Most Recent Personal Experience Articles

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An Experience I Will Never Forget
By , Wellsburg, IA
I rolled out of bed and BAM the wall was right there - a slab of burnt orange to greet me reminding me I wasn’t at home. Carefully creeping from the bottom bunk,  my tired limbs slowly began searching my suitcase for something to... (more »)
The Creature in the Apple Orchard
By , beaverton, OR
It all started as a normal trip to the apple orchard. I went with a friend of mine that I don’t want to say his name so let's call him Billy. Billy’s family and mine would go to the apple orchard every year.  My family... (more »)
In Irma’s Path This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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On September 6, 2017 Hurricane Irma reached St. Maarten. It caused destruction everywhere, knocking trees over, wrecking houses, and throwing cars. The storm was bound to cause some damage for my family, since my aunt and uncle owned a house... (more »)
Digital Detox This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Status Update: Alexa is … Feeling Insecure. As much as it pains me to admit, I use social media for validation. This truth doesn’t make me a shallow teenager; in fact, it’s the reality that most Millennials confront.... (more »)
The Advent Spiral This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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A spiral fills the large room, outlined in pine boughs and illuminated by golden wax candles set into the hollowed cores of ruby red apples. Parents sit on one side, some nervous and uncomfortable because they have invaded their... (more »)
A Party of Flavors This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Bibimbap. What’s that? Is it a song, a brand, a person? Actually, it’s a type of Korean dish eaten almost weekly in South Korea. Imagine this. A black, scorching stone pot with vines of steam soaring up from the bottom. It is... (more »)
Clean Your Plate This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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When my mother yells in her singsong voice, “Food’s ready!” I, as instructed, trudge from the confines of my room only to be greeted by an unwelcome sight. Arranged atop the flowery tablecloth is a frightening matrix of... (more »)
Spicy Food and Acts of Bravery This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I guess my appreciation of spicy foods has always been a weird point of pride for me. “I don’t know if I want to order that, it’s way too spicy,” others might say. Ridiculous. For I, the brave and powerful one,... (more »)
Fallacy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I opened the thin glass door to escape the humidity of Texas, and swung a hard left into the fast food line. I leaned on the pole that held the plastic sign, “Line Starts Here.” Thomas, the cashier, waved and ordered me the usual.... (more »)
Kindness Supreme with Extra Cheese This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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There are few things I am not sure about, like whether the human race came from a floating speck of dust or God, or how this planet will change over the next 100 years. But one thing I am sure about is that people show kindness with... (more »)
On Being Italian This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I once read that the average Italian consumes 60 pounds of pasta per year. After reflecting on this, I conceded that it was probably true, but in my family at least, it was some top-notch pasta. You see, I didn’t know that boxed... (more »)
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Christmas Memory, 1957 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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It was December 24, 1957. Pat Boone’s “April Love” was the number-one song on the radio. The Asian Flu pandemic was nearing an end. Two months earlier, The USSR had launched Sputnik 2. The price of a gallon of gas was 24... (more »)
The Mini Cupcake Crisis This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , New Windsor, NY
You would think a tray of cupcakes would be well received by a room full of teenagers, but that wasn’t the case, not for us. Welcome to the eating disorder center, where the most dreaded days of the week were those that included a snack... (more »)
Cycle of Celebration This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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As I stand in my synagogue during the High Holidays, I remember the last time I stood here and think about all the future times I will stand here again. Each year, I resolve to grow and improve, yet too often I find myself in the same place. My... (more »)
Breaking Bread This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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There are few things in this world that smell as good as freshly baked bread. It’s a scent I’m quite familiar with, due to a childhood filled with measuring, stirring, sneaking illicit peeks into the dishcloth-shrouded bowl to check... (more »)
In the Grove
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The wind is so chilling that I cannot make sense of my feet, yet the undulating hands of the treetops continue to wave to me, energized, excited by the wind. They caress the sun, the sky, the clouds, happily. I am unprepared, unfamiliar residing... (more »)
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