• I chose ten lines from act 1 scene 3 lines 527-537.  The speaker of these lines is Desdemona. I learned while practicing this just how important the way you say things is. The words themselves are extremely

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    Dad, I am very torn. You gave me life and an education and I answer to you. I am your daughter but he is my husband now. As mother was so loyal to you and chose you over her father, I must also be

  • Niki,
    your topic is extremely interesting. It is not surprising to me that our high meat consumption is linked to chronic illnesses. The china study you mention sounds really interesting. Its definitely cool to learn that plant-based diets are better for us. I found this website about meat consumption in America that might be interesting.…[Read more]

  • Yaqui,
    This is a really powerful poem! With everything going on in our world today it is really important to acknowledge change and how it should be a part of our lives. I love that you say that the youth are like the seeds that are planted because I too believe that the youth of our world are going to be the change. We have identified problems…[Read more]

  • Talk regarding Planned Parenthood has been in the media spotlight as arguments on both sides about keeping funding for it have arisen. This talk about planned parenthood has caused many truths and misconceptions

    • Hi Ceceli! I love the research that you’re doing, it’s very important to find the misconceptions about Planned Parenthood and educate those that have certain misconceptions. It’s hard to have a conversation when uneducated parties try to make points that aren’t even relevant or true. I think it’s pretty cool that our classmates knew so much about Planned Parenthood in your survey, it gives me hope for our generation!! Here’s an article that talks more about planned parenthood misconceptions if you wanna take a look: https://www.thecut.com/2017/01/misconceptions-about-planned-parenthood.html

    • Ceceli, I really enjoyed this post because PP is relevant in our lives so much. I believe that we need to keep the PP’s open. They have helped women all across the world in so many ways. Many people don’t understand that and that is why it is important to start informing others. I took your survey as well and it is awesome that we know so much about it already. Here is an article I found: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/6-myths-about-planned-parenthood/

    • Ceceli,
      This is a very relavent and interesting topic that I wish people knew more about. I think that the misconception that all planned parenthood does is abortions is ridiculous and neglects to realize how many people that need the help that they offer. It isnt fair to deny people basic medical care and contraceptives especially if we dont allow them to get abortions and people need to get much more educated on the subject and how helpful it is to so many people.


    • Ceceli, I think that your topic concerning the misconceptions of Planned Parenthood is very important as it plays a very big role in our society. Many people underestimate how much good it does for humanity as a whole, and not everybody understands this idea. I found it shocking when you said that, “The most common misconception formed about planned parenthood and what they do is that they are all about abortions.” I provided a link to a website that goes more in-depth on this issue. Thank you for sharing and please continue to write more!

  • I love your piece! it is really special that you are able to share so much about yourself through this. Thanks for your writing!

  • Annie,
    I am also doing my research project about women’s reproductive rights but have taken on a wider lens. I am focusing my research on not just abortion but planned parenthood and all of the different services they provide. I like that you have the different arguments you are using clearly explained. Some of the numbers regarding the amount…[Read more]

  • Planned parenthood is in the media spotlight as “Republicans push to block funding for the group because it provides abortions for women.” (CNN). Planned Parenthood receives $500 million a year in funding from the

    • Ceceli,
      I’m so happy you chose this topic, because it’s something that I think you feel very strongly about, and so do I and many other people. I’m also happy that you addressed the subject of private donations with regards to the funding of planned parenthood. It’s really hard to say whether these donations would be able to uphold such a large community that is trying so hard to help so many people, I wonder if any of your personal research via interviews and surveys could find any of that out? Also, I think it would be really beneficial to mention the other services that PP provides as a counterargument, so that it is clear that the idea of Republican’s “anti-abortion” views are completely absurd in this case, because PP isn’t just an abortion clinic. I love the topic!

    • Cec- This is a great article, and I think you did a great job sticking to the facts. On such a controversial topic, it can be hard to look at actual evidence towards either side, or facts that don’t play into either argument. Your article did a great job informing the reader on the views of certain groups, and I also learned about how exactly money from taxes goes towards planned parenthood. I think it would be great to pair all of these facts with the opinions of a few experts in your research paper. Excited to read more from you!

