Marching On - 670 words
Sweat dripping down my face and butterflies fluttering around my stomach as if it was the Garden of Eden, I took in a deep breathe and asked myself: "Why am I so nervous? After all, it is just the most exciting day of my life." When the judges announced for the Parsippany Hills High School Marching Band to commence its show, my mind blanked out and I was on the verge of losing sanity. Giants Stadium engulfed me, and as I pointed my instrument up to the judges stand, I gathered my thoughts and placed my mouth into the ice-cold mouthpiece of the contrabass. "Ready or not," I beamed, "here comes the best show you will ever behold." There is no word to describe the feeling I obtain through music ...
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Allen Ginsburg In America - 1,585 words
Irwin Allen Ginsberg was born on June 3, 1926 in Newark, New Jeresy. Louis Ginsberg, Allens dad, was a published poet, a high school teacher and a Jewish Socialist. His wife, Naomi, was a radical Communist and nudist who went tragically insane in early adulthood. A shy and complicated child growing up in Paterson, New Jersey, Allen's home life was dominated by his mother's bizarre and frightening episodes. A severe paranoid, she trusted Allen when she was convinced the rest of the family and the world was plotting against her. As Allen tried to understand what was happening with his mother, he also had to struggle to comprehend what was happening inside him, because he was consumed by lust f ...
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Kerouac A Failure In His Own Eyes - 1,302 words
Jack Kerouac was the spark that started the flame of the Beat Generation though, through his own eyes, he felt like a failure. Jack keyed the term beat generation in a conversation with John Clellon Holmes, another of the beat generation poets, in 1948 (). The Beat Generation might not have happened without the help of Jack. What formed him into the blunt writer that he was, was his loving family, the death of his brother, movies, college, and newfound friends. Jack Kerouac, baptized Jean Louis Lebris de Kerouac, was born to Lou and Gabrielle Ange LEvesque on March 12, 1992 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Jack had two older siblings: brother Gerard, five years older than [whom he looked up to], an ...
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Dancing With Anorexia - 773 words
September 5, 2000 Writing from Recall (final draft) As a young girl, nothing made me feel more grown-up than getting ready for holidays with my mom and her sisters. The women on my moms side of the family gathered in a spare bedroom of my grandparents home and prepared themselves for the festivities. The excitement was exhilarating and I felt special to be included in this sacred ritual at such a tender age. Make-up cluttered the vanity, countless articles of clothing, pairs of pantyhose, socks, and shoes littered the bedroom floor, and the noise from the constant conversations was deafening. As much fun as we had during those times, the core of these memories for me is the focus that was pl ...
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Legalization Of Marijuana - 1,564 words
When Olympic officials decided to give snowboarder Ross Rebagliati his gold medal back, the cheers drowned out the boos. It was a minor scandal involving a minor sport, but it spoke volumes about the world's shifting relationship with its favorite illicit drug. Marijuana. A decade ago, Rebagliati would have been ostracized regardless of whether cannabis was on the list of his sport's banned substances. What's changed today is that our attitudes towards illegal drugs are becoming more sophisticated and discriminating. After thirty years of research into the harmful effects of cannabis, there can be no hidden dangers left to discover. We know that it is plain nonsense to regard cannabis as a p ...
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Cfgj - 658 words
My name is Aaron H. Fisher. Currently I am a senior student at Foothill High School, in Redding, California.. I am looking forward to graduation and continuing my education at the University of Redlands and pursuing a B.A. in History. I am blessed with a great family. My brother and sister are my best friends. My older brother, Ryan, attends Chico State University and my sister, Danielle, attends UC Santa Barbara. I am the youngest member in my family and look forward to following in my siblings footsteps by attending college. We are a very active family that enjoys hiking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, fishing, camping, golfing and traveling. At an early age, I was exposed to lifes little cha ...
