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About RachelAndersen96:

I spend a lot of hours in the gym doing gymnastics. Writing is a passion of mine. It helps me express myself and I want to speak through my writing. I want to show that nothing is impossible, and it's just your mind that says you can't do anything.

Articles and Art by RachelAndersen96:

Photographs section, Teen Ink
standing still
Photographs section, Teen Ink
let it play
Photographs section, Teen Ink
standing up in the darkness
Photographs section, Teen Ink
The tree
Photographs section, Teen Ink
standing still
Photographs section, Teen Ink
The Person in the Mirror
Hot Topics section, Teen Ink
Who are we?
Poetry section, Teen Ink
sparkling grape juice
Photographs section, Teen Ink
shadow of a glass
Photographs section, Teen Ink

RachelAndersen96's favorite work by others on TeenInk.com:

Hot Topics section, Teen Ink
Never Surrender
Guide section, Teen Ink
Dear Future...
Nonfiction section, Teen Ink
How did you know
Fiction section, Teen Ink
forgetting all the bad things
Poetry section, Teen Ink

RachelAndersen96's Favorite Personal Quote:

You give up your childhood. You miss proms and games and high-school events, and people say it's awful... I say it was a good trade. You miss something but I think I gained more than I lost. Mary Lou Retton.

Another quote by her: Each one of us ha"Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit."

Favorite books: shooting monarchs, little girls in pretty boxes, The Secret Garden, chalked up 
Favorite authors: sarah dessen 
Favorite music albums: Smoke and Mirrors 
Favorite music artists: killers, the fray, creed, lifehouse, one republic 
Favorite movies: Miss Congeniality, Stick it, speed, up in the air 
Favorite movie stars: Sandra Bullock, Missy Peregrym, Christopher Meloni 
Favorite TV shows: Friends, Bones, Law and Order SVU, Castle, Desperate Housewives 
Favorite actors: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow 
Favorite gadgets: cell phone, ipod, computer, tv, camera 
Favorite hobbies: gymnastics, writing, taking pictures, listening to music, reading articles on teenink.com 
Favorite heroes: Shawn Johnson 

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