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  • Hot Topics > Pride & Prejudice
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    “Can you please tell your mother what I'm saying?” I am the daughter of two Nigerian immigrants. All my relatives live in the same state as us, no more than an hour's drive away. Growing up in this close-knit community sheltered me from people and events like this. “Can you please tel...
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    My glossy black pumps carry me into the reception area. I sit across from the door where someone is waiting to change my future. I open my folder again, as other kids around me have done, and review it one last time. As I take in my résumé, my competition mocks me in my mind: these winners of s...
  • College
    Guide > College Essays
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    In the front of the room, there is a desk covered with textbooks, novels, and essay anthologies, right between the blackboard and the LCD projector. Around the “lectern”—though Mr. El-Amin never restricts himself to one area of the classroom while teaching—sit our desks begging to be moved c...
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    Books with strong female leads are always refreshing, especially when the girl is masquerading as boy. Goodman's Empire of Celestial Dragons is a wonderful fusion of Japanese and Chinese customs: it is deeply rooted in the importance of rank, veneration of elders, and secrets that are characteris...
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    The Broken, the ones who’ve lost their hearts, The Breakers, the ones who’ve broken their share; The Broken, the ones who’ve cried their eyes out, The Breakers, the ones who can’t seem to care; The Broken, the ones who feel they can’t go on, The Breakers, the ones who never stop; ...
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    I am blind to the good of this world I can’t see the diamonds in the rough I can’t tell the gems from the worthless stones I can’t see worth in the garbage that chokes me There’s so much That I’ve drowned in it It made me twisted I became the monster in your dreams And I am the mon...
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    When I write… I use up pens in a week or two And have a box of back-ups just in case It consumes all my time Because it only lets me go for a second’s breath When I write… It’s satisfying It’s maddening It’s my salvation It’s the source of all my grief It’s my best friend ...
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    This could have been a love song If you hadn’t been so wrong About which girl was right It took you all night To choose the wrong girl With the bouncy black curls I’m your friend But I won’t pretend To like her Your relationship was a joke Your heart she took and broke With all of...

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