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When it comes being born with a special talent, I struck out harder than I did back in peewee T-ball. I couldn't do a full split, I lacked the voice of an angel, and I certainly couldn't awe crowds of people with a flawless recital of Beethoven's third symphony.



I won the lottery of life by being born into a world where I could be properly fed and clothed at all times. I live in a loving and supporting community, where education is so top notch that I sometimes take it for granted.

Ask for Help


I dropped my backpack onto my bed and ran to my phone. I answered on the very last ring and burst into a detailed explanation of my day only to hear sobs.



Even before I was born, my parents helped shape the world I would live in. My parents instilled in me the values that would make me successful. When I was barely in diapers they held education above anything else in life.

Above the Lights


Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

The Cognitive Wheels on the Bus


It’s four o’clock in the morning and I’m sitting on a school bus.

Should be halfway there, I think to myself. One more hour? I close my eyes and silently review ideal gas laws in my head.



Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.”



Trembling with all her disappointment and anger, she hides her face behind her knees. It seems like she will explode if anyone dares to touch her.



When I was in middle school, I struggled to find my passion and talent.


In the South, where I grew up, pork is a vegetable. Actually, it’s used as a “seasoning,” but so commonly that it’s almost impossible to find salad without bacon, greens without fatback, white beans free of pinkish shreds of ham.


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