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Surface Level
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Sometimes I wonder if i am actually seeing things for what they are. We fail to realize that what we see is not what we get. Our eyes are trained to look at things a certain way. For example... If I were to hold up an apple, what would you see?... (more »)
Our Dreams
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Dreams are goals that we want to achieve! We want to succeed at our dreams. Many people give up on their dreams, but you should never give up because if you give up now you won’t know the future. You need to take the right path where you... (more »)
Failure and Self-Improvement
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Although failure may seem like a horrible incident, the fact of the matter is that failure or rejection is part of a continuing process of self improvement. One should not fear failure and avoid risks or allow the fear to overwhelm and... (more »)
The Meaning of Life
Every person goes through a cycle of life. Some people have short lives, others have long ones. But they all have one thing in common: living with a purpose. No one lives without contributing anything. There aren’t people who just go on the... (more »)
The Significantly Over-Arching Realm of...
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I asked a student in eighth grade to "define 'time'" in one word.   "Confusing."   "How do you figure that?"   "Because when you think about it, time is always passing.  You can't say 'right now' and be correct---[moments] are... (more »)
To Be Honest
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TBH, in the long run it isn't going to matter how popular you were in school.If you were a thot or not...what really matters is who you'll become in the future...since ive started my first year of high school i couldn't have been better... (more »)
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Cartoons, Pizza, & The New Free Speech
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Last year I went to a nice little summer camp in northern Michigan.  I was there for a few weeks, blissfully unaware of the outside world.  Unfortunately, the outside world was not idle.  When I got back I had a lot of newspaper reading to... (more »)
Gay's the New Black
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     There was a time a black man could not pass a white woman on the street, he could not sit next to a white man at a bar, or even order a drink from that bar without persecution. It wasn't because of the Christians, the goverment, the... (more »)
The Final Closure
All the things I wish I would have said to you…. I have been pondering this idea of closure for a long while now, but it’s really not needed. People never change, and I don't want communication with someone like you. Right now you are... (more »)
The Immigration Problem
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Today, our immigration policy is one of the most significant problems facing our country. We have one of the most open immigration policies in the world. According to recent polls, American name immigration as the biggest problem currently... (more »)
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10 facts about suicide 1.) An estimated 90% of people who consider suicide mention it to a friend or someone else 2.) More teens and young adults died as a result of suicide in 1999 than cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, birth defect, stroke,... (more »)
Running Out Of Time This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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As freshmen in high school, everyone drilled our heads with things like “Always do your best, it will help in the long run!” or “Start thinking about and planning your future out now.” and “Push yourself!” “Live it up now because... (more »)
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I remember the day when I stepped onto the scale in 6th grade and looked at my number. 135. That number shocked me. I had only weighed just under 100 pounds six months ago. But the numbers on the scale spelled out a word that no one else but me... (more »)
Mortality's Immortality This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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From the myriad of attempts to regain one’s youth -- starting with the failed search of an elixir to Tuck Everlasting -- not one has succeeded. As the human population grows exponentially, the unreasonable ideas that linger amongst us... (more »)
The Negative Influences of Society, Media, and... This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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Fifty percent of the population has an eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is the third most common chronic disease among adolescents. Of all anorexia sufferers, twenty percent will experience premature death caused by potassium and magnesium... (more »)
The Lie of My Childhood
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When I was little, the world I knew was endless. So many places to explore, discover, create and imagine. Everything became illusional. Like nothing was real. Like everything was just a dream that you never wanted to wake up from. I thought of... (more »)
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