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Can’t help but eat everything visible
By William Sampson
Hi my name is William Sampson, and this is my Story…. Everyone has the same schedule as me; Get up, Eat breakfast, Do something for 4 hours, Eat lunch, Do something for another 6 hours, and finally eat dinner! Even though I do the exact same things as my peers, people look at me like if I stick out of the crowd. It is not my appearance, or even how I act, it is because I have a big appetite. People usually look at me weird, because I eat so much, and yet I look like I haven’t even gained a pound!!! I usually say “It’s because I have a fast metabolism”. A specific example of …

White walls. Tiled floors. The constant flickering of hospital lights on and off the anxious faces in the waiting room. The dull eerie silence being broken by the slow respiration of an unconscious expecting mother, but a larger problem waits outside the hospital bed. The doctor speaks to a man about his child; he states, “There are complications with your son, he needs to come out now or we will lose both him and your wife.” The man is awestruck and asks the doctor, “Why so early? Its two months before he is due!”, but to no avail the doctor explains to the man that his spouse is sick and that his son’s health is in jeopardy. “Your son hasn’t been in the womb long …

Throughout your life, you have probably ran across the old saying “Life is what you make it”. Yet, you have probably have never actually thought what it really means considering how unbelievably corny it sounds. This motto is how I live day by day. When I was younger, I became much happier person when I realized that you can shape your own life however you want it. For it was Rich Gibson once said that you can choose to do whatever you want, just not under the circumstances we chose (Not his exact words, but the gist of it).

Like many teenagers, I went through a phase of which I was angry at life because I felt as if I had no control …

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti
Life’s more fun in my head
Without a doubt imagination is way better than reality. You can control everything to happen the way you want and no one can tell you anything. Whether you’re wishing your life was based on a movie or even having your alter ego as Beyoncé would say, “everyone needs to bring out their inner Sasha Fierce”. I picture things in my head sometimes whether its from TV shows or movies I feel like that is how I set my standards for things.
From the moment I turned fourteen it hit me that I wanted to have a quinceañera. It was …

A natural tendency I have is talking fast. It has been a habit of mine for some time because whenever I am engaged in a conversation, I am cut off; not being able to finish. But when it comes to speaking professionally (or needing to speak intelligently), I naturally speak better. All of my elementary school teachers took notice to my professional speech. Because of that skill I developed, it made the transition to High Tech Middle that much easier. In 7th grade, my teachers noticed that unique quality I possessed and wanted to further demonstrate it to help represent the school.
One day I was sitting in one of my classes, eyes glued to the monitor. As I was working, I heard the door …

My head was pounding. I have never done well with bus rides, especially when I am stuck in the far back. The horrible tacky neon seat covers made me dizzy. Not to mention the screaming from the other students running up and down the aisle. For them, this trip meant excitement and a break from school. For me, I was a nervous wreck. This would be my first time without my parents. And sadly, it frightened me. When we arrived at the campsite it was nearly dusk. After inhaling the pasta in the cafeteria, we went outside and were greeted by a thick mist rolling through the trees. I could barely see my friends who were right in front of me. I wanted so much …

My name, "Paloma" means dove in Spanish. I've never really thought much of it, although growing up I received the occasional compliments on how unique or pretty of a name it was. throughout middle school the name would get me generalized as Mexican for my name's somewhat exotic sound, when in all actuality I was half Peruvian. This left somewhat of a negative connotation with my name in my own mind only because I wasn't being recognized as the individual who I truly was.
I was named Paloma but I have been given quite a few nicknames. They have ranged from "Point Loma" to "Pallama" to "Pal-oma" but never have I really liked any nicknames that were given to me; for this reason I've …

It’s a very normal night. We are in our room listening to music dancing as we are getting ready for bed. All of our worries are gone with the night, and time is ticking away until bedtime. Then it hits us, it’s really time to go to bed. We are both tired. Exhausted. My sister shuts down the computer, and we hop in to bed, eager to sleep. The door is shut and the only light in the room is the light coming from the light in the hall. It is seeping in through the crack from the bottom of the door. The inch of light is soothing. It’s like a safety blanket.
Soon enough I can feel we’re both falling asleep. Drifting in …

July 22nd, 2011. San Diego, CA. Comic-Con is now on its second day. I woke up in the morning with a backpack filled with items and a head full of dreams rushing through my head. “This could be it DJ, you could meet the person that is going to change your life”, I kept thinking to myself.
Around the summer of 2010 I had an epiphany, and that epiphany became my sole purpose of living. This girl I met in my sophomore year of high school had a lot in common with me… We both loved celebrities, and I was addicted to E! News; from watching E! News, it was evident from there that I knew I wanted to become a celebrity correspondent/TV host …

Almost everyday at lunch time, I walk into the same Starbucks across the street from school, order the same drink, usually from the same barista, get asked what my name is, and end up with the same outcome. “I have a grande three-pump soy chai tea latte, for Laura!” Every single day. I swear, anytime I walk into a coffee shop, cafe, or restaurant that calls your name when your order is ready, I am given a new identity. It’s something that happens so often that I’ve learned to just laugh at whatever name they come up with. I know I can’t take it personally. They don’t know my name isn’t actually Laura, Lauren, Dora, or Erin. Maybe …

