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  • Aurora, Illinois, USA
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    Anna commented on the post, Overcoming Insecurity

    Paige,
    Your post intrigued me because I believe most people our age struggle with insecurities and I think it is good to talk about our struggles as society usually wants us to keep them hidden. I really liked the line “reassurance in your life that can help you get past your insecurity” because to me this statement is true. Reassurance from oth…Read More

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    Learning Sign Language

    Although Sign Language is not a language that is spoken with one’s mouth, it can still be as difficult or even more difficult to learn than a spoken language. Sign language incorporates both mental and physical aspects when being...

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  • While the the speaker in the poem “To His Coy Mistress” uses passionate and seemingly kind words, his intentions with his desired do not respect the woman’s boundaries nor does the speaker think of anything besides her physical attributes, creating him to be anything but a ‘nice guy.’
    I chose this gif since it most likely takes on the woman’s p…Read More

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    Do you like the speaker? Why, or why not? Do you think he’s a "nice guy?" If so, what makes you think that he’s nice? If not, what makes you think so?

    As the speaker centers his whole poem and offer of love around a demand for his desired to give himself to him, without taking into consideration or respecting how the woman feels, the speaker of the poem is not...

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  • Lauren, I was intrigued by your post title since I also believe all Hallmark movies are annoyingly predictable but I cannot help be drawn in anyway. I liked how you included the Countdown to Christmas example as it shows how successful the movies are. I really liked the quote “Hallmark Christmas movies allow viewers to be submerged into a world w…Read More

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    Finals and Why They Should Be Finally Done With

    At the end of each high school semester, the students are tasked with overwhelmingly difficult tests that encompass all of the knowledge taught for that semester. These tests, referred to as ‘Midterms’ or ‘Finals,’ encourage students to continue to...

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    • Hi Anna, I found your article very relatable. Along with many others, finals have always been a huge stressor for me. When winter break rolls around it is nice to have a break but I always feel like I should be studying. This year due to COVID, my school has canceled finals. It has been such a relief to not have to worry about them. I agree that unfortunately, finals have become more of a test of memorization. When studying for finals it is most efficient to remember the fact and not the reason behind it. Personally, I prefer projects over tests. I think it gives students more of an opportunity to dive deeper into their learning. I liked how you said, ” the high stakes and high pressure can alter the true reflection of a student’s abilities”. I agree that finals put a lot of pressure on students. Students work so hard all semester and they don’t want the final to “ruin” their grade. Stress can cause students to not perform their best on the test.

  • Dear Lydia, I was intrigued by your post because I also believe social media has had a great impact on the way our current generation communicates. I agree with the idea that slang has shaped the way we write now to be shorter and less descriptive, which in turn can have effect on our communication with others. I really liked this phrase…Read More

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    The Importance of Sign Language

    As the world grows more diverse and strives to become a more accepting environment overall, the ability to communicate with every person, no matter their way of communication, becomes increasingly significant as well. This does not mean just language...

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    • Dear Anna,
      I am excited about your post because the use of sign language is a clear example of one of the many ways in which language can be expressed through human beings. The power of language can go beyond a pen and paper or the tongue.

      One thing you said that stands out for me is “Sign language pulls on the mental and physical sides of one’s body, the thought of what to say, and the physical forming of the words with the hands.” I think this is interesting because it is a clear example of how language can be communicated in more than one way. It is evident, therefore, that sign language requires an intense level of multi-tasking, and it reminds me of playing an instrument, as you have to not only read the sheet music, but also physically use the instrument to create sound. Although I do not play an instrument, as a viewer, I can clearly notice that music composers are very concentrated and focused.

      Your post reminds me of the discussion we are having in Spanish class, as we are examining how your language unites you with people in the world. Although there are thousands of languages, and it seems as though they seem to only form barriers among people, the mere fact that we are even able to communicate with people with letters and words is astounding. I believe that the use of sign language will continue to increase in the world. Already, the creation of sign language has bridged a gap between those hard of hearing and those who are not. For this reason, language is truly powerful and unifying.

      Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you advocate for minority groups. We tend to think of only the most commonly-spoken languages in the world, but I appreciate that you took the time to highlight and bring awareness to the importance of and benefits of learning sign language. I only know how to spell my name in sign language, but because of your post, I am reminded of its importance. I will try to learn more of this crucial language.

      Sarah

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    Dear Brooke,
    I was interested about your post because I wanted to understand your perspective on what the ‘call to pilgrimage’ is. I really liked how you specified that a pilgrimage does not have to a religious journey which is what I originally thought pilgrimages to be. One thing that stands out to me is your phrase “it is important to step…Read More

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    Pilgrimage: A Hero’s Journey

    Many people travel, volunteer, and/or move away from home to grow and change as a person. In modern language, this journey is named ‘finding yourself,’ and normally includes people that do not know how they wish to proceed in...

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    • Dear Anna,
      I am intrigued by your post because you really dive deep into the concepts of traveling on an adventure outside of one’s comfort zone. It’s very interesting how you relate a pilgrimage to that of a hero’s journey because they both allow for growth and the opportunity to gain new knowledge about the world and their identity.

      One thing you said that stands out for me is that the hero’s journey “consists of three stages, ‘the Departure, the Initiation, and the Return’.“ This stood out to me because it relates the pilgrimage to the structure of a hero’s journey really well. You do a great job in describing how the experiences of the heroes and pilgrims are so similar because they each face challenges that ultimately change him or her to possibly become a stronger and better person for it.

      Your post reminds me of the topics I discussed in my post about how pilgrimage is important since it allows for a journey that gives one a sense of purpose and helps discover more about who you are.

      Thanks for sharing your ideas!! I enjoyed reading it 🙂

  • Dear Diana,
    I was intrigued by your post from the start because of the title as I know many things are virtual now, but I did not think virtual travel was. But I kept reading because I liked your report on the company in Tokyo making this a ‘reality’ and providing a way for people to travel. One thing that stands out for me is the question you…Read More

  • Dear Paige,
    I am intrigued by your post because I agree with the idea that social media does not let one fully understand the person behind the screen. I agree it shows the surface of someone and does not let one see the real personality of the creator. One thing that stands out to me is your comment “making a negative comment on an i…Read More

  • Dear Miles,
    I am happy to read your post because I also agree with you on the fact that climate change is not up for debate; it is a scientific problem that must be addressed. I also was happy to see in your post the different graphs along with your evidence as I think it adds support to your argument. A couple things that you wrote that stand…Read More

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    Anna commented on the post, What are we to do?

    Very interesting, Diego. I agree with what you have said about while there is little way for us to reverse the effects of climate change, we should still help to slow the rate of harm done to the earth. It makes me wonder, like you, “in what way can we make the world better” with so much damage done to the Earth already? I am currently taking AP…Read More

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