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Meral Barlas
Meral is a 16-year-old high school student in Atlanta. She is the co-founder of her school's creative writing club. She loves old films, old music, and anything vintage. Music is her passion; she participates in Chamber Chorus and also plays piano. Traveling Europe, and eventually the world, is on the top of her bucket list.

Entries by Meral Barlas

Looking Through the Screen

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Back in May of this year, a video on YouTube titled "Look Up" went viral. Almost everyone I know has watched it. If you haven't, I'll fill in the blanks. It was an inspirational poem about taking a break from technology and how you can miss so many great opportunities...

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The World in Black and White

(4) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 1:03 PM

When I was little, one of my favorite movies was The Little Mermaid II. I know, random movie to like. There was one specific reason why I loved this film so much -- Ariel and Eric's daughter, Melody, had long, black hair. As a black haired, brown-eyed Pakistani, this excited...

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Will I Ever Need To Know This In Real Life?

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 9:36 AM

School. That one word sends shivers along the spines of students around America. As the alarm rings, you groan and drag yourself out of bed, hoping this day will go faster than the last. But oceans apart, there are many children who wake up excitedly to be able to go...

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Of Racism, Ignorance and Food

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 11:49 AM

A little more than two years ago as I stepped into the school bus, I heard someone call out to me, "Hey, did you know they found and killed Osama bin Laden? I bet you're sad that he's dead. He was probably your cousin or something."

I glared. Who the...

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A Book That Changed My Tomorrow

(8) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 11:44 AM

It all started many evenings ago as I lay on the couch, watching the 83rd Academy Awards with my mother. Amidst the glamorous sights, a clip of a seemingly boring movie flashed across the screen. My mother turned to look at me and said, "You should read that book. The...

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