IkyaKandula_online

Puke in my hair

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You can complain about kids on planes and restaurants all you want, but I refuse to even humor the rants until your six-month-old brother throws up in your hair as an act of indigestion (and love).  As a seventh grader and a recent adopter of uneven side bangs courtesy of
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MadelineWellsOnline

Confessions of a teenage fangirl

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When I was a freshman in high school, I went to see My Chemical Romance. It was my first concert, and my friends and I arrived at the venue hours early to get a choice spot in line. We doodled MCR lyrics on our arms in Sharpie and painted each
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Alex Yoon-Hendricks_online

Boarding call

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There are about 100,000 sardine cans flying through the sky each day. Of the billions of people who fly each year, this passenger has had enough — and for good reason. Sure, it’s a “modern” and “fast” form of transportation. Who cares that airplanes and airports are the quintessence of
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CamiJettaOnline

The Millennial’s place in history

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This past winter break, I was fortunate enough to come by a ticket to the hit rap musical “Hamilton,” about the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, on Broadway. The show is as good as the critics say and better, in part because the libretto’s composition is almost entirely in
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SummerLangtonOnline

Roll on, Bear House

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During my sophomore year at UC Berkeley, I lived in a big, blue house on College Avenue with several wooden bears in front of it. Because of its notable appearance, it is commonly — and lovingly — referred to as the “Bear House.” During my time there, it was home
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RachelFederOnline

One-liners

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“If you keep playing with your hair like that, you’ll never have Pocahontas hair,” the lady at the fancy Aveda salon where I had gotten my childhood haircuts told me. As a young girl borderline obsessed with both princesses and their hair, this was the largest of damnations. I went
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AndreaPlattenOnline

In sickness and in symbolism

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She’s had cancer since my freshman year of college. I’ve always shoved the thought of it to the periphery of my mind, determined to receive the typical college experience and enjoy “the best years of my life,” as they’re called, maybe not so aptly. And for the most part, I’ve
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Rosemarie Alejandro_online

Make it rain

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I’ve always wanted to be a hurricane girl. You know the ones. The main focus of wispy young adult romance novels, the classic Zooey Deschanel manic pixie dream girl, the sepia-toned, soft-focused, sundress-wearing, two-legged concept of a female that boys always fall madly in love with. At least, that’s what
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MalloryPitmanOnline

Life without snubbing

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My 13th birthday has just passed, and my grandma and I are at Forever 21 spending my birthday money on a ridiculous cobalt peacoat. It looks awesome, I tell myself, and life is great until a group of cool girls from my class enter the store — without a parental
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AlexBarreiraOnline

Home for the time being

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Some might call it a labor of love if you’ll wake up at 4 a.m. for work. I didn’t end up loving my summer job as an opening-shift barista at the Starbucks in my hometown. In the afternoons, I had a better gig, writing stories in the office of the
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