• I read from Othello 1.3.229-240 where I was the Duke. I learned that impact, tone, inflection, volume and pacing affects how you hear Shakespeare and understand the true meaning of what he wrote.  Tone

  • Duke 1.3.229-240 Paraphrase

    Let me say something, as you have,

    That may help you forgive these lovers,

    In your favor.

    When there is nothing you can do,

    There is no point in being upset over it.

    You’ve seen t

  • Andrea wrote a new post, E.T. 2 years, 4 months ago

    Certainly, if you ask me if there I believe in alien life beyond Earth, I would respond with yes.  The possibility of extraterrestrial life is very likely considering the vastness of our Galaxy.  The a

    • Hello Andrea,
      I found this post fascinating. While I’ve explored the idea of extraterrestrial life, I’ve never looked into it. I too think it would be incredible to hear about the discovery of new life in the universe. I believe it is far more terrifying to believe we are alone in the universe than to believe there is other life, even if it is malevolent. I found an article about religion and space exploration you may find interesting.
      It’s a little wacky, but it’s got some interesting points. Good luck with your research.

  • Andrea commented on the post, The Orchard 2 years, 4 months ago

    Your poem told a beautiful story and reminded me of “The Giving Tree.” I really enjoyed the linear story structure you poem follow. My favorite part was the ending when you said, “The girl returned to the fountain for the last time, And took it apart brick by brick, And she threw each brick into a different vast ocean, So she could…[Read more]

  • Cicely,
    I was attracted to you post because you were discussing mental heath, which is often a topic that is avoided in society. I think the first step to normalizing mental health is talking about it. I agree with you in that the biggest problem against normalizing mental health is, “Associating violent crimes with a person’s mental health o…[Read more]

  • Not everyone is optimistic about life beyond Earth.  Enrico Fermi is attributed to Fermi’s paradox which questions if there is alien life why haven’t they made contact with us if they are so advanced. A mealtime

    • I really like the two points of view that you showed us. It makes us think there are two distinct sides of the story. It would have been very interesting to see your point of view. This topic is very interesting but if you think about it the aliens could be like us and are waiting for us to go and find them. They could also be way to far away to imagine that us or they do not have the technology. I really do not think we have enough evidence to make any conclusions. We just have to wait.

    • If you asked me the question does alien exists? I would probably say yes. Space is to big for us to even know if alien are real or not, but I do believe that there is something else out there and we aren’t alone. You can’t really prove that aliens aren’t real because we can only travel so far we can only think so big and space is huge. I am happy you mention the zoo hypothesis I didn’t really know that that was a thing, I have thought about that theory before but I didn’t know there was a official term for it. But I believe that alien could be watching us and studying us.

  • Gerardo,
    You poem was really run to read. I, too, identify with being courageous. Bravery has opened me to new experiences and I think that is what I related to most in you poem. I really like your writers voice and you seemed very optimistic especially when you said, “Heights became my friends. Fear was no longer an enemy. Injuries helped me…[Read more]

  • Averi,
    I am so glad your wrote on the topic of gun control because it is a big issue and is prevalent. I agree with you when you emphasized on the point where we need to protect our own people and educate them. After the Parkland shooting, many people our age have been speaking out against the issue of gun violence. I think this is our time to…[Read more]

  • Adelle,
    I love how your poem explores life, death and everything in between. I enjoyed the lines that said, “It is not my name that shall be remembered, But the symphony of light I created.” because you are completely right, all we leave behind is the impacted we have on this world. Your poem is beautifully written, keep writing! I can’t wait to…[Read more]

  • Zach,
    I thought your post was interesting and your stance was unique. I agree that religion has lead to persecution but in a way I think it’s beautiful and is a true test of faith. Religion has been around forever and when things go bad, it gives you something to believe in. I think faith has done more good than harm. Everyday someone is…[Read more]

  • People have been contemplating extraterrestrial life long before I have.  The ancient Greek considered the possibility of civilizations in our infinite universe. Later, Copernicus’ model opened that door to

    • Andrea,
      I thought those were very interesting statistics, and I thought it was super cool that the amount of people taht believed in aliens was roughly 60%, which I thougth was really cool. I thougth this was outside the box, and I really liked it. Heres an interesting article https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/discovery-alien-life-might-not-bring-response-you-d-expect-ncna849046

    • Andrea,
      I found your post to be very insightful. I especially found your analyzation on the communication factor between aliens and us to be very true, “The comparison between modern humans and the Neanderthals is the best analogy between us and aliens.” One article that I enjoyed discusses Stephan Hawking’s view on a possible result if there were ever an Alien to Human Encounter. This is the article link that you may find intriguing, https://www.space.com/29999-stephen-hawking-intelligent-alien-life-danger.html. Thank you for your post.

      -Thomas K.

    • Hi Andrea,
      I found your post very intriguing. I too have always wondered if there is extraterrestrial life out there. The universe is constantly expanding and possibilities for new life and organisms is too with each minute. I believe, contrary to the popular belief, that our potential aliens are concerned for human hostility towards the universe more than we are with them. If you want to find out more about this topic there is this great documentary on netflix you can watch that I found interesting: https://www.netflix.com/title/80171742
      Thank you for sharing!

    • This post was great Andrea! I love reading about the mysteries and potentials of space. I without a doubt believe that there is life out there in infinitely many forms. Based on the idea that space is infinite, there must be infinitely many possibilities for life on other planets. I love your comparison of us to Neanderthals as aliens to us. This reminds me of something I watched that said us and apes have a 4 percent DNA change and they are relatively close to our infants. This means that if an alien species has a small as a 4 percent DNA change from us, we would basically be compared intelligently to their infants. Any more change in DNA and we would be so irrelevantly stupid they wouldn’t spend time to visit us. Here is a post I think you would like.

