Oct 13

College Essay Workshop -- Online Version

For those who couldn't make the YWP-VSAC College Essay workshop Oct. 14 (it was pretty awesome -- thanks to the seniors who attended), you can go to our online version. From now until Oct. 31, access resources, help & feedback. 

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Nov 21
essay 0 comments challenge: General
happy_smiley's picture

Puerto Rico Wishes

They wish for health, water, food.
And here I stand all healthy and good.

They wish for power,  and light.
And here I stand with a flashlight to guide me at night.

They wish for help, and new housing.
And here I stand with so much, I better start counting.

And here comes thanksgiving,
But they don't have much to be thankful for,
They need a table, a table with food and people to help them.
Nov 21
essay 0 comments challenge: General
happy_smiley's picture

Puerto Rico Wishes

They wish for health, water, food.
And here I stand all healthy and good.

They wish for power,  and light.
And here I stand with a flashlight to guide me at night.

They wish for help, and new housing.
And here I stand with so much, I better start counting.

And here comes thanksgiving,
But they don't have much to be thankful for,
They need a table, a table with food and people to help them.
Nov 21

The...


A button clicks, illuminating the screen of the box-like object. All eyes in the room turn, captivated by the jocosity and grief of the complex display. Almost nothing will shift their eyes from the moving objects seemingly trapped inside the cube. They watch it because the screen is an escape from their lives. An escape from reality. 

Question: What device is the object of this peice?
(Answer in the comments)
Nov 21
swim.eat.sleep.'s picture

I Wonder Why?

I wonder why the ocean is so blue or why cars have to honk so loudly...

So here I sit by the side of the ocean cars honking behind me. Just then a car honks directly at me. Wondering why it did I got up and walked over to it.
Nov 21
essay 2 comments challenge: Wonder

Wondering Loudly

  I wonder why the sky is blue…
  All this time I never knew,
 Why the sky is blue.

 

Nov 20
Austin.L's picture

The crossroads

I'm running down an alley, from what, I keep secret. My family never cared about me, so I decided that I was going to run away! I tried my best to be perfect enough for my father, but alas he was still not pleased. I run until I come across a strange building. I walked up to it and the sign to it's right read the answers are found here. “What's is that supposed mean?” Curious, I walk in and find a door, as I open it the smell of ash and sulfur flow out.
Nov 19

"Can I have a Question?"


I wonder why so many Americans make grammatical mistakes in spoken and written English. Some of improper grammar became an acceptable and overwhelmingly popular, such as the notorious short cuts: “4 sale”, or “I need 2 do it”.
Nov 17
essay 0 comments challenge: Once
vmclane's picture

Once

Nov 17
essay 0 comments challenge: Once
swim.eat.sleep.'s picture

ONCE

Once in a lifetime you want to do something you love.

Most people want to meet Meghan Trainor or other celebrities. Other people want to see the state they love so much. But I would love to take an airplane over to wondrous Africa!!!

When I get there I will find a rental car and take it to a village in need of food and water. I will travel all over the countries of Africa giving out food and water. Then I will teach them to garden and make fresh water.
 
Nov 16

Once In a Lifetime


Do you ever sit and think about something you aspire to do in your remaining existence on Earth? 

Different individuals may have differing ideas. 

Some people may choose to do something whimsical: something that makes their life more interesting. Maybe you would like to relax on the sandy beaches of Tahiti. Maybe you would like to go to your favorite band’s rock concert. Or maybe you would choose to trek in the Amazon rainforest.
 
Nov 15
Tim_Bapp's picture

Problems

A problem is, a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome. In life people tend to run into things that challenge them. I think of this as a good thing, because if we didn’t run into challenges and everything was easy there’d be nothing to show you how much you truly want something. By that I mean if life wasn’t always throwing curveballs at you then it’d only be fast balls and every time you swung it’d be a homerun.
Nov 11
novembers's picture

Fruits for Grandpa

The word “family” has, for most of my life, conjured up the image of my sister, mom, dad, and me. For fourteen years we were a unit, isolated: first in Japan, now here on the other side of the world. But that isolation has a reward: living the American dream. And even in our remoteness, monthly telephone calls tethered my existence to those back home in Vietnam.
Nov 01
essay 0 comments challenge: Wonder
smcdonough's picture

Wonder

I wonder why water is blue and when people use words that aren't real. There is so many wonders that everyone has. It's not like there is someone in the world that is questionless or wonderless. Like I wonder why water is blue when there is a large quantity of it or why people use words that aren't really real words like gonna or funner. Why do those people use the word if maybe someone else doesn't use it they just say it because it makes sense to them.
Oct 27
essay 0 comments challenge: Power
zoebarton's picture

Driving


Driving a car is the only form of transportation that I use on a regular basis. Every morning, I must drive to school and every night, I drive must home. Not to mention the driving I must also do to get elsewhere. And of course, I basically already have a ‘superpower’ where I’m almost always late to wherever I’m going. Even if I plan to leave 5 minutes earlier than I have to to get there on time, I find myself at least 10 minutes later than I wanted for some reason or other.
Oct 26
kilburng1's picture

Scary storie

Thud! I freeze and stare at the looming empty house in front of me. I pull my jacket tightly around myself and shiver. I shut my eyes tight, to afraid to open them again. I slowly open one eye, hoping the house has magically disappeared, but it is still there. It feels as though it is looking back at me.The ground beneath my feet is as solid as a rock. The only thing I see in the windows is darkness. Then, very slowly the doorknob begins to turn. I quickly look for something to hide behind.
Oct 26
essay 0 comments challenge: Power
l.jones's picture

Food For All


The power to conjure any food wherever you are, whenever you want would be the most useful superpower. Not only can you get a plate of your favorite fries when you’re a bit peckish, but you can get a good meal when stopping for food is an inconvenience, or when you’re jammed you can have an actual meal instead of gross snacks.
Oct 26
m.2019's picture

Advice


    Advice is an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action or conduct. To me, this means that advice has to come from a person who guides you on the way to conduct yourself in action and so on. The first person I could think of was my softball coach. She has been my coach for 5 years, and has also been a person I look up to as a role model. Thats where I have gotten my best advice.

        “Sometimes you have to be your own teammate.”
Oct 21

Personal Narrative

note: I wrote this for my AP Lang class
If the Violin Sings