Abdullah, your essay is very thought provoking. It’s really hard when you’re expecting something in life to go one way and depending on it and yearning for it and it gets snatched right out of your hands. I completely understand why it would make you question the idea of fate. I love how you were able to be vulnerable with this essay and talk…[Read more]
Cole, This is a beautiful piece of writing. I can really tell how much you admire your mother and rightfully so, it sounds like she’s wonderful. I feel the same way about my mom who also worked long days and multiple jobs to get us what we need. Thanks for sharing:)
I enjoyed this poem its kind of like self reflection self identity type of stuff. Im always asking if I could introduce myself to my own self because I feel like there’d be more things to realize that way. Its a different perspective.
This is very interesting and informational. I have always been a huge supporter of meditation but I never thought about the fact that it could have negative side effects. Maybe they could be not negative at all and are good because it’s a way of dealing with repressed memories. Sometimes that can be a healing experience. I don’t know, I’m not a…[Read more]
This poem is breathtaking. It’s not beautiful in a traditional sense, but in a raw, real way that sheds light on the crookedness of mankind. You did a wonderful job showing the struggle of women all over the world. It’s sad that in this day and age, the proposed solution to inequality and cruelty is for women to learn to defend themselves instead…[Read more]
This is an interesting perspective on gardens. I suppose if we delve further into most places and architecture we could find a history behind it that somewhere shows the cruelty of mankind. I think that’s very important to remember and I enjoyed reading this because it put some perspective on my daily struggles.
You’ve done an excellent job summing up what it’s like to be a teenager now a days. I’ve noticed that a lot of adults say we shouldn’t be this stressed because we only have school to worry about, but those people aren’t taking into account the pressure of living ‘the american dream” or the best life we possibly can. According to society, there is…[Read more]
The first thing I saw when I would open my eyes was the wood that made up the inside of the cabin. No matter which direction I faced when I slept, that was what I would wake up to. The warm brown panels lined the
This was a wild ride from start to finish. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I guess I should have predicted the human sacrifice. This paper was very informative and had a lot of words I couldn’t figure out how to pronounce and I’m into it. Thanks for teaching me something new.
I love what you have to say here! This is pretty beneficial to me as a musician and performer who struggles with performance and generalized anxiety and depression. I have found meditation to be the best reliever of my anxiety and yoga has been amazing in teaching me how to cope when life gets difficult. It’s obvious how much research you put into…[Read more]
I find it interesting that you added in the point that a parent’s criticism of themselves can affect a child’s self esteem. This is incredibly accurate and I think one of the most underestimated influences on a child’s(particularly young girls) self esteem. Hearing your mother constantly say she is fat when she looks beautiful to you will lead you…[Read more]
I appreciate that you’ve pointed out the problem with multiple definitions of the word ‘feminist.’ I have noticed even in daily life that many people are misinformed about what feminism really is. Our feminist club at school got a lot of mixed feelings at first because a lot of people(particularly the male population) were under the impression…[Read more]
This is an interesting poem. Kind of dark but also has this deep sense to it that makes it worth the read.
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