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The Football Way

Write for the Future | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
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by Bryce Joyner Whether I'm creating campaigns for Marriott to reach Generation Y, or selling solar water heaters in impoverished African villages...

The Life of a Commute

Write for the Future | Posted 01.23.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

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 01.18.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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 12.19.2014 | Education
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Write for the Future essayists Anton Kliot (left) and Calvin Thompson (right) Amherst Supplemental Essays By Anton Kliot Amherst gave applicants t...

Faith & Science: Stages For My Imagination

Write for the Future | Posted 12.12.2014 | Education
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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 12.08.2014 | 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
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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
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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

Searching for My Identity and the Right House

Write for the Future | Posted 01.08.2015 | College
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The unknown path in Peru is as liberating as my view of the future. I am excited with the feeling of not knowing where I am going. The foreign is as comfortable as the familiar. Thus, I am satisfied not knowing my dream house since I will keep creating it as I continue to evolve.

A Mile in Nana's Shoes

Write for the Future | Posted 01.01.2015 | Education
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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.

My Kind of Brain

Write for the Future | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
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By Melck Kuttel Through the human eye, letters form up at attention, their ranks splitting off to make squads commonly known as words. Most can keep...

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Fit for Me

Write for the Future | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
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By Marlena Rubenstein At 12, I could barely run across the gym without gasping for breath. So if someone had predicted that I would one day run 3.1 ...

Being Thrown and Getting Back Up

Write for the Future | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
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I felt like I was at a funeral, not in English, my favorite subject. Laughing faces turned into frowns. It took forever for her to reach me, returning a 72 on a piece about Who's Afraid of Post Blackness? This grade threw me as hard as my horse Braun had thrown me out of my tack.

Wrestling with Collaboration and Individualism

Write for the Future | Posted 10.08.2014 | Education
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Well, I can jump too. I nervously hop and throw on a tough face, subconsciously (or maybe not) imitating him. However, I lack that little secret he seems to hold which bolsters his confidence. Welcome to my first high school wrestling match.

A Lasting Friendship with Music

Write for the Future | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
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I saw clouds of rosin dust rising in front of my violin. We played as if there was no tomorrow and, in a way, there wasn't, since this was Mr. Eckfeld's last concert as conductor.

Seeing the Game of Life Differently

Write for the Future | Posted 09.24.2014 | Education
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by Blair Weintraub As much as I remember my first seizure, my last one was even more memorable. I was 12 and it was one of the first times my parent...

The Courtroom Comeback

Write for the Future | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
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by Calvin Thompson I had always been at home with a podium in my hands, the crowd hanging on my every word. I never feared speaking in front of peop...

Singing in the Snow: Storms Produce Strength

Write for the Future | Posted 09.10.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Margarita Ren Titanium poles and I stand on a deserted Manhattan street corner. My parents, neighbors, even taxi-drivers, are inside, freezing de...