• Lucy, I was told this a lot too when I was little. But often times I, out of the three girls my mom and dad were preaching to, was the only one to disagree with them, and, subsequently, start a loud argument. I hated hearing the fact that life wasn’t fair. I insisted that I could make a fair life for myself if I tried hard enough. In some ways, I…[Read more]

  • Ahmiah, I love your piece and the evidence you presented for the injustices so many people face today. I completely agree, the prejudices many hold toward a great percent of the population today are unwarranted and inhumane. To add to that, you have given solid facts about the American Constitution that show these kinds of discrimination are…[Read more]

  • In The Federalist Papers written by John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton, Jay states, “Among the many objects to which a wise and free people find it necessary to direct their attention, that of pro

  • Annie commented on the post, To my middle school self 1 month ago

    This post is harsh in content but true in nature. I don’t mean to say that your words or the message itself is harsh, but the memories and relationships that arise from reading this are, for lack of other words, harsh. I find it difficult to read this, but I also find it important, to for me specifically, but more importantly for my cousin…[Read more]

  • I believe I am beautiful. I believe my beauty is inside and out, and that the same can be said for everyone around me.

    I have lived in a home where outer beauty was always a concern, whether it be makeup, body,

    • Beth replied 1 month ago

      This is a beautiful post. I love how engaging and positive it is. I think everyone can relate with being self-conscious about one thing or another. It’s not always easy to accept yourself, imperfections and all, and I admire how overcoming that major obstacles in your life led you to realize your beauty. Turned lemons into lemonade! I look forward to seeing what else you write.

    • Bobby replied 1 month ago

      Dear Annie,
      You have a very personal story and a perfectly valid reason for being the way you are. But there lies the problem, it’s too personal. I’m concerned that people who will read this post will walk away from this saying, “I can be as fat as I want and I’m beautiful no matter what.” The fact of the matter is that most people don’t have a perfectly valid reason like you for being overweight and are too lazy to do anything about it. They rather tell themselves for society to accept them as they are rather than evaluating the cons for being overweight. But obesity is a big problem and kids don’t know the true problems associated with it like said here:https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/healthy-weight-basics/obesity.htm I still agree with you that beauty still comes from the inside, but who you are on the inside can reflect what’s on the outside. Do you think you can tell if a person is dedicated if they have a muscular body and puts time and effort into the way they look? I am interested in hearing of what you have to say.

    • Ellie replied 1 month ago

      I loved absolutely everything about this post. You wrote it in such a way where I think every girl, and most likely some boys, can resonate strongly to it. You are so right. Beauty is not on the outside. It should never have been that way in the first place. Society makes us believe that exterior beauty is what matters, but it takes posts like yours to remind us that beauty truly does come from within. Thank you so much for writing to this topic, it is so true.

    • Emma replied 1 month ago

      Accepting your body in the midst of all the harsh expectations thrown at women is a never-ending battle. I consider myself to be much stronger than I once was, but I still frequently experiences insecurities. When it comes to your physical wellbeing, what ultimately matters is health. There are very thin girls who are very healthy and much larger girls who are just healthy. There are also thin girls who are extraordinarily unhealthy and large girls who are unhealthy as well. Your body is not always a reflection of your health which is the only thing you should preoccupy yourself with.

  • Annie commented on the post, LIFE 1 month ago

    Your dialogue and narrative was fascinating and beautiful, and described to me a very unique life, one that you seem very familiar with, one that you’re comfortable writing about. The imagery of your chores, your expectations, and so on was descriptive and enlightening, and made the piece as a whole a story that was easy to imagine. A clear image…[Read more]

  • Annie commented on the post, Alone at Night 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Your piece was very powerful, and very relatable in many regards. I especially loved your final paragraph where you made it clear that men were not inherently a burdened, but having a son would be a “privilege”. I think this is really important for a lot of people to understand because many believe women fear men and avoid them without ever…[Read more]

  • Luz,
    Your piece was unbelievably electrifying and a true beauty to read. I truly have never read a student piece so powerful and personal as this. I can’t even begin to relate to the situation described in your piece because of what a privileged life I’ve led, and how I’ve grown up. This kind of writing strikes readers right in the heart, and the…[Read more]

  • According to http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-16870579#, about 107 billion humans lived and died by the year 2012. This sparked a lot of emotions among those who became familiar with the facts, but the most

  • Annie commented on the post, Multiverse Craziness 2 months ago

    This idea and ideas like it have always fascinated me, especially after the first time I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. In that book, she discusses and narrates an entire story based upon the idea of the existence of a multiverse, and puts into an understandable perspective the idea of higher order dimensions. Your piece reminded me…[Read more]

  • Your passage was one of the most powerful I’ve read. The comment that struck me the most was yours saying, “They only mention some things like how the jews that ran away from the holocaust but don’t mention the discrimination faced when they migrated to the US.” Every one of your statements was poignant and related to a diverse group of people e…[Read more]

  • Luis, your story and further research had such an impact on me, and though I can’t directly relate or even begin to understand what you may be going through right now, I thought a response from a white American citizen might be interesting and possibly helpful. I absolutely agree with your statements, and sympathize with the difficulties of being…[Read more]

  • Your argument is very powerful, but I think it would be fruitful to emphasize a less biased point of view. In this way, you may be able to get your point across without offending anyone, and that way maybe those who would typically disagree with your argument might read further into the reasons you chose it. Using strong language and a hard bias…[Read more]

  • Ilda, your argument was very compelling! I think a great support would be acknowledging the opposing side of the pro-GMO argument, what they are saying, and why they are saying it. Many of those in that party believe that GMOs can be damaging to the health of those who consume them, and this is a very common misconception. I suggest the following…[Read more]

  • Nuong, I very much agree with the subject of your argument, and I hope to eventually read more about what you feel on the subject. I think it would be fruitful as well to go into some statistics and facts about life as it forms, consciousness, and the importance of the health of the mother. You may even touch on the dislike for Planned Parenthood…[Read more]

  • My life is plagued by the pain of loss and failure, but in turn blessed by the gift of successes. I’ve always wondered how the power of the outcome of both my successes and failures compare, and whether or not one

    • To Annie, I enjoyed reading your article. I particularly found your comment about how failures can have a greater impact on character in the moment than success. I believe that the impact of success and failure come from expectations. When we do something, we expect it to be successful. We envision that it will be flawless, because that’s what we seek. Especially regarding our own ideas, we push for success with far more determination. This could blind us from the flaws hidden in plain sight, if only we looked a little harder. Failures are so much more critical because they reveal a weakness in our character that we must acknowledge. However, I do believe in the power of success. The effects of success compound on itself. As we succeed, we develop confidence, as well as experience. This confidence can create more opportunities for success. Although success may not have the same emotional impact in the moment as failure, it is still powerful.

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