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Journey to a Strong Back

Write for the Future | Posted 08.28.2015 | Education
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by Kyle Borden Happy birthday, Kyle! Really? Two days after I turn 16, I feel like an old man. I am lying in a hospital bed. A nurse shorter than m...

Propelling My Voice

Write for the Future | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

by Jordan White As the youngest in my family by eight years, I was awkward, painfully shy, and tired of being verbally overshadowed. So, at 11, I d...

My Global Gateway: Food

Write for the Future | Posted 08.08.2015 | College
Write for the Future

The aroma of sweet jerk chicken and oxtails consumes my nostrils, blocking any scents of urban pollution the second I exit the 2 train. I always feel at home in Flatbush during the afternoon rush hour.

The Summer Wind of Change

Write for the Future | Posted 08.01.2015 | College
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The summers I knew were gone. Instead of flip flops, I wore sensible pumps. Instead of immersing my toes in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, I dipped my feet into adulthood.

Middle Child Girl Power

Write for the Future | Posted 07.26.2015 | College
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was exhausted, frustrated, but refused to release the smile on my face. For two hours, I repeated the words "circle", "triangle" and "square" as I stood before a classroom in a small school in the Floating Villages of Cambodia.

A Rough Field for Everything... Everything but Race

Write for the Future | Posted 07.17.2015 | College
Write for the Future

Unfortunately, I will probably spend my whole life disproving the stereotypes inside the minds of others. I will be forced to carry myself in a clean cut way that does not promote any triggers of black male stereotypes. In doing so, I will continue to be praised as an exception with compliments that don't feel like real compliments.

Following the Crowd as an Individual

Write for the Future | Posted 07.09.2015 | College
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A stampede gushes my way. Teenagers jump, leap and holler. They want to get closer to the stage, but a low fence is in their way. Security guards scramble to keep everyone from rushing over it, but it's too late. Hundreds of charging fans overpower them.

Discovering My True American Identity

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2015 | College
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I lived in America for the vast majority of my life, but I never thought of my country as defining or vital in my personal construction of identity. However, being a part of an international school community of people from different parts of the world does not dissolve the idea of nationality.

Signs to Good Words

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2015 | College
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Good Habits Live Long

Write for the Future | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
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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
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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
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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.

The Football Way

Write for the Future | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
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Whether I'm creating campaigns for Marriott to reach Generation Y, or selling solar water heaters in impoverished African villages, I view the challenges in my life as if they were playing out on an imaginary football field.

The Life of a Commute

Write for the Future | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
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When I bound out of my house to begin my 75 minute commute every morning, the neighborhood is dreary and empty. I find comfort on my tree-shaded block of well-kept row houses. Since birth, I have lived in the house Mom has called home since she arrived in Brooklyn from Panama 45 years ago.

The Character of My Boat

Write for the Future | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
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Boats are like movie cameras and can grow into films or stories themselves. When you think a boat's life is over -- dead, think again; its ending grows into a new beginning. Boats can have many lives, as long as their captain has a dream and a good work ethic.

Saving the Tempo

Write for the Future | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
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by Kyndall Ashe "We're leaving." "Leaving?" "Leaving." His voice struck me like a bullet through a wall of glass, shattering the peace I felt i...

Supplemental Essays: Amherst and Duke

Write for the Future | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Write for the Future essayists Anton Kliot (left) and Calvin Thompson (right) Amherst Supplemental Essays By Anton Kliot Amherst gave applicants t...