• Andrea commented on the post, Song of Myself 6 days, 8 hours ago

    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!

  • 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:

  • Andrea commented on the post, How Would You Feel? 3 weeks ago

    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 3 weeks 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.

  • Tanner,
    I thought it was interesting how many benefits come from meditation. In my fit for life class, we have practiced mindfulness which is a form of meditation. I, too, have seen and felt the benefits. After I have practiced being mindful, I felt like it helped me be more productive. Like in this article by Brainwave,…[Read more]

  • Diana,
    I have had several close people in my life commit suicide and I have often wondered the same thing, what causes depression. I think there are many contributing factors that leads a person to take their own life. Here’s an article by Harvard Medical School that may give you some more insight…[Read more]

  • Unsophisticated Love

    Influenced by the Lyric “Unsophisticated Love” by Matt Burton


    Messes with my feelings, but I’m down for the ride.

    Hot bodies pile in,

    The engines ignites,

    Music connects and gears

  • Andrea commented on the post, Metal Heals 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I thought it was interesting when you quoted, “people who chose to be pissed off actually showed a greater sense of well-being overall than the people who avoided feelings of unpleasantness,” because I see how positive impact in letting that negative energy out. I was apart of the population that assumed that those who listened to hea…[Read more]

  • Thomas, when you mentioned Utah’s geography being a bowl shape causing the bad air to stay was very interesting. In the future, maybe elaborate on how we can reduce this and go into the science behind the inversions. Last year I went to a clean air rally at the capital and it was cool to speak out for something that was important to me. I know…[Read more]

  • Jasmine,
    I enjoyed reading your post and agree that this is an issue. Taking a knee is a peaceful protest and practices our Amendment of freedom of speech and I don’t see anything wrong with that. I thought it was interesting when you brought up a former coach “feels that everyone has the right to protest but if you’re a professional athlete, y…[Read more]

  • Paola,
    Your post is really inspiring, especially when you said, “that shows how much I’m proud to be who I am” because you are not afraid to be yourself and often times people are scared to be unique. Also, I think it’s important that you’re not letting stereotypes dictate who you are. I can relate to you in that I want to be successful and I w…[Read more]

  • Money, Happiness, Freedom, Peace are frequently mentioned when you are asked, “What do you most desire in life”, and I often ask myself “Where does that feeling come from?”  Desires provide a motivational force in

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