Most Recent Nonfiction

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My Greatest Hurdle This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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This moment just before the starter’s pistol fires seems to stretch into eternity. Within it, my past efforts and disappointments swirl together with my future hopes and fears. Crouched in my starting blocks with my fingers sizzling on... (more »)
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Birds of Passage This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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after Maxine Hong Kingston My father became a man the day he followed the orange-crested swallow into the mountain. He caught birds back then, like all the boys his age who were too young to farm or enlist in the Red Army. The call would... (more »)
Subsection: Memoirs  
My Life in Color This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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In fifth grade I got my first pair of glasses. I vividly remember sitting in the cold, leather chair of my optometrist's office, anxiously waiting for Dr. Ling to bring them to me. I had picked them out a week prior, their frames bright red... (more »)
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The Gift of Silence in a Loud World This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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“Who’d you put a plane on? Not the exper test? Most of my time is devoted to donut two and you blung grayed it! I have a total -- shush -- of 1500 hours of sleep.” This sounds like a horrible (and entertaining) subtitle... (more »)
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Living With The Stephanies This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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It was the only cloudy afternoon that we had encountered on our spring break trip, and my mother and I had just arrived back at our hotel room after a mid-day lunch and shopping session. Sarasota isn’t normally cloudy, so we knew that... (more »)
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The Butterfly Effect This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , Alpharetta, GA
The three years are described as a nightmare in my family. My mother consistently tells me, “It was a nightmare that I woke up into and I’m glad it’s finally over”. A nightmare. Something every child fears when they shut... (more »)
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Labels We Live By This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Shy, talkative, annoying, easy-going, beautiful, ugly, popular, outcast, white, black, brown, Hispanic, Asian, slut, prude, gay, smart, stupid. All words we use to brand every person we meet only a few glances. We make assumptions, and act... (more »)
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Fighting for My Generation’s Survival Against... This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I’m teenage climate activist. I speak for my entire generation when I say that I will be more hurt by the effects of climate change than any of the adults in power. It’s painful to have to fight and constantly pressure the very... (more »)
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Bittersweet Temptations This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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One of the greatest obstacles I face daily is my nut allergy.  While this sounds like a problem with no solution, the real issue is not the allergy itself, but the way I cope with it.  There are times when I feel as though I... (more »)
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My Battle with Mental Illness This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , Mesa, AZ
Everyone has lights and shadows in their lives. There was a time where my life was filled with cheerful memories where I enjoyed spending time with my family and never liked to be alone. Then, something changed all of this. A painful event that... (more »)
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New Year's #Goals
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When I was younger, I had an intense hatred for the game Whack-A-Mole. I think it all boiled down to the fact that the concept of the game just bothered me. I spent my time whacking faster and faster, working harder and harder, and in the end, I... (more »)
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The Pain Is Gone
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“It takes a strong man to accept somebody else’s children and step up to the plate another man left on the table….” that is a quote that i can use to describe my relationship with my step dad. There are so many... (more »)
Subsection: Memoirs  
Starry Night in Words
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The moon is bright yellow, like a rounded street light whose light sends pulses through the sky like ripples in a puddle. The stars are miniatures of the moon, shining bright and warm as the wind swirls across the sky like light waves rolling... (more »)
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Best Friends
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Have you ever had a friend that you were very close to? If you have, it can be something special. It gives you someone to love like family, someone to trust, and just a feeling that someone is always there. It gives you a buddy and a partner in... (more »)
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A Different Kind of Adventure
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I jumped into the chilly water,  freezing and full of excitement. I was full of adventure. Ever since we had set up camp the afternoon earlier, my sister and I had talked of swimming to the island that was not but a few yards of a swim... (more »)
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It's a Breakdown
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You've reached that point. That point where you kept telling yourself you're okay, you can still do it, you'll be fine.   But at the end of the day, when you're alone in your room, lying on your bed, and that single question pop up.  ... (more »)
Subsection: Personal Experience Articles  
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