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From Negative to Positive (Or Positive to Negative?) The Lurid Confessions of a Member of Teeny Bopper Anonymous
Janet Rosenbaum
Swarthmore College
From Negative to Positive (Or Positive to Negative?) The lurid confessions of a member of Teeny-Bopper Anonymous
Wow. Wasn`t I cool? Since this picture was taken, everything outside of myself – my appearance, my surroundings, even my superficial…

Challenges of the New Millennium
Anonymous
Swarthmore College
The advent of the year 2000 signifies a new world of hope and challenges for our country and the planet. With developments in technology such as the Internet, the world is coming closer together than ever. It is vital for the survival of our…

A Battle for Insight
Shannon Maene
Swarthmore College
“Kai houtos manthano.”* To most, they are meaningless words, incomprehensible and bizarre. But to me, their meaning is legion: secrecy, silence, concealment. They are Greek, and they mean subversive. I am a subversive, of the Greek persuasion,…

Learning to Write Good
Shannon Maene
Swarthmore College
If one were to ask me to relate a story of what had most troubled me throughout my high school experience, I would likely tell of my trials and tribulations as an ambitious writer in the hands of my English teachers. I, like sculptor`s clay, was…

Lesson Well Learned
Anonymous
Swarthmore College
The black and white keys mesmerized me, as always. They were of another ancestry – Steinway different from the Yamaha I owned; but as I sat on the meticulously handcrafted ebony bench, I felt at home. My hands floated effortlessly upward, and…

Running an Online Business
Anonymous
Swarthmore College
I clicked a button and created a canvas. A lonely, almost blank screen, it was one of thousands of standardized and tabulated web pages, with only my online moniker at the top to distinguish it as my own. That was my debut, an admittedly…

A Buffet of Knowledge
Anonymous
Swarthmore College
Why Swarthmore?
I consistently bite off more than I think that I can chew, but end up loving what Ive digested. To feed my intellectual appetite I wish to go to a college with endless options and opportunities, and I believe that Swarthmore is…

Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Anonymous
Swarthmore College
Please write a personal statement.
The day Kurt Vonnegut died my friend Becca called me crying. So it goes,? I said, and we chuckled in spite of our sadness. We had become devotees of Vonnegut since our introduction to Cats Cradle two years ago,…

Musings to FoFo
Anonymous
Swarthmore College
Wow, have I really been away for only 48 hours? No, that`s simply not possible; you must have been abducted by aliens and traveled near the speed of light to have lost such sense of the time, puppy dear! I`ve doubled my chips at Casino night, read…

Going the Extra Mile
Alex Nichamin
Swarthmore College
The excitement, first felt in my stomach, is building within me. Weve almost reached the place that will enable me to begin every day of the next two weeks happy and satisfied. Ive been craving what awaits me inside this place for the last ten…

Modesty. Simplicity. Practicality.
Anonymous
Swarthmore College
I could not understand. There was no sign of trash on the streets. There was no trace of graffiti on the benches or walls. Everything was impeccably clean and simple in the middle of Stockholm, Sweden, with its 780,000 inhabitants. It is still a…

Why Swarthmore College?
Anonymous
Swarthmore College
It is a typical week in autumn. After school on an early-dismissal Wednesday, I stay at school with my friend to lead a community service group called A.R.T.E.. We plan and organize for the upcoming Fall Fest? at our school. After a short but…

Setting Sail
Anonymous
Swarthmore College
I am a traveler, continually guided and inspired by the Homeric hero Odysseus while leading a life marked by departures and subsequent beginnings. The first journey began on November 9th, 2000, when my family and I left China in pursuit of…



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