Being vegetarian in Eastern Europe means cheese - and lots of it. In a place where the response to “I don’t eat meat” is “oh, so you eat chicken?”, there aren’t many options. Every day at breakfast, the table was full of a wide array of meats, cheese, and fresh bread. I knew from the beginning that my time there would be filled with plenty of cheese sandwiches. Not that I’m complaining. Cheese is my favorite food, and I will try almost any type. It’s absolutely divine. Alex James, an English cheese farmer wrote, “Cheese is simple, natural and flavoursome. When you buy it, it's ready. You don't have to cook it, peel it or wash it, and it's the tastiest substance in the …

My name, "Paloma" means dove in Spanish. I've never really thought much of it, although growing up I received the occasional compliments on how unique or pretty of a name it was. throughout middle school the name would get me generalized as Mexican for my name's somewhat exotic sound, when in all actuality I was half Peruvian. This left somewhat of a negative connotation with my name in my own mind only because I wasn't being recognized as the individual who I truly was.
I was named Paloma but I have been given quite a few nicknames. They have ranged from "Point Loma" to "Pallama" to "Pal-oma" but never have I really liked any nicknames that were given to me; for this reason I've …

Sandy floors that need to be mopped, fruit that needs to be chopped and machines that need to be filled. That is the glamorous life of a yogurt girl, and unfortunately for me, my current reality.
Ever since I lost my first tooth I’ve been saving up. So its no surprise that I’ve had a job since it was legal. My first job was probably one of the worst jobs in existence. I was a sign twirler. I was 12 years old and spun a bright yellow sign that was bigger than me for a local grocery store. From there I moved up, I started helping my dad out at the many restaurants he worked at, bussing and hosting. But I wanted more, I …

“Oh great, eight hours a day of fetching coffee and entering numbers into a database”. It was my first day of working a full time internship at a local company named SeekTech Incorporated; a local company which designs and manufactures pipeline diagnostic tools. However, to my surprise I was greeted with my own office complete with computer, phone line, and shelf space. By now it was apparent that I would be venturing into uncharted territory and designing things that nobody had ever created. While working, solving complex problems was more than just a brief moment every once and a while, it was an everyday occurrence. I used the latest technology in engineering tools - Such as SolidWorks and three dimensional printers - in accordance with …

Alex Gomes
9/1/11
I really wish I was taller
It was July 5th, 2001 the day I would always remember as the worst birthday I ever had. It was my seventh birthday and I my face was beaming with excitement. I had been jumping around all day in anticipation of the great day ahead. I had wanted to go to Soak City for a long time, but could never convince my parents to take me. I really loved water slides and swimming at the time, so I figured that this would be one of the best ways to celebrate my birthday. I brought along Scott, my best friend. I was and still am on the shorter side of the spectrum, but Scott was quite tall. …

Alex Gomes
9/1/11
I really wish I was taller
It was July 5th, 2001 the day I would always remember as the worst birthday I ever had. It was my seventh birthday and I my face was beaming with excitement. I had been jumping around all day in anticipation of the great day ahead. I had wanted to go to Soak City for a long time, but could never convince my parents to take me. I really loved water slides and swimming at the time, so I figured that this would be one of the best ways to celebrate my birthday. I brought along Scott, my best friend. I was and still am on the shorter side of the spectrum, but Scott was quite tall. …

It was December 8th 1993 and the hippies of San Diego all congregated at 3409 Conrad avenue for the birth of Shea Sjoberg. With their greasy long hair and bare feet they all gather in the living room with the midwives around the birthing tub. My mom was in labor sitting naked in the tub, she didn't mind that everyone was watching because she is a hippie and hippies are weird like that.
My parents decided to have me at home because they did not believe in the use of hospitals and medicines to give birth. My mom did not take any drugs to make giving birth any less painful and to this day she still says it was the greatest experience of her …

Alex Gomes
9/1/11
I really wish I was taller
It was July 5th, 2001 the day I would always remember as the worst birthday I ever had. It was my seventh birthday and I my face was beaming with excitement. I had been jumping around all day in anticipation of the great day ahead. I had wanted to go to Soak City for a long time, but could never convince my parents to take me. I really loved water slides and swimming at the time, so I figured that this would be one of the best ways to celebrate my birthday. I brought along Scott, my best friend. I was and still am on the shorter side of the spectrum, but Scott was quite tall. …

Having a strong imagination is definitely a good thing. Imagination has lead to many great things in the world. Many inventors imagined working gadgets that seemed impossible to build in their day. But they did it. They created the seemingly impossible machines they had fantasized about. Artists and authors also use their creativity and imagination to make beautiful pieces of work. The world would be a different place without imagination. I personally think everyone should use their imagination and creativity as much as possible. But traditional schools have begun to limit generation’s use of creativity and imagination through their teaching methods. Since imagination is a way of expressing oneself, our generation may go into the world without the creativity they may have …

It is a fascinating feeling, attempting to become a part of a city completely and blending into its culture, its personality and its surroundings. That feeling of being completely alien but simultaneously at one with a new place is my passion. I love travelling to different countries and seeing new things; it’s what I live for. In my short life I haven’t been everywhere, and that thought alone makes me itch to see it all.

In high school, I was given the unique and amazing opportunities to travel to Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Out of all the cities I visited in Europe, Rome was my favorite. It was so different from anything I had ever experienced before. It intrigued me, and my favorite …
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