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My uncommon cold

My uncommon cold

Raphy Gendler

October 12, 2016


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I was a little concerned when I was having heart attack symptoms at age 17. O.K., I wasn’t actually having a heart attack, or anything close. It turned out I had the most stressful common cold in recorded history. After an Ultimate Frisbee game one weekend, I started having serious chest pain and ...

Conquering the curls

Conquering the curls

Anna DuSaire

September 22, 2016


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Many girls with hair like mine grow up sitting between their mom’s legs as she pulls their hair into intricate designs of braids and beads. I, on the other hand, grew up not knowing what to do with my hair. My mom is white and had never dealt with hair like mine. Throughout most of elementary school, my hai...

Experience differs from expectations

Experience differs from expectations

Jayne Stevenson

September 4, 2016


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I arrived at Cornell University’s summer college program with the expectation of having one of the best experiences of my life. What I envisioned would be a three week class of learning and growing quickly turned into a reality that I never could have imagined. I anticipated challenge in multiple...

Embrace new opportunities

Embrace new opportunities

Yonah Davis

May 19, 2016


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On my first day at Park I walked into the large foyer feeling both nervous and excited for my freshman year of high school. Before switching to Park in ninth grade, I went to a private school known as Heilicher. I attended Heilicher from kindergarten through eighth grade. During my eighth grade year, we...

Embrace weird tails in life

Embrace weird tails in life

Olivia Sieff

April 13, 2016


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I used to think my family liked my dogs more than they actually liked me. Now, I’m positive it’s true. My family is a dog family — specifically, a golden retriever family. We currently have two dogs, Arnie and Sabrina, and they outshine me any day and not because of their many trophies. Both o...

Happiness first

Happiness first

Adah Koivula

March 10, 2016


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About a month ago, my uncle said I should stop talking about football like I know what I am doing. He continued to say girls shouldn’t talk about football like they know anything about sports and “guy stuff.” He said I was too young, uneducated and a female to talk about politics. It stung. These are ...

Be the change

Be the change

Jamie Halper

February 18, 2016


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Chopping off 10 inches of hair isn’t much in the grand scheme of things. For me, it’s simply the first real haircut I’ve had since sixth grade. But for someone else, hopefully it means a lot. When I donated my hair after winter break, I didn’t save the world — not even close. Nevertheless, m...

Perseverance after failure

Perseverance after failure

Shoshi Leviton

January 14, 2016


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I stood in the airport waiting to meet my roommate for the summer I would spend in Barcelona. I didn’t know anything about her beyond her Facebook profile picture, but I envisioned us becoming lifelong friends. When I saw a 6-foot-1-inch girl walking toward me, I knew it was her. She extended a...

A stranger saved my life

A stranger saved my life

Anna duSaire

December 15, 2015


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By simply looking at me, it is impossible to know I almost did not make it past 2 years old. I underwent multiple surgeries and took medication every day. I would not be here without the generosity of a stranger. I was born with Biliary Atresia. I didn’t have a complete biliary system, wh...

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