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I have a pet dog whose name is MAX. He is so cute but mischievous too. My uncle gifted me it on this new year eve. That time, he was just 20 days old. He loves to play and I always try to take out some drops of time from my hectic schedule to play with him. Generally, he used to play with his ball but his favorite toy is my brother's skeeters. He never let them go away from him. When he was just 1 month older, i took him up on my bed and he slept with me and as soon as the ...
It was a hot summer weekend while I'm watching a television program which talks about wildlife. For a 10 year-old kid at that time, nothing's more heart-melting in seeing sceneries of beautiful faunas enjoying their belongingness to nature. Like tall slender graceful giraffes sailing like winds above the green and brown grasses of Africa; and those enormous dichromatic pandas, swinging from one bamboo to another—these are perfect pictures of freedom. The reporter donned in ...
Constant flow of success stories about young entrepreneurs has made a start-up a dream-vocation way for school kids. Schools know it, and more of them are making quick steps towards the main basis of the field and getting understudy thoughts off the ground. In such a way, students have the necessary background to embark onto the world of their own business.These aren't only one more arrangement of applications. Some of these pupils discovered business prospects in improbabl...
  Pets are humans loyal companions.A house is incomplete without a pet since they are creatures which are capable in making our day brighter. I’ve always wanted a pet and I’m pretty sure I’ll own one soon .  This story is about my uncle’s little girl, Josie. Yes, it’s his pet but he treats her like his own daughter. Josie has her own sad flashback. She had a luxurious life with her first owner who were a French couple.Then it was time for them to return to their homeland le...
Jackie,Jackie!my boy, where's u?asked Mrs.happy kaur.she loved Jackie from the core of her heart and Mr.happy Singh too.the couple brimmed with enthusiasm since the day they brought that stray dog with great pomp and show as if he had completed their family.they fed him the best,they have him their best but never let him enter inside their living room.Don't know,why so? One Saturday afternoon,I found Jackie vomiting after eating grass from our kitchen garden:(.surprisingly,...
In fact, I know I'm in the minority here, but I'm not a huge fan of pets. Call me selfish, call me unable to adjust, call me whatever, but I can see myself living to old age and never having to deal with pets.I had a dog once when I was a kid. I couldn't have been more than seven. It was a year-old German Shepard, and I'd named her Susie, after Angelica's friend from that old show "Rugrats". I don't think she lived in my house for more than two weeks. It wasn't that I didn't...
At various stages of your life, you will meet people, who despite having a job try to get education again. Some colleagues will criticize them for wasting time and money however you know that it is a great investment and any attempt to better yourself will be rewarded. There are some common evidences that can distinguish a graduate student. Office Becomes a Warehouse of Academic PapersBeing a student means constant accomplishing of various research papers, essays, cou...
Growing up with a veterinarian and a dog breeder for parents, I have come to rely on the presence of animals in my life. I still remember being four years old, pointing to one of the newly birthed puppies, and stating with the utmost certainty that that was my puppy. Since this new liter had been born near Christmas time, I went around calling her “my Christmas puppy”. When my parents finally told me that we were actually going to keep my chosen puppy, I could not contain the...
I was never the kind of person who could remember their umbrella. Regardless of wind, thunder, lightning, or whether it was a drizzle or a storm, I always forget my umbrella. I am a perpetual umbrella mooch, clinging to the sides of friends and family for shelter underneath their often too-small umbrellas. I am also, ‘surprisingly,’ the kind of person who often forgets their jacket, regardless of weather or temperature. Maybe it is because I live in the South, but the tho...
Born and raised in Long Beach, California, weather has been good to me. I am more than used to the sunny days, with a slight breeze, and going to the beach during winter. I considered myself extremely blessed to live where I live. I turn on the weather channel and see that it is freezing in many states throughout the United States, and I feel spoiled because weather this year In Long Beach has been like a mild summer! I am lucky enough to never have experienced a terrifying w...
Some days I wake up and I feel like I have a thousand pounds weighing on my back, knives sending pain through my body. When I stand up from my bed, darkness creeps in from the edges of my eyes and I stumble. And when I walk out to my kitchen and look outside, I understand why my symptoms so much worse today. The sky will be dark and my backyard gray, the ground splashed with water or snow. The weather is known to affect people’s health. And it affects mine all the time. And i...
When the thermometer on my grandfather’s dashboard read 104°, I wasn’t surprised. It was July in Washington D.C. and just a few years ago, it had been in the nineties in April. Heat waves were to be expected in Virginia, just as April snowstorms were to be expected back home in Utah. It started off like any heat wave: unbearable when we were outdoors, but relatively harmless while we were lounging in my grandparents’ living room. We had flown in the previous day and the outi...
I still remember, it was one of those days where it was quite difficult to predict whether it would rain or not. The weather was quite cold with the cool breeze blowing and giving me a shivering.. Among the hustle bustle of the leaves and noises of the insect, Dad ,my sister Shruti and I were talking randomly whereas mom was busy preparing spicy pakoras- just a perfect snacks for a cold weather.. Suddenly it started raining making Shruti and me thrill at the same time...
I am standing there, waiting for the free kick, nervous for myself, nervous for my team, nervous for my coach. I just want this one chance. At the start of the game, it starts to rain. Half of my teammates get devilishly happy grins at the thought of slide tackling while the other half worry about their hair. JV, or junior varsity, soccer games are usually played out of sight in the back fields. However, for this one time we are front and center on the turf, under the...
Almost all students dream to win a scholarship as this is a chance to study at good institution for free and this aid implies that there will be no need to replace borrowed money. For winning any grant applicants need to have good scores and prepare required documents; but more than anything else the essay and interview determine whether you will win desired scholarship. High education is impossible without an important exercise such as essay composing. Whether you are le...
