Alive to Tell This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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There isn't a night I'll remember more vividly than December 26, when my girlfriend and I were struck head-on by a drunk driver – the night when the choice to wear our seatbelts saved our lives. Emily and I were driving along a rural... (more »)
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A Joke This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Statistics blanket the Internet about eating disorders, dieting, and desires to be skinny. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of becoming fat. Forty-two percent of first- to third-grade... (more »)
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Life with TS This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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People stare when I walk by. I ­pretend not to notice. It’s not their fault; they don’t know I can’t stop. Can’t stop ticcing. When I was 11 years old, 16 letters changed the way I live my life forever: Tourette syndrome. Now, four... (more »)
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Tattler
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I walked aimlessly down the hall. I had no idea where I was going, but I knew why. The words “Please send at 9:40” were written on a yellow piece of paper my Spanish teacher had handed me. I knew right away what it was about. I walked... (more »)
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The Fairest This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Mirror, mirror on the wall Make her skinny, make her tall Change the way she does her hair Dye it blonde Put highlights there Mirror, mirror, take her youth Wrap it in some made-up truth Hide her face behind a mask Of paint and powder,... (more »)
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An Unplanned Visit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
The girl across the room appears to be 18 or so. Smacking and popping her gum, she sits cross-legged with her fluorescent pink toenails peeking out from the cuffs of her jeans. The tapping of her pen against the clipboard is an incoherent Morse... (more »)
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Nathaniel's Menu This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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On orientation day at the hospital, they asked new volunteers which department we would like to work in. I could choose to be a swimming coach, dietary assistant, or an occupational therapy assistant. Knowing full well that I would grow attached... (more »)
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Teen Girls and the Media
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The other day my sister bought a magazine she was in love with and set down to read about all of the latest news in her tween world. As she was flipping through, I glanced over and noticed an article with the headline "How to make Taylor... (more »)
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Under Pressure This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The higher they get, the higher they rise. They all smoke to be cool and to socialize. Some call it a drug and some call it a delicacy, but whatever you call it, it's still just marijuana to me. “Yo, I just bought some granddaddy kush. Wanna... (more »)
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I Went Numb This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Bell’s palsy is a condition that involves the facial nerve. It means that either one side or the entire face cannot be moved. For me, it started with a numb tongue during summer vacation. At first, I thought it was because I wasn’t sleeping... (more »)
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