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Summer Camp Entrepreneur - 889 words
The first wedding that I planned was in no way a traditional wedding. Ten eager little girls decorated the printed invitations with sequins, buttons, and markers. The same energetic hands prepared the wedding feast, consisting of bagged lunches, blintz souffl, and of course a layer cake. On the big day I looked around with excitement. Again, I noticed something odd about this wedding. All the participants and guests appeared about four feet high. The "groom" had long hair pinned up with brown lines on her face (was that supposed to be a beard?) The wedding location, a back yard with a swing set and a wading pool, seemed far from romantic. This wedding however was not supposed to be one of th ...
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Racism - 1,378 words
If there is one thing that the OJ Simpson trial will be remembered for, it is the racial polarization felt by all who have an opinion of the trial. Even though the trial itself was a farce, it does say something about where we are today as an American culture. It seems as though the racial divide is growing ever wider in our culture. Terms such as African-American or Irish-American are only helping to expand separation based on ethnic background. Just the fact that people insist on being identified with a country where the last known ancestor left one hundred fifty years ago speaks volumes of America's 'melting pot'. It is only logical that this behavior has manifested itself on todays colle ...
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Go Ask Alice - 678 words
I read the book, Go Ask Alice. The author was anonymous. The main character was a girl, and her name was not mentioned. It was written as a diary. I thought that this book was very interesting because it was true; it is based on an actual diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user. In the beginning, she has a break up with her boyfriend and is anorexic. She eats very little. She overcomes that obstacle though. The girl moves because her father gets a job at a university as a professor. She moves with her father, mother, brother Tim and her sister Alex. She has a hard time fitting in at her new school. She hates it. One day though, she meets a girl named Beth. Beth and she talk about boys and drug ...
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The Things They Carried By Tim Obrien - 998 words
What did they carry? Was it just their standard issued gear? Was it relics from the world? Or was it something more sinister? Tim OBrien explores these ideas and many more in his heart stopping, breath taking, uniquely sad but true book, The Things They Carried. OBrien, a victim of the Vietnam War himself, shares with us stories that he endured while in the Nam. Moreover, I believe that this book of his was much more than a collection of stories. I believe this book was not meant to entertain our imagination nor was it written to indulge our fears. Rather, I believe it was a plea to God himself; an apology to the Almighty for the horrors and atrocities committed unto his children through the ...
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The Wreckage - 1,072 words
Its New Years Eve 1989 and the dawn of another boring decade is upon us. At least that was my opinion as I sat in my car driving to my friend Rons party. It was going to be the best party of the night. Everyone who was anyone in the Senior class was going along with a few juniors and sophomores. When I arrived I saw my girlfriend Cindys car parked along the side of the road along with about thirty or forty others. I was rather glad she was already there because I hadnt seen her for a few days because I was off visiting relatives for the holidays. As I parked my car and got out a few of my friends called out to me so I went over and talked to them for a few minutes before going inside. As I s ...
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Farley - 981 words
"Dear Lord, as I stumble through this life help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more happiness than gloom, spread more cheer than despair. Never let me become so blase that I fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child, or a twinkle in the eyes of the aged. "Never let me forget my work is to cheer people, make them happy, make them laugh, make them forget at least for a moment the unpleasantness in their life. Never let me acquire success to the point that I discontinue calling on my Creator in the hour of need, acknowledging and thanking Him in the hour of plenty. And in my final moment may I hear You whisper, 'When you made my people smile, you made Me smile." This prayer ...
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Turning Point - 363 words
Study in America since 15 years old was the biggest turning point in my life. I was told by my parents that I have to go to America, after finish my freshmen year in high school. Thinking that I have to live in the different society and the foreign-speaking environment, I was both thrilled and scared. It was in the summer of 1995. I had attended the summer camp call August House It was the program for international student to improve their English skill before the high school in America. I had spent four months in the camp that was located on Martha Vineyard Island. I had a great time meeting people from many difference countries. I spent four full months with student from Japan, Korea, and ...
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Smog - 1,158 words
... udied a group of 6,340 Seventh Day Adventists living throughout California (62% lived in the Basin). Results of the study suggest a relationship between long term exposure to air pollution and the development of specific chronic diseases. Residents living in areas which exceeded state and federal standards for suspended particulates on 42 days or more per year had higher risks of respiratory diseases, including a 33% greater bronchitis risk and 74% greater asthma risk. In addition, women living in those high particulate areas had a 37% higher risk of developing some form of cancer. oIn 1987, Drs. Russell Sherwin and Valda Richters of USC examined the health of 152 young people, between t ...
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Ross Tilley - 1,415 words
I have chosen to do my biographical assignment on Dr. Ross Tilley. I became interested in him when I heard about him at the summer camp I worked at this year. He used to own the property of Camp Hollyburn until he sold the property to my boss' father, Ted Yard Sr. Before camp started we had to learn about the camp, and his name came up repeatedly, My boss talked about how he used to bring war burn victims up to the camp to discuss their struggle with being burned and to get away from the busyness of the city. It is a beautiful property and the lake is actually named after him to commemorate all that he has done. Ross Tilley was born in Bowmanville, Ontario. His father was a local practitione ...
