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  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    I carry a bloated, tattered maroon notebook stuffed to bursting with biology notes. Every page is filled, top-to-bottom and margins too, with endless notes from lectures, textbook readings, and labs. The edges of the pages are curling with age, wear, and continuous flipping back-and-forth. My chic...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I must be the only person in this world Who is terrified of marrying the man I love Because loss is inevitable Of course, years and years will be full of endless joy Getting started on our own in a small apartment Working hard to save money and buy a nice home in the suburbs near a park ...
  • Nonfiction > Travel & Culture
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    Since I was a child, it had always been my dream to travel to Japan. The culture, cuisine, and breathtaking geography had always fascinated me, and as I began to study the Japanese language both before and during high school, my interest grew exponentially. That’s why, when the Japanese gov...
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    There is no sound in the world more painful than your mother sobbing in her bedroom, a strong and composed woman reduced to sorrow and heartbreak as her cries echo through the war zone that is your home. Hearing and seeing my proud mother cry was probably the most heartaching feeling I've ever, ev...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Rain Dancing down upon the world Tiny droplets falling like blessings from God Not tears Rain is happy Comforting Falling asleep to the steady drumming of droplets against my window Can compare to no lullaby The whooshing of wind and water as harmonic as a symphony Waking up to the beauty...
  • Nonfiction > Sports
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    Nervous energy courses through your body like an electric current. You sense yourself walking a touch too fast to the warmup room. Don’t slow down; better to embrace your excitement than stifle it. Pull open the double door and feel the chatter of voices envelop you, pull you into th...
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    My peripheral vision reveals your gaze Your eyes watch me closely through this moral haze Dark ocean at nighttime, no irises clear The pure light of the moon cannot gleam here But not evil darkness, where the witches play The embrace of your midnight is where I feel safe You try to look sole...
  • Hot Topics > Health
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    Life seems to be a clear-cut issue. You’re either living, or you’re dead. However, this is no longer the case. The medical and legal nuances of death have transformed a once-simple issue into one fraught with questions: What determines death? And once death is decided, what course of ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I'm mutated My defects are irreversible It would be futile to try If left unchecked, I will destroy what that houses me so graciously Giving me the sustinence for an unfulfilled life So it would be better to die For the sake of others' survival I, a cell, suicide To save my kin...
  • Opinion > Current Events / Politics
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    America was founded based on desires for individual rights and freedoms, and it is the job of the American government to protect those rights. However, these liberties are slowly disappearing due to NSA surveillance technology and government terrorist intervention. Although individual terror can ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    It smells like home (But not completely) A subtle flavor of the sunsets through the mountains Standing above the lip of the valley Gazing down upon the blossom-drenched bowl of white and pink and violet The air's thinner up here But I can still breathe deeply Crisp life flows into my...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
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    Secrets, by nature, are heavy. They weigh on their keeper’s mind and heart, especially when they are dark. When hiding a secret, one is plagued with the dichotomous question: conceal or reveal? In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, two sinners must grapple with the conseq...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I saw your shadow against the wall and I turned around and our eyes met and yours reflected such internal terror and the air around us was ice cold and it was hard to breathe and I felt my insides twist and you broke my gaze and started running and I chased after you and the slaps of our footsteps...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Thank you, desk. Thank you for holding my textbooks and binders and plethora of notes Thank you for preserving your strong surface to support my indefatigable hands as they dance across homework assignments and laptop keyboards Thank you for being there at three o’clock in the morning as I ex...
  • Opinion > Social Issues / Civics
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    The United States is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse countries in the world. This creates a challenge when classifying those who live here. When I walk down the streets of Cupertino, I see a plethora of different races. Even though I am white and they are not, am I more American...
  • Reviews > Book Reviews
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    Sometimes, hopes do not turn into reality. An Na’s A Step From Heaven is testament to this harsh reality that many immigrants face when arriving in the United States. The book is a collection of vignettes from the childhood of fictional Young Ju Park, an observant and determined Korean-American ...
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    Death is a difficult thing to handle, even for doctors. Pauline Chen’s memoir Final Exam elucidates the paradox that medical professionals face at the end of life: they are surrounded by and deeply involved with the dying, but emotionally distanced from them. This is a challenge for even the mos...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    surgeons leave scars and so did you but unlike a surgeon who removes the very things that cause harm you implanted them...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Holding your umbrella over my hair Hair so wet it looked frozen Frozen like my heart these past days Days have passed in numbing confusion Confusion led to these rumors behind my back Back to the days when we could talk about anything Anything could have happened but this had to To hear you...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I always try so hard To do the right thing But the one time I chose to do wrong Was the one time that I lost Everything And forgiveness comes at a cost...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I lay On your chest And listen To the gentle tempo Of your breathing. My icy hands Are wrapped Around your narrow waist Tight As if you were my lifeline. You are In a way, I suppose. Without you, I would sink Down Into the snow Leaving not even a footprint Behind....
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I stand On the second-floor balcony Of the D building And watch the treetops Sway below me In the late spring breeze. And I remember This is where I kissed you Last December. This is where I sealed my fate As I pressed my mouth to yours. I bit the poison apple And fell into an eternal ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    You and I Used to be like Hydrogen and oxygen: Always together. You were the polish to my shoes: You helped me shine. The eraser to my pencil: Helping me fix my mistakes. You, the crust to my bread, Always wrapped around me, Protected me, No matter what. But lately, we’ve been inc...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I guess I was just too attached And you know how hard that is for me to admit Because baby I need you like the sun needs the moon to help it shine I can still taste your love on my skin And it kills me to imagine another girl memorizing every part of you Because I held the key to your heart f...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Lips upon lips You whisper your sweet candy-colored lies Into my open mouth And seal them with a kiss. Foolish girl I was I trusted you And all I got Was a shattered heart And blue bruised lips...

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