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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...
Every college student faces and has to get through a challenging and daunting process, such as essay writing. No doubt, everybody who has finished an essay knows for sure that feeling of job-satisfaction and relief. You spend so many hours, trying to find necessary information, plan the structure of the paper, organize the ideas, reflecting on a thesis statement and arguments, and finally you have the draft. In the ecstasy of joy that you have written the document, you may ...
His name appears in some books, perhaps the classroom. Yet, it’s like a burning star behind an opaque cloud. Not many people look up, and those who do can’t see him. But without a doubt- Vasili Arkhipov was a hero. An unsung hero, whose name was lost. He was Soviet Union submariner. He saved the world. He did so during the Cuban Missile Crisis, thirteen days of the Cold War when the future of the world wavered. The Soviet Union, Cuba and the United States held...
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman... They were never around when I was in trouble or needed help. The last time I checked they were superheroes, so where were they? Too busy saving the world? Well, they are not doing a good job at it either. The world is still a mess. They were not my heroes though they are called like that. So, maybe, I didn’t have a hero. At least I thought for a while that I didn’t have one. Then day by day, I realized all these people around me were doing so...
Sometime in our life,we come across a person who changes our view towards life and become our inspiration.. A hero is that person who always inspires us, motivates us,encourage us and always been there as our silent support, on whom we can rely upon when required..Though for world they are not known but for someone they are there real heroes. For me my real hero is " MY DAD". I still remember that day when I was in my high school and was living in hostel. Just three m...
Birney Elementary school like every other public schools. Students get in trouble and get detentions. Bullying happens all around the school. Student get into fights with one and another. The chance of stopping a fight or bullying is rarely because teachers or adults don't see it. Some students just didn't care if bullying happens or scared of telling to an adult. Now that has changed since someone took a stand. I have just moved from the Philippines to United States i...
We do not realize that our best friends are quite possibly the most important people in our lives. Best friends play many roles in our lives. My best friend acts as my mother when she tells me to turn off the television and do my homework, or how miserable I make myself by continuing to peruse an unhealthy relationship. My best friend is my rock when I have troubles that involve my ever growing distance from my family members. My best friend is the person who in an instant...
Among all the lessons I have learnt in my 19 years on this green planet, it is hardly surprising that the most important of them was taught by a teacher. Today, I want to share this lesson with you and hope that it helps you in your life.So this is my story. One fine day, while sitting idle in the class, Mam handed me a few notebooks which were to be distributed among the seventh grade students. I went. But my brain stayed back in the class, still idle. As a result, the ...
Do not mock the man on the street in the too-long overalls; had the situation been different, his inner worth may have surprised you. Never judge anyone whose heart you have not thoroughly understood. For hidden amongst your family and friends, hidden within those strangers on the street, heroes live. They are waiting. Tragedy is when the heroes are revealed within those you may have thought of as only average. I met a hero once. She was a woman, fifty something years ol...
Have I ever performed a random act of kindness? This question, simple as it may sound had me racking my brain for such an act. Some might consider a simple act of holding the door open a random act of kindness but for me, I see it as rather a common curtesy really. No, I had to dig a little deeper. Or perhaps helping a stranger pick up her dropped groceries could also be considered an act of kindness. Random though? Not so much. So deeper still.And then I remembered...
Kindness is a quality that is fading away nowadays, we witness on the contrary the arise of cold hearted generations that start from childhood. Kindness for me is an act of duty. In my opinion, if you are blessed enough to get what you want or need and sometimes more, then you should share your happiness with the less fortunate. Random acts of kindness are pretty much the rituals of my community and closely my surroundings. From the beginning of the day with the most ...
Many people tell me that their childhood was the happiest time of their lives, that they had a happy and carefree existence. But, that was not true for me, at least between the ages of 12 to 14. I was passing through an angst filled pre-teen stage, what I now call as "my dark days of gloom". I am an only child and I was practically ignored by my parents because in their never-ending quest of money-making, they used to work ungodly hours. I was friendless, a loner at school...
It was a very typical day for me....typical as in a hectic college time table, internship and traveling in the scorching heat of the ever humid city of Mumbai. For transportation, I mostly used the public transport. The public buses in Mumbai are indeed its heart and soul along with the famous local trains. Since, the distance from the internship office to my home was not much as to be traversed by a train, I opted for buses. Now on this random day, I am waiting at the bu...

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Below you will find all of the monthly writing contests and teen trend reports from the last five years hosted by StageofLife.com.  Our dedication to digital literacy efforts have reached over 1,000,000 students and teachers in the last half decade, received mention on TIME.com, and features in the news.  Feel free to click through and read the top essay submissions from any given month.  StageofLife.com is honored to be one of the most-visited writing contests for students in the world.  We love working with you as we celebrate the journey as life-long readers and writers...

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