• Hi Fred,
    I really liked your article, and it brings up an important issue in our country today. I thought it was interesting the way you approached this issue, and hitting one of the main concepts. Everyone needs to feel loved and cared for. And I also liked the part when you said “kids that shoot up schools are not loners, the misconception of…[Read more]

  • Sage,
    I really enjoyed reading this article. I loved how you started off with your exchange students, and told us about how you are using technology in a positive manner to benefit your life. I also made friends with an exchange students from Germany at my school, and we are still able to talk using technology. I do agree that because of…[Read more]

  • In our time as seniors we have started applying to colleges, or even getting accepted to the schools that we have applied too. It is a societal norm to go to college, and most people feel forced to go, because it

    • Jack replied 1 month ago

      Caleigh,
      I think that this is a very revenant topic in the world today. I am also a senior in High School and going through the application process and seeing what college is the right one for me, cost is a very large part of deciding where to go. I think that you have a very strong topic and agree with what you have said above.

    • Anna replied 1 month ago

      Caleigh,
      As a senior, this is on the forefront of my family’s mind. No matter what school you go to, at the end of the day you’re paying for a degree, and it’s insane that it can cost up to $60,000 a year to attend college. This is such an interesting topic, and if you’d like to find out even more, I found a great article about just how much the price of college (private public, and in-state) has gone up in the last twenty year: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2017-09-20/see-20-years-of-tuition-growth-at-national-universities. I agree with you that going to college is really important, and you pretty much need to go in todays world. Thanks for your post!

  • Hello Brynna, I found your article very compelling and it spoke to me a lot. I definitely will agree with what you said in your post. I believe we have the right to kneel, and protest, and march so that people in our country can be treated equally. I also will agree with your point about how people talk about this issue in negative ways, but yet…[Read more]

  • Koji, this was a very interesting post, and I think its holds true in many aspects. I definitely agree with that statement of how our society focuses heavily on self improvement. Everywhere you go there is some book, or article or accessory you can buy to “change your life”, and how friends can impact your lives in ways that materialistic things…[Read more]

  • There has been a big talk about poverty in the world and even in America. According to the Huffington Post about 14.5% of americans live below the poverty line, and get some form of assistance from the government.

    • HI! I enjoyed reading this post because this is a topic that I feel strongly about as well. For the past two summers, I have gone to Haiti on mission trips and seen the poverty there. It is similar to the kind that you describe that you saw in Thailand. After seeing the poverty in Haiti, coming back to America redefined the meaning of poverty to me. We are lucky to be able to live in the United States where we do have government programs that can help people in poverty in America.
      -Shenika

    • Caleigh,
      I loved your post. It really spoke to me. I think it is incredible that you got the opportunity to experience going to another country and getting to see and live in Thailand’s culture and environnment. It was very interesting to read somewhat of what it is like their. When you said that they somehow seem happier despite having to do everything manually, I believe that they are happier because they have to do everything manually because they work hard for what they earn or have or even wear.

      We in America are very lucky but it also is sad because so many people are selfish with their money and spend it when they are rich wen we could all as a country try to help other countries that are in poverty to help them get out of it or have it be a little better. I think it is inspiring that they do everything manually.

    • Hello Caleigh, I’d like to mention that I am really satisfied in how you compare the differences between poverty in America to poverty in third world countries because of the fact that many people in America’s society may not have knowledge in subjects that deal with the difference between problems in economies. One thing in the context that stood out to me was when you quoted “This summer I had the amazing opportunity to go to Thailand for a humanitarian service trip for two weeks to serve in a community, where they were living in poverty….” this line intrests me in the way that its so crazy and just mind blowing on how your perspective and vision of something changes to not be one sided to having multiple views of one religion, culture, and etc. This mainly makes me remember of when people use to categorize me as just an Asian kid with all of the stereotypes you could imagine to think of but they got surprised to know real facts and history of my culture and the traditions we celebrate. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience in this subject I really look forward to your next post!!

  • This survey was very interesting concept to do a capstone on, and a topic that has had a lot of talk the past couple years. I liked all the questions you asked in the survey because I feel they spark your mind in a way to make you think about what genetic engineering is. I am excited to see what the results are, and I hope you share them with us.…[Read more]

  • Hi Montana, I think your topic is very interesting, and I do think you bring up a valid point. Being on your phone, and technology has put a major strain on mental and physical health. I know from myself, that I suffer from withdrawals from my phone, and have often times choose to stay on my phone rather than getting exercise, or working on my…[Read more]

  • Rim, I am very intrigued by your topic of research. I think racism is a very important topic, and it affects the lives of many people within the United States, as well as other countries. The sources that you linked too are very insightful, and I believe that all of the reasons are issues today, and cause an issue towards racism. But on the other…[Read more]

  • Hi Issa, I think this topic is very interesting and a very needed topic to discuss. This past summer I went to Thailand for a service trip, and I witnessed what it was like for impoverished countries to not care about women’s education. Its shocking that 1.1 million people in the world are currently not going to school and that roughly 70% of that…[Read more]

  • 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…[Read more]

  • I found this information on Utah Department of Health. The website is linked above.

  • Mental Health is an ongoing issue within the Utah community. According to Utah Department of Health, the average total charges per year for ER visits and hospitalizations for suicide attempts was $4.2 million for

    • Dear Caleigh
      I am intrigued by the fact so many people are not that happy in Utah. One thing that stands out to me is the fact that “the youth ages 10-13 make up 13.0%. Of those 13.0% people 5.01% are suicides.” How did you find out this information to know. I would like to know more because I think it would interesting to see what the total percent of suicides are in the whole U.S.A
      Regards,
      Jaliaya

    • Caleigh, I found this post very intriguing. It also astounds, yet doesn’t surprise me that Utah has such a high suicide rate. I have looked into the linkage of Mormon religion and teen suicide very thoroughly in my own studies. This article here
      ( http://religionnews.com/2016/03/12/study-shows-link-teen-suicide-mormon-populations/ ) was very interesting to me and it showed how the high mormon population can have an effect on mental illness and suicide. I myself have had some very close personal experience with observing an individual who was raised in a strict LDS family who eventually committed suicide and I’ve seen how a lot of outsiders have blamed it on the religion itself. I see how this could come across as offensive towards the LDS religion however, I do believe there is a direct effect, especially with the views held in the religion itself towards LGBTQ individuals. This topic really interests me and I hope to find out more about how this linkage is represented.

    • This was a very eye-opening post Caleigh. I think you discussed a topic that most of society is too scared to address, and I am very impressed with the manner in which you did this. I think you gave a lot of accurate information that was backed up by statistics and resources. However, I wish you would elaborate or explain more on the statistics. While numbers give you proof of what your arguing they can sometimes be hard to comprehend and your article would be stronger if your reader completely understood the message you were trying to convey. I think the quote “they say In 2014 (the year the most recent data is available), the % Mormon in a U.S. state is associated with a higher level of youth suicides in that state” is very interesting. While I think it’s a good point I think you should maybe restate it in a way that would not come across as offensive to those in the LDS community. While it is a good point that backs up your argument, just remember the different people making up your audience.

      I think if you wrote about how we can address this as a society and the solutions to this increasing problem your reader would feel more compelled to share your article and its solutions. I am very intrigued to see what you write next on this topic, and if you address how you personally think we will address this. I suggest looking at this article. It might give you some ideas to elaborate on!

      https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wicked-deeds/201403/the-reality-suicide-growing-epidemic

      Can’t wait to read more- Tess

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