• 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!
      -Logan

    • 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.

  • Ceceli commented on the post, I know this… 4 days, 19 hours ago

    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 5 days, 3 hours ago

    Abby,
    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]

  • Ceceli commented on the post, Reading Into Empathy 1 month ago

    Hailey,
    the way you took this piece was very interesting. I has no idea that reading could be linked to empathy and the more fictional books someone reads the more empathetic they are. It makes sense though, you learn from the things you reader experience; so if a character in a novel is empathetic it is more likely for someone reading it to act…[Read more]

  • Cellphones have become an integral part of our modern day society. It’s as though we cannot make it throughout the day without checking our phones and this is something that has become normal. Interactions with

  • Ceceli wrote a new post, Enigma 2 months ago

    Words are extremely powerful; they can describe any emotion we are feeling and allow us a way in which we can express them. Though there are other ways to communicate, such as with body language, it is most

    • Words are powerful as you say in your post. I see them as being part of the world that is not seen as important because of the sheer volume of them we hear. The word enigma is fascinating in that it makes the reader or listener ponder what is the enigma and because of its elusiveness it can mean different things or be a different image to everyone.

    • Abby replied 2 months ago

      Ceceli,
      I never knew there were that many words in the English language and despite there being 200,000 I still often struggle with what to say. Like you, I also enjoy the word enigma and heard it first in the imitation game. There’s a certain mystery to the word itself and it almost sounds like another language. thank you for your post, and I look forward to hearing more.

  • Ceceli commented on the post, Make Better Choices 2 months ago

    Diana,
    I agree that this is an issue that has been affecting a lot of peoples lives. I think it would be helpful to this piece if you gave more information about the different sides on the issue of abortion. I definitely agree that it is best to keep an objective opinion when discussing difficult topics like this.

  • Emma,
    Wow I really enjoyed reading that because it is so relatable. I too have several, not very well kept, journals that document events that had happened to me from about 8th grade and on. I cringe reading some of the things I wrote in there. But I think that having all of these journals are a really good way to look back on how much I really…[Read more]

  • With Halloween lurking around the corner and spooky sensations all around, it is the prime time for the horror industry. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year and since it is about two weeks away I

    • Ceceli,
      I am not too big of a fan of horror movies, so your piece interested me. After reading the last paragraph I was somewhat disappointed because of how much more I would like to see! I understand you were probably going for more of a short and sweet essay, but there’s a lot of potential in here. If you wrote something more in depth about the ideas of horror movies, it could become really popular! Now these are just ideas, and I love what you have here. I do also want to let you know there are a couple grammar and spelling mistakes in here, but a one look over to find them wouldn’t hurt. I do think the question you posed was interesting, and I hope to see more!
      Thanks.

    • Dear Ceceli,
      I am interested in your post because the reason why people enjoy being scared and horror is still something people don’t really know the answer to. I believe the reason why people love horror so much is the thrill and the spike in adrenaline people get from being scared. People have a natural fight or flight response and adrenaline is released to prepare the body.

      One thing you said that stood out to me was “These experiences range from watching horror films to skydiving and bungee jumping.” because people don’t relate horror and things like skydiving. They both put senses of danger on a person and cause adrenaline rush.

  • I think the way you went about writing this was really interesting. I think a lot of the time people don’t really consider the United States to be one of immigrants, but it is. We are all kinds of mixed from all different areas of the world. Even just looking at classmates in my school everyone is so diverse but still from the United States. For…[Read more]

  • Kavi, I think this is a really pressing issue in America right now so I think its an interesting topic to be looking into. I think that the law needs some adjustment because yes everyone should have the right to bear arms but only if they are stable to have one. If someone has a scary past giving them a gun should be scary, but at the same time…[Read more]

  • I think your topic is very interesting. Its also really cool your family has their own business. I think big businesses like Walmart that are taking away from small businesses are hurting people who run them. Something you could look into is how big businesses are run and if there is any way that it could help small businesses. You could also look…[Read more]

  • I think your research topic is something that is an important issue. What age demographic are you looking into researching? because your research could go several different ways based on ages you choose from. You could also look into different kinds of abuse. there is physical and emotional abuse and both are very harmful. This is an interesting…[Read more]

  • This is such a relatable post. It is really amazing you are able to talk freely about mental illnesses because I feel so many of us try to cover them up and pretend they don’t exist but they are a part of us. I think it is so important that we acknowledge mental illnesses and talk about them. I found this article about a man who also suffers from…[Read more]

  • This is really interesting and something I never really put much thought into because I am not very religious. If I had to say what gender God is I would love to imagine God as a woman. God is supposed to be this all loving being and I think the caring nature is closely connected to that of a woman. Im not quite sure whether God has a specific…[Read more]

  • I am an only child. I was raised with cousins who were similar to my age so it was kind of like I had siblings but not the same. I wanted to know how a sibling affects the way a child acts and if this affects them

    • Ceceli, I found it interesting that your post was about being an only child. I know that being an only child, has played a big part in your life, and I can kind of relate to being an only child. My brothers have both recently left home, and I definitely do feel more independent without them being at the house. The statement “The scans of those only children who showed less agreeable traits showed less gray matter in the medial prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain known to be involved in thinking about the self in relation to others” is very intriguing to me. I definitely can tell a difference in people who are only children vs kids with siblings. For example in preschool, the kids with other siblings are more willing to share their stuff, where kids who are only children, are more dependent and a little bit more unwilling to share their belongings. With that being said I know your family has played a major part in your life, and you are constantly with your cousins. Do you think that being an only child with interactions with your immediate family had affected you as badly as kids with little to no family interactions? I found this article about how only children are more likely to be a leader of a group, and it is interesting to read this, due to the fact that I can see a very dominant figure in your personality. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8gkqga/we-asked-some-experts-if-being-an-only-child-really-fucks-you-up-836. This article was very interesting and it is insightful to see how being an only child can impact your life.

    • Ceceli, your post is super interesting. I had no idea that being an only child could change the actual structure of somebody’s brain. It’s interesting to see somebody else’s point of view and hear about their family experience especially because I am not an only child. I also think it’s interesting that you grew up with your cousins, so that could have limited the effects of being an only child. Anyways, great post!

    • Dear Ceceli,
      I am an only child as well and I can relate to this post a lot. After thinking about myself and people with siblings, this post rings true. https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-discovered-that-being-an-only-child-affects-brain-structure This article tells of a similar article to yours as well, but the reason the only children have better thinking and creativity is because (possibly) they spend more time on them, so they can foster their intelligence. But I would have to say I lack a lot in social skills, then I could have had if I had a brother or sister. If you could do more research about this and post about it again. I would love to read it.

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