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The Summer Before This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Careening down a slope of gravel, we flew. We’d stand at the lip of the quarry, starting down slowly and cautiously, toes pushing a minutiae of pebbles, their acrid brown dust exhaling on our naked calves. Shrieking with our arms splayed,... (more »)
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Waiting for the Bell This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Feet shaking and body squirming. Eyes scanning the clock and hands tightly holding each other. My body is tense, clutched in the persistent and dreadful embrace of the desk and chair. It is second period and I am existing in a brightly... (more »)
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The Kite
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Picture this: a musty old house, chipped white cupboards, a sofa covered in fur, a dim bathroom with a bathtub from a horror-movie, and several cases of beer in the corner of the kitchen. Now close your eyes and breathe in. Can you smell the... (more »)
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physics is dumb
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My dad left for Jordan two days after my first day of third grade. I had spent the entire night before crying into my pillow until the entire thing was a disgusting wet mess. Sometime during the night I had rolled out of bed and sat against my... (more »)
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The First Day This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The first day of school was always as bittersweet as the last. Summer was over and so were beach days and ice cream at noon. Sprinkler parties filling the quiet Brooklyn streets in the hot, still air of July were finished. School was starting... (more »)
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the new kid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Summer of 2007 was relentless. First, the move, which, in a matter of weeks, abruptly shifted my life from one of sidewalk chalk games and friendship bracelets to one of sitting alone on a short red bench watching never-ending games of... (more »)
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The Road Ahead This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I teetered on the sidewalk, mesmerized by the crowd of 60,000 sweaty runners surging past me in the final stretch of 6.2 miles. Even with my earplugs and dark glasses, my senses were overwhelmed. My heart thumped loudly, warning me not to do... (more »)
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There Will Be Light: Autobiography of a Latino... This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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My life has been a wonderful 18 years full of ups and downs, but my journey to success has only just begun. I was born at North Central Hospital in New York. It was a special day for my parents, since I was their first son. Their hearts and... (more »)
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My Mother’s Ungiven Testimony This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But what about those who keep on living even when they don’t have an ounce of strength left? My mother was one of those. No matter how hard she tried, what didn’t kill her... (more »)
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I Lay on My Bedroom Floor
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I lay on my bedroom floor staring at the soft, cream light bulbs on my white, spinning fan. I feel like there’s a ton of lead resting on top of my throat and chest; it’s constricting me from breathing. I lay spluttering and coughing... (more »)
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The 5 Stages of Coming to Terms with Your Place...
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Stage One: Ignorance Ah, Ignorance. The stage we are all born into, the stage some of us die in. In this stage, one is not yet aware of anything outside our physical world. Everything in one’s intellectual spectrum is an Earthly creature or... (more »)
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My Opinion
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People probably won't care but... I hate my life!!! Its just that I have sat in the corner crying for the past could of hours. I wish I would get the same as I give. I mean people say treat others how you want to be treated, but when ever... (more »)
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Do Schools Need Change?
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What is wrong with our academic system today, that teens accross the country would rather die than go to school? We have to go to school for about seven hours a day, and then we have to come home to about five hours of homework! Let's not... (more »)
Trabajadores del Tabaco in Cuba This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The smell of tobacco was the first thing that hit me. It was as stale as an old attic but as promising as dank cellar soil. We stopped alongside a frayed frame secadero, or tobacco-drying house, and got out to explore. We were just outside... (more »)
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My Namesake This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I used to joke around and tell people she was my namesake. After all, I share her first name, and part of her last name too. But it was merely a pleasant myth; any connection I have with Angelina Jolie Pitt is like the one I have with Angelina... (more »)
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Early Morning Orchestra This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The orchestra begins its symphony promptly at 5:30 a.m., summoning the new day. The first movement always starts with bells. Their powerful, metallic clanging resonates through the tropical air from all of the nearby temples. Rhythmic... (more »)
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