    • Ceceli- this is a great topic to discuss because it is so prevalent in so many people’s lives. The thing I have noticed when discussing this issue with people is that it is not a logical or moral one. it seems to be an emotional one on both sides. I see pro life pro choice arguments come down to the most basic: that’s just how I feel and you’re not going to change my mind. So often this is what we need to counter in the world today is finding a way to appeal to the emotional side of people you disagree with rather than their logical side.
      Thanks, Simon

    • Ceceli, I think you did a good job with this post, objectively speaking. you stuck to the facts and addressed all the things PP does which many don’t realize. you also made it unbiased which is challenging to do especially with a heavy topic like this. this article, https://www.thecut.com/2017/01/misconceptions-about-planned-parenthood.html should help deepen your research on this. Personally i do think abortion is wrong but without it we would have more deaths from illegal abortions. I think we should cut funding slightly for other just as important organizations and PP should move their focus away from abortion and maybe give more attention to the other aspects that you brought up giving it a friendlier reputation. Cant wait to hear more from you.

  • Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization that provides affordable reproductive health services. Planned Parenthood’s goal is “to provide trusted community health care, inform and educate the community, l

  • Caleigh,
    Wow, these are some extremely shocking statistics. It is so crazy how many people have been affected personally by a mental illness or indirectly affected by a loved one suffering. It is scary to think that this issue is only increasing, not only in our community, but all over the world. It is a very costly thing to go to therapy or for…[Read more]

  • Jazmin,
    It is very interesting to read about the nickname that is so close to your heart because it is something from your grandma. I never had a nickname like that given to me when I was little other than an abreviation of my name. Has anyone you do not know very well called you morenita? How did you react to it if someone has? I found a website…[Read more]


    India has become a very special place to me and is very close to my heart. I travelled there this past December and think about it everyday. I learned a lot while there; things ranging from what it is like to

    • Ceceli, I loved how passionate you are about this issue. You can really tell it through your writing. It is crazy to think about how privladged we are to live in such a safe and oportunistic envrionement for women. Why do you think that they treat women the way the do? Is it because of their religon, or is it just because they are a less developed country? I thought about those two questions while I was reading your post. I found this article that talks a lot about every day life in India for a women (even though you already probably know much about it). https://www.cnn.com/2013/01/12/world/asia/india-women-challenge/index.html Good luck with your project! It is a very interesting topic.

    • Ceceli,
      What a moving topic to discuss for your research essay! It’s crazy to think how much of a big deal the wage-gap is in America when in other countries there’s no wage-gap to begin with because women are hardly ever even in the work face. Any time I learn new statistics about other countries, it makes me realize how inadequate the problems Americans face are. I think that adding more statistical evidence, and less opinion would be more effective in your research essay. I think the first and last paragraphs can include some personal opinions, but the rest should be solely based on evidence. Although, I do see how this may be hard to do since you’ve firsthandedly experienced the discrimination against women in India. The article- https://news.impactalpha.com/women-are-rising-to-indias-challenges-cda7555f723f?gi=51fb4d7f95a1 talks about the rising of women in India’s workforce, and I think it would give you some great specifics to add into your essay!

    • Cecili,

      It is a tremendous burden to bear even in thought and solidarity with women in India (and other countries) for whom these injustices are common. I love your post because it gave me an insight into the plight of these women. I think this is important to highlight because it helps us to be aware of issues that affect women and I hope that it serves as a catalyst to bring change to the world. One thing that stands out for me in your writing is “Acknowledging that there is an issue is the first step to solving or beginning to solve a problem this large.” This is vital to us becoming more responsible for our world and those in it.

  • Ceceli commented on the post, In 20 Years 2 years, 5 months ago

    It is very inspiring to see that you are so passionate about something that you could see yourself doing it twenty years. I like how you tied stereotypes in to this because I think a lot of times certain stereotypes can draw us away from our dreams and what we truly want to accomplish in your life. Thanks for your post!