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Two Souls - 1,945 words
Henri Rousseau, the Dounier, as many people called him lived in a world of his own. It was a world filled with ghosts and goblins, eternal Sunday paintings, and simple worries. This world, I believe, I also share with Henri Rousseau. We are alike in many aspects of personality, talent, and friends. Not many people remind me of myself, but Rousseau is the only person to have done this. We are different in some aspects of our talents, because his lies in the arts while mine lie in sports. Our personalities are also alike in that we both exude a degree of innocence that many people like to test and take advantage of. Also, the way my career is developing and the way his did are along the same p ...
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Inately Wrong Filled With Inately Good - 3,064 words
... penitrate through most materials I know of, clothes have no chance!" "So, you said a lead. I mean, I could have said it was a girl who led it, but, who?" Coleby feels Derek is leading no-where usefull. "Ah, the lead." Derek grins. "There was a finger print on the material. The person it leads to could have in no way been the suspect, but it could very well become obvious who is." "Samantha," commands from behind coleby, a voice very well recognized. Coleby turns to see a man about 6' 2" with a black mustach and dressed to arrest. "Liutenent Johnson. You know something about this Samantha women?" Coleby asked wondering how Johnson could possibly know something of her when Coleby hadn't a ...
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First Love - 456 words
The first time I met my husband, the last thing I thought about him was that we were meant for each other. In fact, I believed quite the opposite. I was a junior in high school when I met Cole, and he was dating my best friend at the time, Gretta. There were so many reasons why I didnt like him. He never took her to our prom, she went by herself. At her graduation he sat in the bleachers as far away from the stage as he could, chewed gum like a cow with cud and did not applaud when his girlfriend won one award after another. At her graduation party, he found it hilarious to throw dead palmetto bugs at me while I was in the pool. I found him rude, his sense of humor childish, he had bleached- ...
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Research Paper On Theodore Roethke - 1,090 words
Theodore Roethke was born on May 25, 1908 in Saginaw, Michigan. He was born to Otto and Helen Huebner Roethke. In 1872 Roethkes father and grandfather emigrated from Germany. This is where Roethkes grandfather and father bought 22 acres of land and started a market garden. After making enough money they bought a greenhouse. In 1906 Roethkes father married Helen Huebner, also a German immigrant. This led to the birth of Theodore. While growing up, Roethke helped his father out in the greenhouse taking care of the flowers. While working with plants and nature this deeply affected him as we see it in his poetry. From all this time working with his dad Roethke gets one of his major ideas for wri ...
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A True Education - 1,106 words
Students from impoverished neighborhoods and students from economically secure neighborhoods; who deserves the best education? Better yet who deserves an education? In the opinions of both Mike Walzer and Mike Johnson everyone who desires an education deserves one regardless of their social or economic background. This is democracy at work, yet here is where the two men have their first difference of opinion. To Walzer, the goal of a basic education is to provide all students with the tools they need to succeed in life, while promoting social values and an understanding of democracy. This is all fine and well, but to Johnson education should prepare children for the world they live in and th ...
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Some Much Needed Guidance - 782 words
One of the most difficult transitions I had to make as a child came in the divorce of my mothers second marriage. Though my mother and I were strong, and always there for each other in time of need, it was still a big change and would prove to take some time to overcome. Even though the divorce was difficult it was definitely necessary. My parents werent getting along and the joy that was once found in the eyes of my mother finally ceased to exist. My mother and father had many long talks and, at first, tried to work things out. It was finally decided that saving the happiness of my mothers future would mean sacrificing the marriage. My father tried desperately to keep my mother from leaving ...
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Surviving High School - 709 words
By: Jakub Januszewski. Peer pressure? Is it true I will always come home with a blue eye if I wont obey juniors and seniors? Is it grades, popularity, drugs, or maybe sex I should worry about the most? I heard I will never survive college if I remain to be a virgin throughout my high school years, and I will never be safe in school if I wont try cigarettes and beer. What will my friends think of me if all I worry about is getting into a descent college? Funny how some students think isnt it? But they dont know that the best part about high school is that whatever you do, you will be respected for it in one or the other way. Being a cheerleader or a captain of a football team doesnt always ma ...
