And I got accepted into all of the schools I applied for.

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I crafted my college essay back in 2016. Instagram had been around for a few years, but the whole idea of influencers was still relatively new.

The goal of college admission essays is to share more about yourself and stand out from other applicants. After reading thousands of applications, admission counselors are tired of reading about the same things and they all tend to blur together.

When considering what to write about, I really had only one interesting thing about me. I had a lot of Instagram followers. In high school I had made an account that had grown to…

The article has quadruple the views but makes 1/4 of the money

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My most viewed article on Medium by far isn’t making any money. Compared to my article that has made the most money, it had quadruple the views but only has made 1/4 of the money.

Want to know why? All of my views for this article are external views. Writers on Medium get paid for reading time, a member read time specifically. It doesn’t matter how many people are reading my article if they aren’t paying Medium members.

Let’s break it down.

The third article I ever wrote is the article I am referring to. I wrote it back in…

6 health benefits of stand up paddle boarding

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Stand up paddle boarding is often seen as a fun activity to do on vacation. The big board is stable enough where you don’t need much balance so first timers won’t have any trouble getting the hang of it. You can paddle along a river, lake, or ocean and enjoy the views.

I have paddle boarded several times while on vacation and have always enjoyed it but never did it as a workout, I would do it just for fun. I would always casually paddle and look around at the scenery.

It wasn’t until a couple of months ago that…

Are ice baths really necessary for recovery?

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The ice bath; it’s something runners have been doing for years and with the emergence of cryotherapy in recent years, more and more people are considering adding it to their recovery routine.

The Benefits of Ice Baths

The main purpose of doing an ice bath is to reduce muscle soreness. Ice baths are encouraged on workout days for that reason. Soaking in cold water reduces inflammation by shunting blood away from the muscles which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown. This prevents fatigue and muscle soreness and can potentially prevent injuries. After leaving the water, the tissues warm up…

Yes, he loves it

Murray the cat sitting inside a backpack with a clear plastic dome (and airholes) allowing it to look at his surroundings.
Murray the cat sitting inside a backpack with a clear plastic dome (and airholes) allowing it to look at his surroundings.
Photos: Anna Martinez

My cat Murray is an adventurous little buddy who loves to escape. Any chance he gets, he shoots out the door and sprints down the neighborhood. He is an indoor cat. We’re afraid he will never come back and since he gets distracted so easily, we think he would get himself lost pretty easily. Also, there are a lot of coyotes where we live.

However, Murray loves going outside. He loves looking out the window. We just needed to find a way to get him outside without him darting off.

We got a harness and leash for him, but it…

How I accomplish it all.

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I am always busy. Whether it’s class, practice, work, or meetings — I’m always doing something.

I am about to go into my senior year of college. I am a business major with a concentration in marketing and have a minor in sports management. I run Division 1 cross country and track for my university. I work at the admissions office for my university, working the front desk, and giving campus tours. For the past three years, I have also been a senator for student government, attending meetings, holding office hours, and sitting on committees. Did I mention that I…

It helps with more than just speed.

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As a high school cross country and track runner, strides were not part of my normal routine. I would do them before races of course and we would occasionally add some speed work at the end of runs, but it wasn’t that normal of an occurrence.

It wasn’t until I got to college that I started doing strides regularly. We did them every day in fact. It was even part of our Training Peaks plan that we had to complete.

We did six 100 meter strides. If it was an easy day we would do them after the run and…

TikTok is helping (and hurting) people’s careers

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TikTok isn’t just for dancing, it’s a great place to talk about your job qualifications too? Although it wouldn’t be the first place I would go to try to get a job, it has proven to work.

A while ago I was scrolling through TikTok, as one does during quarantine, and stumbled across a video about a woman who had just applied to a job at TikTok.

The video featured Jenna Palek, a 22-year-old who just graduated from Kent State. …

I went in for a cortisone shot and came out with a surgery date.

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I used to think the worst thing about injuries is not knowing what was wrong, but what’s even worse is being told by multiple professionals what the injury is only to find out later they were all incorrect.

It all started with a sprained ankle. Now I have no idea if that sprained ankle had anything to do with what would happen over the next nine months but that is how it started.

I badly sprained my ankle on a run a month before my senior year of high school cross country was set to start. …

Here is my experience.

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The coronavirus is no joke.

I have been taking it seriously from the start. As a 21-year-old, I’ve noticed via social media that a lot of people my age do not understand the magnitude and risks associated with this virus. Me on the other hand, I have been taking it more seriously than family members who are at a much higher risk than I am.

Although I go for runs, I really don’t leave the house otherwise. I also am constantly reminding my family to take the necessary precautions in order to be safe. So, why would I do something…

Anna Martinez

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