Read Karla's letter that discusses ethnicity and the sense of belonging to a country.
We received many powerful essays for the Fall 2013 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Simon Okelo, author of "Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff," and founder of One Vibe Africa responds to essay winners of the Fall 2013 "Simple Living" writing competition.
Read Annika's essay about the uselessness of stuff—like trophies and goodie bags.
Read Sana's essay about how her consumption habits shifted when she moved from Pakistan to the United States.
Read Nick's essay about how giving up his iPhone4 and his beloved dog Lucas would greatly affect his life.
Read Spencer’s essay about his desire to level the economic playing field so that more people can have more—and then choose less.
April Dávila, professional writer and author of "A Month Without Monsanto," responds to essay winners of the Spring 2013 "Genetically Modified Food" writing competition.
Read Russell's essay about how GMOs may harm one's body, and how monopolizing companies can harm the economy.
Read Ryan's essay about his concerns surrounding the health effects of GMOs, and his recommendation to follow the European Union's lead and adopt the precautionary principle.
Read Erica's creative essay about how foods, like superheroes, should proudly display their logos to disclose their identities.
Read Sharon's essay about how April Dávila inspired Sharon to adopt an organic vegan diet, and the increased energy and self-confidence she felt as a result.
Read Constantin's essay about feeling dependent on large corporations, and his efforts to ensure that his decisions remain his own.
Read Omar's essay about his realization that when it comes to fighting products that may harm people and the environment, he has to become his own hero.
Akaya Windwood, president of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and author of "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," responds to essay winners of the Winter 2013 writing competition