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Pokémon to Mediation

Write for the Future | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

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.

My Mom's Alive, But Her Eating Disorder Took Her From Me

Abby Norman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Abby Norman

By the time I started school, my mother's bulimia was a normal part of my life. But as I grew, her focus on my looks and her fears weighed heavily on me. It would take me years to figure out that it was never about me at all.

Challenging the Uneasy in Real Life and Fiction

Write for the Future | Posted 10.05.2014 | 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 09.28.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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...

How College Applicants Can Go Beyond 'Show Don't Tell'

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

"Show Don't Tell" has become less a piece of advice and more of a slogan. Students who haven't been taught to think deeply about writing might have heard it and still not know what it means.

How My Mother And I Are Handling Her Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Mardra Sikora | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Mardra Sikora

My mother is a character from a Tennessee Williams play... but without a Southern accent. I am her second child and was born when she was 16 years old. Her childhood was cut short and never spoken of in a way that imparted a sense of safety or innocence. Each man she ran away with she hoped would rescue her from the last. She gave up every child she bore to some degree.

The Incarnations of Leadership

Write for the Future | Posted 09.05.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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...

This Messy World

Richard Abrons | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Richard Abrons

A messy world? Oh, yes. But do some good and enjoy. Nothing wrong with that.

I'm a Domestic Disaster: Does That Make Me a Bad Woman?

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

I think I'm a pretty fun girl to have around. Yet on some level, despite my progressive ideals, I've always feared that my domestic inadequacies will prevent any man from wanting a real future with me -- when there are, presumably, Martha Stewart minions just waiting in the wings.

Fit for Me

Write for the Future | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

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 ...

The (Naughty) Joy Of Judging Other People's Parenting

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 10.11.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

At the end of a recent flight from San Francisco to Philadelphia, my neighbor took it upon himself to gnaw on the seat in front of me, coating the che...

Blue Cake and Cheese Cloth: Why I'm Not Mad Nobody Cooked for Me Growing Up

Annie Battles | Posted 10.04.2014 | Comedy
Annie Battles

Every year for my birthday my dad would pick up Chinese food on his way home from work, while my sister would make me a cake filled with blue food coloring. My mom would pick up a chocolate orange to give me.

A Lasting Friendship with Music

Write for the Future | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

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
Write for the Future

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 Myth of Adulthood

Annie Battles | Posted 09.22.2014 | Comedy
Annie Battles

Part of growing up, it would seem, is slowly realizing one's perspective is not the only one to exist. This realization is a slower process, however, than one would imagine.

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...

A Room That's a View: The Ostrich Theory

Annie Battles | Posted 09.08.2014 | Comedy
Annie Battles

About a month ago, a couple moved in. Their computers came; their furniture was all set up. In no time, the place felt like a home. I know this, because they neglected to install curtains.

Who Says Asians Don't Play Basketball?

Write for the Future | Posted 09.02.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Calvin Ng I was the only Asian freshman to make the Junior Varsity basketball team. My teammates questioned how I even became a Running Rebel. "A...

The Time I Threw Sand In My Cousin's Mouth And Blamed Him For It

Annie Battles | Posted 08.31.2014 | Comedy
Annie Battles

I've always been a little hard to contain. Some people call it joie de vivre, others, my psychiatrist included, call it ADD. One of the mainstays of my personality, and arguably a symptom of the disorder, is extremely impulsive behavior.

Fathering Minds: 7 Books for Dad's Shelf

James M. Chesbro | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
James M. Chesbro

My favorite fatherhood books are a compass at the end of a frenzied day. These seven works of literary nonfiction situate me in the fellowship of other dads pursuing understandings.

The Ultimate Superpower

KidSpirit | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
KidSpirit

Here in the silence, I have muddled over the nuances of high school, fought internal battles of right and wrong, and mused over scattered poetry. It is here in the silence that I have discovered more of myself.

Black Friday: Lessons Learned

Joseph Peterson | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Joseph Peterson

I was still a struggling student living in my parents' home with no real depth or power to the plastic in my wallet. But I figured, "what the hell" and my curiosity got the best of me; besides, my credit card wasn't maxed out so possibilities were technically endless.

A Source of Sensitivity

Write for the Future | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Nicole Hamilton The three of us were friends and known athletes on campus. We were talking as we stretched for the first day of relay practice,...