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The Myth of Adulthood

Annie Battles | Posted 07.23.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 07.09.2014 | 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 07.04.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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

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,...

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 ho...

Lessons in Trying to Sail the Ship of Life

Write for the Future | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Write for the Future

By Jamie Woodard I knew I could own the Mediterranean with my Pacific Seacraft 37. I jumped aboard ready to sail the endless plain of blue sea and ...

Why I Don't Mind The (Other) B-Word

Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.13.2013 | Women
Nina Bahadur

I have a lot of opinions, I like to share them, and I love being in charge. According to popular opinion, this makes me bossy. I'm completely fine with that.

NYC Living: My Successful Millennial Marriage

Lisa Bernier | Posted 10.07.2013 | New York
Lisa Bernier

So, yes, perhaps I can't commit to a marriage. Perhaps the way I see the world renders me forever incapable of the aisle, the white veil, the vows. Instead, I commit to a person. I commit to always being there for him, as he will always be for me, and I refuse to define it under so narrow a term of "husband" or "spouse."

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 ...

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 horse...

Becoming Maui

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

by Maui and Nile Adams Many people worship heroes. I created my own superhero in Ninth Grade. Or to be accurate, I turned into my own creation. I b...

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 cal...

Common App Changes and What They Mean to Applicants

Courtland Thomas | Posted 08.27.2013 | College
Courtland Thomas

The topic changes should not be entirely surprising, as these were announced in February -- although the lack of freedom for a student to compose a topic of their own choice will still be hard to swallow.

Values in Indecision over the N-Word

Write for the Future | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Chris Drakeford "If it ends with an 'a' it's 'a'-ok" explained Todd, after seeing my face cringe when he referred to his white friend as "my n...

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...


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...

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 influe...

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.

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,...