      Neil deGrasse Tyson Weighs in on the Existence of Alien Life

  • Lindsay,
    I haven’t really thought about our dependence on family and friends which makes your topic unique. Insecurity and isolation are negative affects of the lack of social interaction and I agree with you when you said, “By believing that we need to be independent to be fulfilled, we are keeping ourselves from connections that we need in our…[Read more]

  • Brooklyn,
    This topic really interested me because it is different than anything on Youth Voices and its so relatable. You said that girls more frequently get in trouble for their dress code and I completely agree with that statement. There has been times where I have been called into the office for “giving myself the wrong image” with what I…[Read more]

  • The sky twinkles on a starry night, filling the pure darkness with tiny specks of light, looking up I wonder, “Is there life beyond Earth?”  Millions of miles away huge gas stars burn and even bigger planets rota

    • Hi Andrea,

      I find this topic very interesting. The universe is so vast, so infinitely large that it is impossible to wrap my brain around it. Because the universe is so big, I agree that there must be some other life forms outside our solar system and maybe in our own galaxy. There is a lot of debate and different view points on this topic, so I would encourage you to do some more research on the possibility of life on other planets!

      Here is an interesting video on the “Fermi Paradox” to get you started:

  • Gogisgksoquili,
    I could feel the rage through the screen as I was reading your poem. You did an excellent job of putting yourself in Khalil shoes when you were writing. This poem shoes how racism is a prevalent issue and is overlooked when you don’t have the chance to tell your story. I thought the lines, “HOW WOULD YOU FEEL, if you had to…[Read more]

  • Andrea commented on the post, Miracles 2 years, 5 months ago

    Your story touched my heart. This was beautifully written and you wrote about your family with such love I could feel it. You have come a long way and I find your story interesting because it is very inspiring. I would love to know more about your organization, “Hope,” and all the work you do. Thanks for sharing your positivity and…[Read more]

  • McKayla,
    This poem was so powerful! I love how you started with the vivid dream and then it partially came true. How you ended, “Because Starr you are ‘Something to live for and something to die for,'” brought a strong emotion out of me. You exemplified extremely love for someone in just a line. I can’t wait to hear more from you.

  • Alexandria,
    Your post very nicely explained how the digital world has effected us at home and day to day with businesses. I agree that once you are plugged in you can’t go back, not just because it is easy and efficient, but that is how everyone communicates. The way you ended this post gave me a lot of thought, we need to be more aware of how…[Read more]

  • Is Marijuana a medicine?  Twenty-eight states say that marijuana is a medicine, but the Utah lawmakers insist that it shouldn’t be legal, except for cases of severe epilepsy.  Some say the use of marijuana can hel

    • Andrea,
      This is a very interesting topic to be bringing up in todays world because of the variety of views on it. I agree that medical marijuana should be allowed because of all the benefits. However, I can also see the point that people may take advantage of this legalization and misuse the drug. There is also the problem of people not realizing the benefits of marijuana and only focusing on the fact that it is a drug, but for medical use I believe the positives greatly out weigh the negatives. I found a website that just covers the basics of medical marijuana and why they haven’t approved of it completely, it is https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine. Thank you for writing on such a controversial topic and sharing your opinion. I hope to read more from you in the future.

    • Andrea,
      I am a strong advocate for this topic. It is a huge discussion in this country today withe very state legalizing it but the federal government trying to shut it down. I believe Marijauna is safer to use then alcohol or nicotine. The legalization of marijuana is growing, although Tobacco companies and pharmaceutical companies are fighting against it since it hurts them. I believe this link could help you better understand who is fighting against them https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/12/08/pot-legalization-opponents-aim-to-protect-their-bottom-line . Hope you can find more on this topic because it is a large and very important one to be discussed and fixed.

  • Our nation, a beacon of freedom, should still be able to protect Americans as well as others, while still affirming the values of privacy and liberty. This delicate balance questions how much the government should

    • Dear Andrea,
      I am fascinated about your post “Government knows to much” because you are revealing something that is true about our government these days. They are threatening people that come from other places because of where they come from, while they need to be protected and not threatened. And they should be given the same liberty and privacy as others. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is “Our nation, a beacon of freedom, should still be able to protect Americans as well as others, while still affirming the values of privacy and liberty.” because if we have the right to liberty and privacy everyone should get the same thing to create a equitable society no matter their race, background, gender, etc… Another sentence that stood out to me is “There is room for the government to know too much about it citizens which is dangerous.” where you talked about Winston in the book of 1984 by Orwell, and that really connects to our society if the government tries to control more of the things that we do in our daily lives and that would not be good because we would be under more control. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because have great ideas to write about and your writing is convincing.

      -Olga M

    • Dear Andrea,
      I am enchanted about your post “ Government Knows Too Much,” because it’s true, the government is not protecting its citizens. They should not know much and their scrutiny should be limited. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Surveillance programs should be limited to suspicion of terror threats instead of threatening citizen’s privacy.” I think this is outstanding because the government should change the way their policy is and make it to the benefit of its citizens. Another sentence that stood out to me was was: “ What do you think?” This stood out to me because it is important to ask for other’s opinion. I believe that you are absolutely correct and the government should change. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to see some fabulous ideas that you might have on our government today.

    • Dear Lizbeth Alvarado :
      I am agreeing about your post “Government Knows Too Much” because sometimes we want our own privacy but we cannot do that because the government is always looking at us. Another reason why I agree with your post is because they do have a lot control over us but it is for our own good. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ The National Security Agency helps keep Americans safe from terrorist threats.” I think this is true because they do keep us safe. This is also a great point because it makes us realize that the government does care for us and they do what they do for a reason. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you make some great points. Also, because I want to know what else yu are thinking about.
      -Lizbeth Alvarado

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