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I`m No Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Arielle Ring
Vanderbilt University
A few years ago, USA Today named the star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, Sarah Michelle Gellar, the epitome of the modern feminist. Declaring “with her take-no-prisoners attitude…vampire-slaying Buffy Summers has become… a feminist hero who`s…

"Welcome to Palestine"
Arielle Ring
Vanderbilt University
In the summer of 2000, my family traveled to Israel, the birthplace of my father. I performed my Bat Mitzvah, met relatives for the first time, and discovered my heritage in a new light. Yet, one distinct incident left the greatest impact. We were…

Into the Heart of Darkness
Arielle Ring
Vanderbilt University
As a sixth-grader obsessed with the Seattle Mariners, I read the newspaper only for the sports page. One morning, however, I came upon a special pullout section as I thumbed for my section. It was entitled “Into the Heart of Darkness,” and I…

Vanderbilt University: The Coalescence of Southern Charm and Exemplary Academics
Daniel Dolgicer
Vanderbilt University
My academic interests are widely varied, ranging from Hebrew to psychology to architecture. Rather than briefly describing them all, I would prefer to focus on my main academic interest: international relations.
As a strong-willed first grader, I…

Challenge and Complexity
Anonymous
Vanderbilt University
At Vanderbilt, I want to let my entrepreneurial thoughts run free. I have developed a successful business that provides a service to the community, and I love the challenges that entrepreneurship presents. I also find questions of efficiency,…

An Unforgettable Summer
Amit Momaya
Vanderbilt University
What came first, science or technology?” asked a tall and husky figure, who was dressed in an unbuttoned and rather threadbare lab coat. My initial response was science because I reasoned that technology was the application of science. An…

Passion
Anonymous
Vanderbilt University
I would have never expected my life to change dramatically after a trip to the mens room. However, on June 20, 2007, one did. I overheard a conversation that changed my point of view on nearly everything. He didnt even make it to Extemp…

Unfinished Symphony
Hang Xu
Vanderbilt University
I play the B.
A small square office, no more than ten feet wide, holds two upright mahogany pianos sitting back-to-back. The metronome marks the beat, ta-ta-ta-ta, first 100 beats per minute, then 105, 110, working toward 120. The door is closed,…

The Ride
Hang Xu
Vanderbilt University
September 15, 2002
4:35 P.M.
Star 94 FM Real-time Traffic?those heading northwest on Peachtree Industrial should expect major delays due to a gas leak?.?
I abruptly change the radio station. What luck! I have moved exactly one mile in ten minutes….

An Unexpected Friend
Bailey Morledge
Vanderbilt University
Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
Day in, day out; week after week; year after year. She clocks-in and proceeds to a colorful room full of crying babies and children who have long overstayed…

The Race
Henry Fowlkes Weatherly Jr
Vanderbilt University
Sweat, soiled by dust and tears, seeped down my body as I thrust myself forward. With every breath, my lungs collapsed on themselves. While oxygen poured in through my gaping mouth, I still craved more air. Foot after foot, I trampled down the…

Another Door Opens
Anonymous
Vanderbilt University
It was our last scrimmage game before the start of the 2009 Valparaiso girls varsity basketball season. The clock counted down not only the time left in the game but also how many seconds I had left playing on my basketball team before I told the…

More Than a Game
Anonymous
Vanderbilt University
As the puck becomes tangled beneath my skates, my body tenses, and I frantically brace for the inevitable destruction. My senses are acutely alert to the heavy breathing that radiates from the opposing player barreling toward my backside. While…

Conquering Adversity
Anonymous
Vanderbilt University
June 16, 2000 — My sense of uncertainty had never been so overwhelming, my emotions never so mixed. Born seven weeks early on what I now view as a blessed day, my youngest brother, initially referred to as Baby Malone,? hung on for dear life. He…

A Surprising Role Model
Anonymous
Vanderbilt University
I could feel the tears coming. My brothers words pierced me like bullets, one by one, slowly overpowering my determination. I turned to face him and cleared my mind. After receiving the ball, I noticed him hesitate slightly and on instinct I…

Leadership
Anonymous
Vanderbilt University
Society must work together. People must endeavor to do everything they can so as to ensure that humanity upholds valuable ethics and a strong sense of goodwill. The I Club, sponsored by Rotary International, seeks to accomplish these goals on a…

Regrets
Evan Chethik
Vanderbilt University
It was the McCarthy era. Attorney General Tom Clark had just announced a list of fifty-six subversive? organizations that were supposedly part of the communist crusade. My grandfather, vice president of the History Society at Tilden Senior High…

Entering Musicianship
Anonymous
Vanderbilt University
When asked how to get to Carnegie Hall, a wise musician replied simply, Practice.? Although I did plenty of practicing leading up to playing at Carnegie Hall, it was performing in New York that launched me towards true musicianship. The first…

All for Freedom
Melanie Delgado
Vanderbilt University
It was Valentines Day six years ago. There were no roses, chocolate, or any romanticism in the air; there was instead, the scent of puke, fear, sea spray, yet a trace of freedom. It is mind-boggling what a human being is capable of enduring for…

Of Talking Ravens and Curious Cinephiles
Vikram Kejariwal
Vanderbilt University
Surrealism is embedded in the everyday, in the daily experience? — Katharine Conley
It seems fitting for me to transform every moment or thought into a film screened inside my head. Cinema is my life, and guides me beyond my life. I rise from…

Playground
Andrew Elsakr
Vanderbilt University

There was one playground not too far from my grandparents` apartment in Cairo (the summer home of my childhood) where I wasn`t treated like the quirky, abnormal kid that I was used to being. It wasn`t your ideal picture of a playground, though….

The Pain and the Beauty of Ballet
Lucy Pearl Blacke Stone
Vanderbilt University
The studio pulsates with the nervous energy of fifty pairs of rolling pointe shoe clad feet. The chill of January morning air seeps into my joints and prickles my skin with goosebumps, although that might have more to do with nerves than…



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