“Oh, my god…No!” my friend Tory hollers over the silence of the audience as the medical team rushes over to her boyfriend Brian’s lifeless body on the grass. For a few minutes, but what feels like an eternity for my friend, her boyfriend lies motionless on the ground after suffering a blow to the […]
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Dear Volunteer Veteran, Thank you for being a model of a humble, altruistic volunteer to our group and the others involved with Appalachia Service Project (ASP). Before our encounter, I had never met anyone so invested in helping a cause;
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My wise fifth-grade teacher once demonstrated to the class the importance of treating others with respect by using just a single piece of paper with a stick figure drawn on it. During the presentation, he stood at the center of the room and stated that the drawing represented a person being bullied, as he crumpled the […]
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When I was younger, my mother read to me and my sisters out on the porch during humid nights in August. She would borrow one book after another from my local library. Read More
It all started with an essay that would cause me to choose English as my major in college. There was a regional “Education Essay Contest” when I was in ninth grade, but my lack of confidence was so palpable that I almost chose not to enter. Thankfully my admiration for my teacher trumped my doubts […]
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The Munich Symphony Orchestra was one of the most thrilling performances that I watched during my college years. Overall, it was light and made my mind wander. At first, I felt rude and tried to stay fully focused on the concert, but then I allowed the music to carry me to a different place with the […]
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There’s always somebody out there who wants to bring me down,
The same person who strives to see me frown.
Trying to kill my pride,
Though I have little left inside.
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