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Lemieux - 463 words
Hello, my name is Raul and I am currently a junior at Duquesne University. I also work part time at a daycare center in Orib, which is a small town in Pittsburgh. I understand that you must get thousands of letters each year, and I hope that you know how much I appreciate that you are reading mine. The main reason I am writing to you is to ask for your assistance. At the daycare I work at, we have recently been touched by a young boy named Joseph. Joseph currently is fighting cancer of the kidneys. We raised money for his family over the holidays and they have continued to steal our hearts over the past month. We have kept in touch with them and they are constantly sending gifts of thanks fo ...
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Voudou - 1,034 words
... antage of girls when they're drunk." - Anonymous Respondent (College Alcohol Study Harvard School of Public Health) College administrators often identify student alcohol abuse as one of the biggest challenges they face. Yet, funding for prevention programs, on the increase until 1994, has never averaged more than a few dollars per student, not counting staff salaries. Experts complain that many alcohol education programs seldom involve more than a few posters, some brochures, and an Alcohol Awareness Week, all of which students say are largely ignored. Bill DeJong, director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention in Boston, thinks colleges have to change the ...
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Anorexia - 820 words
We all know that action is the key to success, and we always try to be the very best. But in a world that will try to knock you down you must have the strength to survive the final round. Growing up today you have to be wise because its hard to tell the truth when its covered by the lies. The world can be cruel and the world can be kind, but you had better step up or you'll be left behind. This is some of a poem that one of my friends from my support group had shared on the first day. But I shouldn't get to far ahead of myself, my name is Ender Olson, and I suffer from a very serious disorder, it is called anorexia. Some may say that anorexia is not that serious, but it changed my life, and ...
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Motivate My Indifference - 888 words
So what college do you want to go? asked Mrs.Scully. I want to go to Harvard., I want to go to Yale, a group of 3rd graders eagerly answered. That was 9 years ago, and nine years later like the small desks with drawers, my Arthur poster hanging on the wall, the dreams of Yale and Harvard too faded away. Maybe you are like me, for the very first time in my life, I felt something different, something slipped away; insecurity, agony and remorse. If you are like everyone else in the school, these dreams has been replaced with the constant repeat of GPA, extra-curricular, sports, after school jobs and AP courses. No gone the time when we roamed the fresh, green grass of the soccer field on a warm ...
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Cornell Admission Essay - 548 words
Tell us about opinion have you had to defend. How has this affected your belief system? I chuckle to myself every time I think about this. I am perceived as a mild-mannered, intelligent individual until I mention that I am involved in riflery. It is interesting to watch someone's expression change. It is as if I instantaneously grew a pair of horns and a sharp set of claws. Believe me this gets worst; I am a member of the NRA. I try to tell these folks that I belong to the NRA to fire my rifle. "Oh my God! You fire real guns? with real bullets?!?" they remark with a perplexed look on their face. Besides having horns and claws, I now possess a tail and leathery wings. This is how it began fiv ...
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Boy Scouts V. Dale - 469 words
James dale first joined cub scouts in 1978 at age 8, following in his families scouting tradition. He then became a boy scout in June of 1981. He was the model of a perfect scout. He was delegated to the National jamboree, a summer camp staff member, and a dedicated fund-raiser for the BSA. During High School he was even a member of naval junior ROTC, where he served as a company commander. In June of 1988, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which is awarded to just 2-3 percent of all scouts and is the scouts highest honor. After his 18th birthday, in August 1988, Dale applied for a adult membership and was asked to become an assistant scoutmaster of his former troop. Dale went on to go to c ...
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My Ideas On Learning English - 519 words
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished judges and my dear friends! My name is Jin Zhao, a sophomore from College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University. Standing here, in front of so many talented English learners, I would just like to share my ideas on learning English with you all. Last time when I was participating in this summer camp and talking about my ideas of how to learn English, I mainly discussed the importance of the cultural background of the English language. However, looking back to the past days of learning English this year, I found that I have devoted most of my time to learning new words and practicing reading. Learning new words is fundamental in learning a languag ...
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Social Psychology And Theories On Racism - 1,437 words
Aversive racism is a term use by Gaertner and Dovido to describe white Americans who have been socialized by the racial history of American culture, along with the cognitive tendency to categorize information which results in subtle, yet commonplace racial beliefs and feelings, while keeping strong egalitarian values. This keeps the aversive racist stuck between their learned negative view of other races and their egalitarian values and beliefs. The sources of the negativity that underlies the aversive racists racial attitudes and provide the motivation to be prejudice are either internal or external according to Devine. Ones own internalized (self-prescribed) standards or guides for regulat ...
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Go Ask Alice 2 - 1,011 words
Go Ask Alice! Alice is fifteen, white, middle, class. She diets, she dates. She loves Roger but the most time he doesn't notice her. If she would ever sleep with a boy she would sleep with him. Alice hates her look. She wants to be pretty and slim. Lately she loses fascination about all things. School is boring and she doesn't even go to parties. Her parents want to move. Her Dad is invited to become the Dean of the Political Science at - . Alice is happy and is not hard for her to leave the old school. But she misses her old house and her grandparents who she calls gramp and gran. Alice has a brother called Tim and a sister Alexandria. The two are younger than Alice. At her new school it is ...
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