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  • 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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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    I’ve always liked watching the stars And when my gaze caresses you It’s like I’m flying 1,000,000 miles per hour Through unknown planets and mysterious nebulas Traveling the universe without taking a single step And when your eyes meet mine It’s like the stars collide And galaxies e...
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    Oh, my goodness. Thinking of you is enough To make my heart light up And spin out of control Enough to elate, create, To flush my face red And no one else knows; I’d rather it stay that way. The explosion of joy I cannot contain You give me happiness. Blissful, wonderful happiness. ...
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    I checked the carton. “Expires in a week”, it advertised. Should be okay, I assumed, Pouring it over my cereal. I sat down And took a bite. And at that first spoonful, I could taste it: Sickly sweet, clumpy, tangy. Sour milk. I dumped out that bowl And scrubbed my teeth and tongue...
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    I like the bitter taste of green tea Because it’s refreshing in this sugar-sweet world Where everything’s perfectly perfect Sweet and happy and wonderful But really, the world isn’t like that The world’s sour sometimes And isn’t always yummy You can’t always coat the unpleasant ...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    Ricky Williams once said, “I don't think people change […] the essence of what I am today is the same as when I was five years old”. I believe that this is true, and my beliefs were confirmed by one fuzzy, friendly horse. In the late spring, horses shed their thick winter coats for sleek su...
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    There is a moment encapsulated within a photograph framed on my dresser In it, my mother embraces the newborn me My mother's eyes and smile glow with the joy brought by the birth of her precious child Every time I look at that photograph, tears leak from my eyes Burning like a...
  • Poetry > Sonnet
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    Rosepetals rain from the ceiling Pictureframes flip inside out Tables and chairs begin feeling Daydreams rush out of the spout Butterflies crafted from money Treebranches draped in despair The clouds insist it is sunny Nurseryrhymes float through the air Mapleleafs fade into color Shootin...
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    My body is composed of rapidly-combusting carbon compounds When I encounter oxygen, I implode And emit water and carbon dioxide and heat I am exothermic I release heat instead of kind words or empathy or positivity Because of this, I am dangerous A system that transfers energy into its surro...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    They stood pressed against each other as if they were one, their jellybean-shaped bodies merging into a single being. Their patchy hair was the hue of arena sand under a cloudy sky, offset only by the mocha-brown shading on their muzzles. Their tails were nothing but ragged strings of an overused...
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    What if opinions were forbidden? This question does not cross the minds of women in Westernized countries, who generally enjoy their rights to free speech and expression. However, females in Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are often denied these rights. For centuries, women of these...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    I attend one of the most competitive schools in the nation. My high school has a US News and World Report ranking of #2 for STEM, an API of 956/1000, and an average GPA of 3.85. At a high school overflowing with so many bright and brilliant teenagers, it is easy to feel worthless. Which is how I ...
  • Opinion > Social Issues / Civics
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    Imagine one of the many influential leaders in today’s society. What are the qualities that make them compelling? In order to be effective, leaders must understand and empathize with their people. Also, they must be powerful and popular: a leader who is not well-liked will most likely not b...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    "You must do well," he warned, "Your sister was always so lovely." Of course she was always lovely: She was his wife. He wouldn't marry anyone other than perfection. He has rested all his pride atop your narrow shoulders; He has piled all his hopes on the possibility that her spirit re...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    You can see the frost gathering on her eyelids Crystal tears freeze into tiny fractals on her pink cheeks Peach fuzz You press your hands against the frigid snow Your heart is ripped raw into tattered upholstery Too heavy to stand This is your fault She was too innocent Too pure ...

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