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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 »)
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 »)
Louisiana Summers This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Growing up, Louisiana summers meant Minnie guarding the door, the buttery smell of Coppertone permeating from her flour-speckled apron as she dabbed the tips of our noses and ears with the thick, sticky whiteness. We scampered past... (more »)
It Isn’t Always As It Seems.
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Stuffing the last cardboard box into the trunk of my Grandfather’s pale blue Buick, I wiped the back of my dusty hand across my sweaty forehead and breathed a sigh of relief after we had finished bringing the last boxes out of the house.... (more »)
Is This My Country?
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I'm sitting on a railing outside the dining hall after having cleaned as much as I could, waiting for it all to be done. I see the towns, nestled betweening rolling mountains, twinkling in their night life, the only stars I can see on the base... (more »)
Leap of Faith
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My heart rate increases as the elevation does. I am surrounded by a blanket of green. A cloak of fog surrounds us and our view is slightly tainted. However, it’s still mesmerizing. There is an eerie silence until the sound of an exotic... (more »)
Hamilaria: The Hamilton Phenomenon
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The world would forever more be divided into two types of people: those who have listened to Hamilton and those who are going to. My apologies for such a cheesy opening, but let’s face it, no accolades can be too cheesy for the... (more »)
Astrology: The Secret Code of Ether
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Have you ever thought that your life is controlled by some kind of external effect?   Astrology reflects to us the effect of the events above the planet-earth.  It can influence our thoughts, acts, decisions, feelings, and... (more »)
Escapism: Our Unwitting Superpower
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As humans, we possess a constant thirst for tangible objects and aspects of our lives that we don’t already possess. Many of us dream of lighter workloads, perfect grades, unlimited french fries, however the moment we realize that some... (more »)
Coffee Culture & Tea Talk
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It seems like humanity’s never-ending necessity for a daily cup of coffee has risen to a new high, while at the same time, Sencha Tea Bar, which Lindsay Kaback ‘19 describes as “a life changing selection of tea,” is everyone’s new... (more »)
Italy vs USA This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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In the weeks I’ve been back from Rome and Umbria, in central Italy, I’ve limited my pasta to just pad thai, and I haven’t eaten a single piece of pizza. There is a method to this madness, and it’s not a health kick; it’s that once I... (more »)
The City That Never Sleeps
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Everytime I go to New York it feels like I am meant to be there. Like New York is calling my name, and cries whenever I leave. New York has everything I could ever need and want. This magical city has amazing stores, food, and most importantly... (more »)
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One Happy Island
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Fifteen miles off the coast of Venezuela is an island six miles wide and twenty miles long. This small piece of paradise is most commonly known as, Aruba! Entitled "One Happy Island," Aruba is a popular destination to many vacationers, welcoming... (more »)
8 Lies About Homeschooling, Refuted
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“Where did you go to school?” “I’m homeschooled.” Cue the second look that says: “What? You don’t look like a homeschooler!” That is the reaction I get whenever this conversation takes place with someone I have just met. It... (more »)
Mesoamerica
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Mesoamerica is full of light and life and history. The people are vibrant and that comes across in their music, art, food, and all around excitement for life. As an international studies major, I have made it my priority to notice the... (more »)
Forever Alone February Fever
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Valentine’s Day is the most romantic, love-filled day of the year. Unfortunately, not everyone has a perfect partner to celebrate the day with. Because of this, teens, and even adults, get infected with Forever Alone February Fever.... (more »)
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