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Class Clown to Class President

Write for the Future | Posted 06.19.2015 | College
Write for the Future

There was always something inexplicably attractive about receiving attention, so throughout my childhood, the sound of laughter was my muse. I had an appetite for approbation (clearly not from teachers, but from my peers).

Signs to Good Words

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2015 | College
Write for the Future

American Sign Language started with a casual comment from an eighth grade teacher. Visual learners tend to acquire skills in learning sign language.

A Brother to All

Write for the Future | Posted 06.03.2015 | College
Write for the Future

I saw many of my peers finding their own places in football, academic clubs, and the arts. They all seemed content, and I made it my mission to find my own comfortable niche at Lawrenceville as I had at my previous school.

'Why Columbia' and 'Pitzer's Values'

Write for the Future | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Write for the Future

Why Columbia By Victoria Van Amson Since my days at Greenhouse Nursery School, art on Columbia's campus has engaged me. Whether it is taking form ...

Influences That Last

Write for the Future | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I have a sister who is bubbly and energetic, parents who are both supportive and caring, but one of the two people who has influenced me the most hates my guts.

The Giant Deception of a First Impression

Write for the Future | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Leaving an overly nurturing environment was a challenge, but lessons from Mrs. Bessie gave me the ability to view the new world of public school with optimism. I expect to face many more transitions in life and, without a doubt, Mrs. Bessie will be with me through them all.

Ask 'Why Cornell,' and My Answer Starts With an iPod

Write for the Future | Posted 05.01.2015 | College
Write for the Future

My versatility does not end with my iPod -- it trickles into my academic life from history to math. I am drawn to Cornell's College of Arts and Science for the opportunity to explore my diverse academic interests.

Winning Without a Label

Write for the Future | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I spent years looking for a label to fit in besides "black girl."

An Education That Starts With Morning Rhythms

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

School for me does not start in the classroom. My lessons begin the minute I leave my house. My commute now shapes my identity in ways I never imagined when I decided to attend high school in the heart of Chicago.

Saved by the Television Station

Write for the Future | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

My principal thought I should stick to sports when I approached him with the idea of Redwood TV, telling me, "Redwood TV will end up being a waste of your time and the school's time." I proved him wrong, and he is now one of the strongest supporters of the station.

First Job Blues: Battles and Lifelong Lessons

Write for the Future | Posted 05.13.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I work very well with others and have always easily got along with most people. Given my personality, I never thought being a waitress at a retirement community restaurant would pose such a difficult challenge.

Good Habits Live Long

Write for the Future | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

My identity and story are built on passions and habits. For example, something in my mind and body prevents me from falling asleep without reading the hard copy of the front page of The New York Times every night.

Twin Views of George Washington University

Write for the Future | Posted 04.22.2015 | College
Write for the Future

It was love at the first class. I started studying French in sixth grade and it became my passion. Whenever I was alone, I spoke to myself in French. Eventually, thinking in French became second nature. French classes were not enough.

Like Uncle, Like Brother

Write for the Future | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Through Dan, I have learned that compassion isn't inherited, or taught at school, but rather something that is gained through experiences with people. My experiences with him have formed my appreciation of others and my ability to see the unique gifts of individuals.

Faith & Science: Stages For My Imagination

Write for the Future | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

By Laura Telfer I take a deep breath, close my eyes, and unlock my imagination. I allow my mind and body to become one, harmonize with my surroundin...

The Choreography of My Dreams

Write for the Future | Posted 02.07.2015 | Education
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By June Liu As I adjust my tutu backstage and stare down at my bare feet, the combination strikes me as odd. Doesn't a performance of "La Esmeralda"...

Hiking Beyond Facebook and Xbox

Write for the Future | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

After reading only the first lines, I found exactly what I needed to defeat Obama. Yes, I'd clobber the candidate that my parents supported. Sprawled on my beanbag in the corner of my room, I opened my laptop, skipped Facebook and rushed to my new first stop --The Week. There it was, the headline: "Fast and Furious."

Merging Lenses: Humanities and Science

Write for the Future | Posted 01.15.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I was in Egypt a year before the Arab Spring and saw deeply rooted social divisions well before the country cracked like an egg in January 2011. I stepped off of the plane into blistering Egyptian heat to meet my tour guide, Tarek. I

A Mile in Nana's Shoes

Write for the Future | Posted 01.01.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I slide out of bed around 5:25 a.m., the sun still preparing for a long day in the sky. It's pitch-black, except for the faint light at the end of the corridor, which leads upstairs to Nana's house. This illumination is my sunrise every morning. As my foot touches the cold tiled floor, I arrive at my early morning sanctuary.

Pokémon to Mediation

Write for the Future | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
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The civil war intensified. My two teammates fired shots at one another. I buried my face in my palms, avoiding the crossfire. The battlefield was a dorm room at the California Institute of Technology two summers ago.

Challenging the Uneasy in Real Life and Fiction

Write for the Future | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

I first met Ken and Phillip the night before at a gathering on the Norwegian Gem Christmas cruise. The gathering seemed almost too good to be true. Eight teenagers began the evening as strangers and, within minutes, we were talking comfortably.

At Home with Aging Books

Write for the Future | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

My love of used bookstores started with a walk with friends. We were killing time before the late-night showing of a movie. We came across a billiards parlour, but weren't allowed to play because we were all 15. Then I saw it: a calvary of wooden carts on 12th street.

Living the Opera

Write for the Future | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Giorgi Ben-Meir Hand in hand, I walked with my older brother Sam into the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City. He was twe...

The Incarnations of Leadership

Write for the Future | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Parris Lloyd Five different people were calling my name. No, six people. Backstage, one of the singers was on the verge of a meltdown, screaming ...

Saving a Piece of a Family Portrait

Write for the Future | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Alyssa Morgan It's raining when I go into the subway station, but snowing when I exit. When I see the flakes I immediately reach for my camera, s...