• Yojana, I really enjoyed your poem, it’s short and gets the suddenness across. I like the tie in with Romeo and Juliet and your experiences. It makes the thing more well rounded and answers the ‘why’ the poem was created nicely. As I’ve read through your poem through a couple of times now, with the word “FIGHT” is it dramatic, like saying it…[Read more]

  • Hailey, you took this down a path I didn’t expect, and I loved it. Who knew reading fiction was beneficial. “When we read about other people, we can imagine ourselves into their position and we can imagine it’s like being that person…That enables us to better understand people, better cooperate with them.”…[Read more]

  • The use of anti-depressants in America has risen over the past few years. About 16 million people take antidepressants according to a survey taken from 2011-2014 and that number is expected to

    • Hi, Anna! Thank you for sharing; I thought your post was very intriguing to read. I agree that today antidepressant use is rising due to how much stress is put on us from a young age. I found it interesting how those who follow a religion are less susceptible to developing depression than those who don’t- despite Mormons. Diving deeper behind the answer of it’s “the culture”- could you please elaborate on what kind of Mormon cultural influences specifically lead to depression? I thought your article was great. Again, thank you for sharing.

    • Anna, I really liked this piece! I think that nowadays so many people are taking anti-depressants that we are almost acting like it is okay. We don’t want people to be depressed, but it is kind of turning into a “trend” to be depressed. I do think with all the work from school and social standards, students struggle a lot more than they did during the past, but what can we do to change this? Personally, for me I know so many people on anti-depressants in Utah so that statistic doesn’t surprise me at all. I do think the Mormon culture has a large effect on our city that is rarely positive. Thank you for sharing, I am very interested in your topic!

  • Beth, I was really happy to see your post. Lots of people are concerned about Bambi being dinner then how the whole ecosystem benefits. I went on search for an opposing view, and PETA did not let me down. https://www.peta.org/about-peta/why-peta/predator-reintroduction-programs/ is where they make a few good points. It’s stressful for animals to…[Read more]

  • Johan, as someone who procrastinates from time to time when it comes to things like essays, I think this is an interesting article. I found a website that states that “the most important part of any new habit is getting started — not just the first time, but each time. It’s not about performance, it’s about consistently taking action.” I think…[Read more]

  • Since movie makers have a crippling fear of creating something original, they are currently remaking and doing adaptations of multiple things, such as video games. Most recently, TOMB RAIDER, that is supposed to

    • Bobby replied 1 month ago

      I really want there to be a good video game movie. The only movie directly based off a game that was semi-good was Mortal Kombat, and semi-good may be too nice. If the filmmakers have a vision it could possibly work, but I doubt it. It sounds like they’re going for a cash grab and trying to bank off the Tomb Raider name. I do agree a lot of work will have to be done to her character to make her developed. Do you think it could work? Remember the last Tomb Raider movie. Here’s more info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146316/

    • Dear Anne,
      I am moved by your post,¨Can Videogame to Movie Adaptations Work?¨. I am moved because I am a gamer as well and I want there to be a good movie adaptation of a game. One of the sentences you wrote,¨I think that’s why they fall apart, because they can’t make it a game, but they can’t just ignore the game’s audience preferences.¨ I agree with you on this because when they make a movie out of a game the audience is gonna be 99% gamers if not all gamers. And a large amount of them have played said game. For example for the Assasains creed movie I am a big fan of the series and played all of the games. I feel like they didn’t as well as they could have because it’s a movie they don’t have those hours people spend on games to develop the protagonist which leads to a lot of holes and a lack of understanding. This might not be a problem because most of the people watching come from the games but those who don’t won’t understand a lot of the concepts that are established in the game but not in the movies. Another part that stood out to me was,¨The recent games have clung to this more or less, being less strong in character growth but having overpowered weapons.¨” I think this is not true on some of the games but on most it is. This mainly relies on games that you play for example a lot of games like that could be superhero games that are great but do use that format. But games like The last of us are more in depth with the story than anything else another one is Shadow of War I find this game amazing because it goes in depth with the story and is an amazing sequel to the original Shadow of Mordor. This is another thing that goes with your post because this world is based on Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings series this was a good transition to the game from the movies because it’s not the movie at all it’s in the same setting and uses the same ideas but it goes in depth with new characters. I think this is the approach movies should take not the exact same characters but the same settings and the same world. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it’s always interesting to talk about video games with someone and see their perspectives on the games we all play and love.

  • Charles,
    This topic has been flooding media lately. I have had conversations with almost half of my teachers about this subject, not to mention a popular dinner conversation topic. I think you nail what’s going on with you statement, “One thing people are failing to realize that is that they aren’t trying to disrespect anyone, but they’re try…[Read more]

  • Lindsay,
    I found your question interesting. Humans are such social beings, that being in social isolation is something that we don’t really think about and doesn’t occur naturally easily. As you said, “Everyday we make hundreds of connections with others, and they bring us different emotions.” If you wanted to go deeper into this question, the I…[Read more]

  • The vaquita porpoise.

    How can we save them?

    So, there are roughly 30 left in the wild. The vaquita, lovingly known as the panda porpoise, because of its patches, is the smallest cetacean with the smallest range.

    • Anna, to get images of vaquitas you must upload images of vaquitas. XD
      Also, I really like this post. I was instantly drawn to it. I wonder why. Also, have you ever heard of the vaquita challenge? I think you’d reaaalllyyy enjoy it. It’s great to raise awareness for the vaquita.

      According to http://porpoise.org/save-the-vaquita/ you can help by donating to efforts, adopting a vaquita (which they have a button for), buying sustainable seafood, avoiding Mexican shrimp, establish tourism opposed to fishing around the Sea of Cortez, and raise awareness.

      I like how you laid this out, but I think it would be interesting if you could go into anything about the Mexican ban on gill nets, and whether they’re actually upholding it or not.

    • Great post Anna,
      I really believe that the endangerment of animals is something to be addressed, and seeing as how I haven’t even heard of vaquita porpoises until now shows how little people talk about these endangered animals. I like how you approached the topic of what we can do to engage ourselves in the preservation of the vaquita porpoise, which also allows for people to think about the idea of other animals that could possibly be endangered. I found an article talking about the “ten most famous endangered animals” and I noticed that a lot of people believe these animals to be abundant.


      I believe this just shows how ignorant we are as a people to what is occurring around us and that we do not want to believe that these animals could go extinct. All in all, this was a great article and I hope you continue to produce articles like this. Thank you

  • William,
    I think that this is a cool idea. I personally like rugby so I decided to check out what you have to say. I have found a few websites that I think can and will help you when you start your research and maybe, help you make a convincing argument for rugby. The first website, http://www.rochester.edu/team/benefits-of-sports-to-students/ is…[Read more]

  • Moiranda, I just took your survey and I think what you’re doing is very interesting. I think it’s important to see how and where people see sexism especially in our age group (I mean, the site is called youth voices). I like how you said sexism and didn’t split it up and only ask about women in relation to sexism. If you think about it, sexism…[Read more]

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