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  • College
    Guide > College Essays
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    At my junior meeting, I made it very clear that University of Wisconsin-Madison was my top choice for college. After a visit to the school and additional combing over every aspect of Madison I knew it was a great school, just very large and too close to home. I needed to find a new top school. ...
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    Thank you, America. To all the people who make the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP), Social ­Security disability, free school lunch, and my state's free health insurance possible, thank you. Without these programs I would have no food, shelter, or health care. Often I hea...
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    “Are you awake? Jillian, Jillian wake up.” I slip back into consciousness with the shaking hands of a child on my shoulders. As my eyes adjust, her tears sparkle in the flash of light peaking into my tent. Without hesitation my arms are guiding the sweet girl toward the restroom where we can tal...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    scream. cry. mad. sad. wanting to forgive wanting to live just needing to survive her ambush on me to herself the happy/sad flop just get through the night hide through the night cry through the night the sun wakes her and I in an awkward place for she’s back and I’m gon...
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    “We have to stay here to finish out the school year. We can move in the summer when things are calmer.” My father’s soothing voice penetrates the front door, signaling that my mother is not in a good mood. I inhale sharply before turning the doorknob. I dodge the boxes that litter the entry...

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