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Write for the Future | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Schuyler Van Amson Theatre rescued me from my own insecurities which developed after one traumatic moment, one week before starting second grade. ...

Where Education Became the Passion: My Mother's House

Write for the Future | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Amanda Honeywell Whenever I first mention "My Mother's House" to friends, they immediately ask: Why do you call your own house, "my mother's hous...

Leaving the Rest

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

Suffice to say that when I wrote the piece I was very single and engaging in a lot of wild sex to fill that illusive life void. The conclusion of the essay is deliberately open-ended, for at the time I was envisioning a hoped-for romantic life.

Two Dads and One Ideal

Write for the Future | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Write for the Future

By Evan Mabry I see my biological father leaving my apartment and my stepfather moving in on the same night. I don't really think my mom would allow ...

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

A Chinese-Jewish Christmas

Write for the Future | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Saru Nanda I am a Hindu who always wanted to trade in her religion during one month of the year: December. I could never resist my adoration of Ch...

Why Is Everything on the Internet a List?

Oren Mendez | Posted 09.27.2013 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

The possibilities for lists are endless. Anything in the world can become an amusing list. Just think of things that happened to you today.

Escapes to Myself

Write for the Future | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Vivek Kunnath Fresh air! Loud cars! Big people! That man on the corner who sells ice cream! These thoughts rushed through my infantile mind as I ...

Cultural Combo: Bullfight and Bat Mitzvah

Write for the Future | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Hannah Kliot Imagine James Holmes, the man responsible for the Aurora shooting, thrown into an Olympic-size stadium and stabbed by men on horses ...

A Christmas Miracle

Write for the Future | Posted 09.08.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by James Thompson I felt like a 12-year-old Danny Ocean or Robin Hood when I pulled off the most amazing Christmas heist. Maybe you can't really call...

My School Within a School

Write for the Future | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Justin Schnell I refuse to go to the School of Tears and Tutors--that overwhelmingly large school within my school. I have friends in Tears and Tu...

How Parents Ruin College

Paul Rasmussen | Posted 09.02.2013 | Parents
Paul Rasmussen

All parents (including me) are driven by a visceral instinct to aid and protect their children. It's hard for parents to watch their children struggle, especially if it's in their power to fix the problem.

A Model Education

Write for the Future | Posted 08.24.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Emily Carter #187. I am #187 in a long line of skin clad black jeans, faces gleaming with sweat and eyes drowned in hopelessness. We are puppets. ...

Why I Write About My Life

Lori Fradkin | Posted 08.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Lori Fradkin

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMy reasons for divulging information about myself in such a public forum go beyond money, notoriety or even, yes, ego.

My Platonic Conception

Write for the Future | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Idris Brewster He merely tapped my shoulder. His voice was calm and even friendly, but the words were frightening: "Give me everything you have o...

Isms

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

The Khmer people, they of the lovely almond skin complexions and river stone eyes, have a way of expression, perhaps like none other I have, or will e...

Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.

Influences that Last

Write for the Future | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Stephan Morse I have a sister who is bubbly and energetic, parents who are both supportive and caring, but one of the two people who has influence...

Doctors Without Orders

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

It started, as so many things in Cambodia often do, with Angry Birds.

A Mind That Travels

Write for the Future | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Lynnette A. Dent The bullet pierced my chest. I fell and struggled for life in an Iraqi desert. Blinding sand flew everywhere as soldiers kicked t...

My Favorite Cupcake

Write for the Future | Posted 07.27.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Sydney Sykes I invented a cupcake for a student business competition last summer and the creation best describes me: vanilla cake, chocolate fros...

Multiple Homelands, Or None At All?

Write for the Future | Posted 07.24.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Ravi Popat I have been homeless for almost 18 years. Or maybe, I should call it "homeland-less." I am a citizen of France, was born in England, am...

Death: Losing a Friend and Learning

Write for the Future | Posted 07.24.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Chloe Mondesir She was more than a best friend. As an only child, she was the sibling I never had. I lost her on my third day of high school. I wa...

The Killing Tree

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

The land is green, rolling and gentle-seeming in the way only places far from home can seem. Valleys are carved into the ground, covered in carpets of silky grass and steadfast moss.

Can Divorce Turn Kids into Stronger Adults?

Write for the Future | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Write for the Future

Two Write for the Future College Admissions Essays inadvertently address the question as the writers explore the impacts of their parents' partings. ...