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None - 720 words
I cannot really tell you why I did not start earlier, Indiana being a huge basketball state and all. I mean, the movie Hoosiers was based on Indiana basketball and the importance it holds on the small, tight knit communities within the state. It just seems like it would be natural for me to begin playing organized basketball at an early age, but I did not other than the rough and tumble playground ball at recess. I began to yearn to play on a real team, and soon I would have my chance. It was the summer before the sixth grade, and I managed to talk my father into purchasing me a basketball and my mother into purchasing the rim. We put the rim up onto the shed and I began practicing. Every ev ...
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Always Tomorrow - 944 words
"There is always tomorrow.", or maybe the all to common, " I'll do it later.", these were a couple of my mottos when it came to getting anything of importance done! It never fails that when I need to get something done, it never happens. Or if it does then it comes right down to the wire. I think my life has come to be just a series of last minute choices that has really made huge impacts. So for anyone out there that can relate to me maybe some of this paper will hit home. Never put off for tomorrow what can be done today. Procrastinating is a dirty habit and only leads to bad GPA's and bad Sr. picture outfits. To begain with, procrastinating is the only way of life that I have grown to kno ...
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Why Learn A 2nd Language - 437 words
Learning a Foreign Language: How important Is It for Kentucky's Future Citizen's? In my opinion the state of Kentucky has had a good way of making laws to ensure the development of their kid's future. The law requiring high school students to take a foreign language in order to graduate and go to college is a good idea. Even in college, you are required to take a foreign language and if you had already taken one, you can opt to take a test that shows what you've learned. If you pass you are not required to take a foreign language. In our day and time there are many over seas relations and that involves different cultures which usually speak a different language other than English. Almost any ...
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Blasted Wabbitt - 674 words
Insomnia is the perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep because of one or more of the following: 1.difficulty falling asleep 2) waking up frequently during the nighttime with difficulty returning to sleep 3) waking up to early in the morning 4) unrefreshing sleep. Insomnia is not defined by the number of hours of sleep a person gets or how long it takes to fall asleep. Individuals vary normally in their need for, and their satisfaction with, sleep. Insomnia may cause problems during the daytime, such as tiredness, a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. A bout 15% of adults report severe or frequent insomnia, and another 15% complain of mild or occas ...
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College Application - 576 words
There goes Wile E. Coyote again, initiating the first phase of his plan. The rockets attached to his feet make him reach speeds fast enough to catch the Roadrunner. Oops! He accidentally put them on backwards. To his dismay, when he activates them, he shoots backwards into a cliff as the Roadrunner speeds off in the other direction. Even though he is in extreme pain, he gets up and starts formulating his next plan. He has the amazing ability to never give up, which I feel is a quality I share. Whether in the classroom or on the playing field, perseverance makes the difference between simply being average or excelling. Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House, once said: Persever ...
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Appealing To Whom - 1,103 words
As I sit here, I can think of few things in life more intimidating than staring at a blank computer screen with the cursor blinking in your face. How can I come up with the most catchy title or most creative approach to a school essay? How can I avoid boring my teacher to death with the exact same facts and general ideas that every other student in my English class is going to present? These are, for me, the most difficult aspects of writing for an assigned subject. I dont mind writing for myself. When I write for myself I dont feel forced or intimidated. The words flow freely from my pen or the keyboard, whatever the case may be. For instance, when I email, I cant type fast enough to convey ...
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Gender - 1,092 words
Perhaps it has become second nature for the human race to associate certain traits with specific genders. Moreover, maybe because society has taught us that this practice is okay, mankind does not bother questioning its validity. However, it is my opinion that this practice certainly does need to be questioned. Why is it that what is right for a man is not necessarily right for a woman? And to the same effect, what is acceptable for a woman is not always acceptable for a man. I spent my life surrounded by people who accepted these values and attempted to pass them onto me, and although some of them may have found their way into my subconscious, I must say that I tend to disagree with most ge ...
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