  • Cicely,
    I’m really happy you wrote about this topic because it is something that has such a stigma around it. This is an issue that has affected everyone in the senior class and is something that will remain with us forever. This issue is always relevant, especially at our age and location. The question posed at the end of your post really makes…[Read more]

  • Tyler,
    I really enjoyed the video you made. I am from Utah and gun violence is not as large of an issue in comparison to where you are from. Ive never experienced a friend, peer, or family member be involved in gun violence so the fact you found people who were okay with telling their stories about gun violence is awesome. I think it is so…[Read more]

  • Tyler,
    Thank you for your post. I agree with you that some important values include equality, freedom and diversity. We are seen as a country who has countless opportunities for any one who is luck enough to make it here. I spent some time looking up what some other American values may be and found this article. It is pretty interesting and might…[Read more]

  • As a senior in high school I have entered the realm of college applications, waiting for acceptance, and selecting the place that is the best fit for me. It’s a scary process because there are so many aspects to

    • Ceceli,
      I wrote , my post on the same topic because it is such a pressing issue, especially to our class. Getting in to schools doesn’t even seem like that much of an accomplishment anymore, because I can’t afford most of my schools. The fact that college costs have skyrocketed while income has remained constant is terrible. It means that top-tier schools are only getting students who have enough money to attend, which is not how the system should work. I think you would like the article the New York Times wrote on the subject: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/upshot/america-can-fix-its-student-loan-crisis-just-ask-australia.html. It offers several possible solutions, which have been tried and tested in other countries. Thanks for your great article, keep up the good work!

    • Ceceli, as a fellow senior, the price of college is weighing heavily on my mind. I went to your first site and found it interesting that Rockefeller saw student loans as a way of coping with the high cost. I found a site ttps://www.cbsnews.com/news/forget-bad-debt-college-loans-are-the-worst-debt/ about how student loans are non-deductible, gains no equity, doesn’t grantee employment, and follows one forever. I think it’s an important part of the cost since many students plan on taking out loans, some of which they cannot pay back. Thanks for writing on this issue, and can’t wait for you next post.

    • Dear Ceceli,
      I am surprised about your post, “What needs to be done about the rising cost of college tuition,” because college funds is already a lot of money. I am now a junior and this makes me think real hard if I should go to college or not.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ According to the article, rising cost of American college tuition the average cost for a year at a four-year college ranges from $9,410 for in-state public tuition to $32,410 for private tuition.” I think this is frustrating because I’m a junior and I feel that by the time I graduate the college tuition would be higher than $32,410.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I need to know more about the future and what can I do to prepare myself.

    • Dear Ceceli,
      I am not surprised by your post. I know a lot of students are concerned and worried about financial issues when it comes to paying for college. Your post reminds me of a time more then 25 years ago when I was in college. I struggled to find funds to attend the school I wanted to go to. I was forced to work and find other ways to be able to afford my tuition. Although the working was a positive experience, I also lost out on a lot of college opportunities because I was working. I am also concerned about being able to afford college for my own children.
      I hope that this country assists families in finding ways for students to attend the college of their choice.

  • Khala,
    I really like your work. I think this is a very powerful piece. This is also a very prevalent issue in our world today and I really enjoy the way you chose to approach it. It is so heartbreaking that there are so many African Americans out there who will never get justice like the boy you wrote from the perspective of. Thank you for…[Read more]

  • Ceceli commented on the post, Shark Finning 2 years, 6 months ago

    I wasn’t fully aware of how immense this issue is. I knew of it and that parts of it were illegal but not the extremity of the problem. The amount of sharks that die from just being left in the ocean after having their fins cut is so sad. I wonder how these fisherman can hurt an innocent animal like this just for the profits it provides. I…[Read more]

  • German,
    I think this an interesting take on a modern version of Romeo and Juliet. I agree that a modern day story would involve races rather than the different kingdoms. I am not sure what the assignment was, but I would love to see this story expanded and brought to life because it is a really interesting one. I think the story of Romeo and…[Read more]

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