The Devil's Quill

Kaivu Hariharan – Common Application

July 30, 2020

Prompt: Please tell us more about your cultural background and identity in the space below (100 word limit). If you need more than 100 words, please use the Optional section on Part 2. Essay: Tamil, my mother tongue, is Dra...

Michelle Li – Common Application

July 30, 2020

Essay: “One foot here, move your leg there, slowly left and right. Good, good! Let’s try again!”   Visiting my grandma’s house every other weekend, I helped her get up and down from her reclining chair while patiently...

Austin Segal – Common Application

July 29, 2020

Essay: I stand in the left wing with a microphone looped around my ear. I play a game of Where’s Waldo? with the crowd. Past the stage monitors, I spot my parents, my best friend, some acquaintances, and a crowd of people I have n...

Northwestern University

July 27, 2020

Prompt: Why Northwestern (300 words)  Essay: Purple represents rarity and ambition— two qualities embodied by Northwestern’s diverse academic programs and student body.  As a Wildcat, I hope to attend the School of Education ...

Supplement Essay

July 27, 2020

Prompt: School can often seem like work: a set of responsibilities, obligations, and tasks to be completed. But Trustee Scholars are creative and curious, rather than merely dutiful. Give us a glimpse of an intellectual pursuit...

A Message From Your Landlady

Sarah Ouyang, Nonfiction Editor

June 8, 2020

Dear tenant, You have not paid rent for 18 years But that’s OK -- That’s alright with me, Because now the interest has accumulated And you’ll be slaving away for me For the rest of your life. I gave you not ...

A Young Boy’s Battle Cry

Dhristi Raval

June 8, 2020

Author’s Note: Throughout my life, I have witnessed hatred among many groups of people. Whether these biases are based off of race, gender, sexuality, or religion, I’ve noticed that humans have a tendency to stereotype...

A Senior’s Sincere Story: The Pandemic

Dhristi Raval

May 29, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, many of us (including myself) have had a hard time coping with the consequences and yearned for some words of the wiser. Our world seemed to turn upside down so suddenly, and we weren’t ready for such...

A Perfect Hug Available For All

May 6, 2020

To know or not to know-that is the question A perfect man came here to die God asked His son to do his bid And follow through God’s master plan  To save us all from sin and death Is there love in this? Oh yes!   ...

Spilt Milk

May 6, 2020

The peeling lacquer over the wood of the kitchen table was a sore sight. The cracks wormed their way around the entire length of it. It was a real wonder it hadn’t collapsed yet, even though the table always had a sparse amoun...


May 6, 2020

Days we spent talking and texting on the phone Til our batteries drained and our phones died. Those late nights time flew by, Next thing we knew it was 3 am on a school night. But little did we know  Our phones ...


May 6, 2020

The world shut down for COVID-19, How is it only day fifteen? We thought the end was near, But now it is clear. We need to help our world get clean....

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