When we walked right past the train station, I died a little inside. He had insisted on walking me all the way home despite my cries of protest. In compensation for torturing me in such deadly weather, he bought us a cup of “hot” chocolate that did nothing to relieve my frozen lips. I smiled when he wasn’t looking, unable to rid myself of the idea that we were indirectly kissing each other. “Aren’t you so joyful that you’re in the presence of the amazing Joyce on this j...
​It was a cold day and snow began to cover the ground. This was the day I was taking the entrance exam for the high school that I wanted to attend. I was nervous before taking the exam and even more nervous as to what what the results would be afterwards. When the time came I found out that I passed the test and was going to be accepted to the school. Snow brings about a happy time for me. I feel good whenever it snows. On many different occasions, it seems that eithe...
It’s difficult not to admire fashion icon and blogger Tavi Gevinson. She’s definitely one of the most eloquent, mature and ambitious teenagers out there right now (she was even named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media list). Gevinson delivered a presentation at the TEDxTeen conference where the theme was, “The Wisdom of Not Knowing.”If you’re unfamiliar with Gevinson, you basically need to know that she started her famous fashion blog “Style Rookie” at age 11. Later on, w...
Usually, sleep is divine, when it's raining outside, midnight.When the transparent balls touch the ground, they produce a soothing sound in my ears.But, sometimes, when sleep doesn't gives me any goose-bumps, writing paves its way into my heart, trying to convert my passion into precision.That's why, I call myself a 'Writing Peacock'.....DURING, Daytime, when it rains and the small transparent balls fall on my face, I feel( tuck ),happy tears rolling down from my eyes to c...
One day I woke up and it was raining so hard that it was like a waterfall coming from the sky, so I laid back down and went to sleep again. Then after about 30 mins I then woke back up and looked outside and there was a little green thing with pointy ears, but no rainbow. So I thought that I was dreaming so then I went to the door and opened the door wide and there where not one rainbow but three of them....
when the sun shone brightly on every living soul,it is expected that we work in it,but when it rain heavily no living soul is expected to come out without a cotton made umbrella, i remember my time in a country it was so rainy over there and the weather was so cold. Been a stranger i washed as people wore their coat,I was helpless and cold in my light cotton made cloth,so i decided to go under a shade even though i don't have a coat to put on,i still need to be under shade,b...
Mother Nature has a way of consistently amazing and surprising humankind. Weather represents people, human nature, and human emotion. Many of us relate certain emotions with particular weather. Storms with anger, snow with play, sun with warmth and happiness. And just like us it is constantly switching, constantly evolving, constantly changing.What thoughts would race through your head, if you were caught in a hurricane on the coast of the Carolinas? Would you have fear? I f...
Margaret FitzgeraldFebruary 24, 2015Margaret.Fitzgerald2@quinnipiac.eduEleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Burn Down BeautyLittle jet black ants, the size of a two year olds’ pinky nail, crawl all over me. Swarms scurrying over my shoulders, the group growing larger and larger as it moves across my chest and up my neck. Chills run up and down my spine causing my head to twitch and cock to the left. My whole face being scratched by their tiny legs moving all over, coveri...
"Ugh,the studies which were once sacred to me are creating smudge!"whether I should go for post-graduation or should I shun my creative writings....let's me write my essay"Once, there was a girl who sacrificed her creativity for the sake of her mother.Her mother wanted her to earn a name and get fame by becoming a lecturer. But , nearly after 10 yrs. She had a call from a renowned publisherasking if she would write a novel.She sail yes.but won't take money for that for passio...
Inferiority is relative, a comparison of things that reveals a difference in quality between them. People, however, are different from things. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and it is which of these that we choose to emphasize that makes us feel strong or weak. The key words in that statement are “choose” and “feel”. We decide for ourselves which of those things we are, because in truth, we are neither one nor the other, but both at the same time. Trying to convince...


My lucky number has always been 14. It was my bus number throughout middle school; it was my number for every soccer and basketball game I played; it was the last two digits of the year I graduated; it was the age I got my first kiss. So, I didn’t expect 2014 to make me feel so inferior. Eleanor’s quote, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent," has even more meaning since the year of 2014. I’ve always spoken my mind and never let another person make me...
According to the quotation of Eleanor Roosevelt "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent"..This quotation is applicable to one and all..Feeling inferior is a part of growing up.In my teen I too have gone through some of these insecurities and fear about my appearance,about my look which ultimately made me feel inferior.But as I started to ponder about all these thoughts,I realized it's all about how I look at myself .Nobody can feel inferior complex without one...
The psyche is delicate, and depending on what stage of development one is going through, feeling inferior can drastically effect how one may turn out later on in life. However, as Mrs. Roosevelt stated; "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." There are many times in my life that I have felt both inferior and superior. What I've found out after enduring my teenage years is that you must become proud of who and what you are. You're walking and breathing fo...
"Live strong, die pretty", applicable to everyone living girl on this planet. Being a strong girl is not everybody's cup of tea. You need lot of courage and Strenght to survive in the world where your very own society plays a role of monster. Every corner, every person, every eye, and every mouth is ready to eat you up. I really don't understand people's mentality, on one side they want girls to the prettiest just because boys won't marry them if they're ugly, doesn't matter...
Silent hours are boring. Ear-splitting moment is fun.That was how I assumed things before. Happiness must always be noisy. But after I heard the tragic fate of the Filipino armies in Basilan, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), last November 3, 2014, my perception changed.It was just a typical day for the armies having their security patrol. They were deployed there to clear a certain road for the priest who would be taking it. But the clouds of darkness gath...

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