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  • Opinion > School / College
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    (Insert word here) is the root of all heartache. Many a philosopher, poet, thinker, and average Joe have taken a swing at filling out that blank. Well, give me the bat and add “college student” to the list. Our thoughts are in a constant flux, subconsciously forming and branching off in mu...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Chicago: a city home to meat processing horror stories, classic architecture, a mean slice of deep dish pizza, and - unfortunately - my horrible luck in social situations. During my family's excursion in this beautiful city (I affectionately refer to it as New York's cleaner, prettier litt...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Heart pounding and cheeks flushing, I briskly walked – or more fittingly, stumbled – to the front of the room with my hands in my pockets and eyes glued to the floor. Inhale, exhale, speak. “Germany 1933 – German citizens were exposed to the harsh effects of famine, social unrest, high u...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    Perfection is pain Fighting my own mental taunts Is my best the best?...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    You lean in to kiss With that gaze that drives me wild My sweetest downfall....
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    Four years of chances "Coulda Shoulda" made a move So I just moved on....
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    Aisles of products Trying beat beat schemes of age But all wrinkles win....
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    Green eyes, blonde pigtails Innocent youth of four years Unbroken by pain....
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    As my car rolled into the parking lot of what was soon to become my second home, I was at a loss for what to expect. Megan, my best friend since the wonders of diapers and Dr. Suess, had finally managed to wake me from my Saturday slumber and get me to volunteer at what she called her “little slic...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    My sister and I were slipping into and out of consciousness in the back of the car; my mother and father exchanged witty repartee in the front seat; the cool October breeze wafted in from the open window in the back. These components made for an evening like any other, until my mother’s usually jo...
  • Opinion > Love / Relationships
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    If the relationships I've been in have taught me one thing, it's this: I am addicted to chaos. The niceties of relationships, the smiles and soft kisses and walks on the beach, have and will never appeal to me. No matter how much I try to resist the reality and retrain my brain, the raw gr...
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    Guide > College Essays
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    My name: 16 letters, two words, five syllables – but an overwhelmingly insufficient means of defining who I am. I am a lover of literature, a skilled speaker of sarcasm, and a life-long advocate of underage thinking. I see the light at the end of every tunnel and Carpe the heck out of every Di...
  • Reviews > Book Reviews
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    "The Lesser of Two Evils" Yellow skin barely thick enough to cover muscle tissue or arteries, a cumbersome stature, flowing black hair, pearly white teeth: these features, initially thought to be “beautiful” by Dr. Frankenstein, made for a ghastly contrast between the watery eyes ...
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    Guide > College Essays
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    We live in society that chooses to make its biggest issues similar to the following: Who will win American Idol? What can I do to get more “likes” on Facebook? When is the next iPhone due to be released? Where is the nearest Chick-Fil-A? Why is Lindsay Lohan in rehab again? How is Charl...
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    “Brenda wears Buddies! Brenda wears Buddies!” When 11-year-old Brenda arrived at school with her wishful imitations of the three-striped Adidas tennis shoes, this was the chant that the other children met her with. Three words; one lasting impact. Mocking chants such as these, coupled with ...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Eyes closed, breath slowed. Mind cleared of all anger, guilt, shame, self-deprecation, sadness, worry, disappointment – all follies of life, no matter how daunting or trivial, wiped from the counter of consciousness in one fell swoop. Body relieved of all tension, as chills and goose bumps danced ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I just want to scream until my lungs give way Exploding with the stress I have tucked away No fight left in me, the spark fizzled out I'd give any possession to escape this route My sense of purpose lost No gain is worth the cost Tried so hard to win but always lost Forever reaching for ...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    “If you really are a natural blonde, then why are your eyes brown?” You have just skimmed over the one question that never fails to elicit a sigh of utter despondency (usually accompanied by an exaggerated eye roll and all-too necessary shoulder sulk) from yours truly. This question has ser...
  • Opinion > Movies / Music / TV
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    From the dawn of time, humans have devoted their precious resources to fulfilling three basic functions: eating, sleeping, and gossiping. The form of said gossip has certainly evolved alongside civilization; instead of talking about the new yet unsightly bone Wilma is wearing in her hair or the tack...
  • Opinion > Social Issues / Civics
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    The cracked, dust-coated clock mounted atop the hospital doors reads 3:59 in the afternoon. As time ticks away and the seconds inch ever closer to the much-anticipated hour, you use your tattered, two-sizes-too-small Mickey Mouse shirt to wipe the sweat from your brow as you utter muffled prayers an...
  • Opinion > Pop Culture / Trends
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    You, mentally distraught from a tiring day’s routine and nearly ravenous from missing lunch period, find yourself in a treacherous battle with carbohydrates upon arriving home from school – it’s you versus the cookie. As if you were placed in the middle of a cheesy television commercial, the k...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    After all the dew has fed the lillies, I will group them into portraits of your smile I would give anything to be in your company, to spend eternity in your arms If not for just a little while. I remember the way the sky looked that night Not a cloud in sight as the darkness swallowed us w...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    History today, it’s like riddles in the eyes of an old dog still running under the fever of scorching summer skies There were simple words spoken, they raised the dirt along the trail We let our words be sweet as honey, we knew the guns of war had failed We put the arrow in the quiver, w...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    The kings sit upon their thrones, hands full of sticks and stones Casting judgment on the children until they grow toughness in their bones. And while the darkness conceals demons Your light illuminates my heart I still find you when I’m dreaming, So we'll never be apart You and I, ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Our backs were bent ‘til we were walking on the knuckles of our souls The trees were drinking angels’ tears in the deserts where they grow And the only time my heart was shaken was when I threw it to the wind I found the things the world has disproven were the only ones worth believing in...

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