• Clara commented on the post, Austin Forever 4 months, 1 week ago

    Ana, I completely agree neighborhood safety is important. In addition to the neighborhood and the police that you mentioned, is there anything that you feel would improve the safety around your school and home more so? I also think that is really cool that at your school you have a space to be open and talk about yourself. That sounds like a great…[Read more]

  • Angelica, how do you think the uncertainty and pitfalls made Walt Disney the way he was, besides not being able to build his empire? I am curious as to how it affected him as a person. I think that would be a cool insight for your paper.

  • When you’re a baby, you’re afraid of falling and loud noise, two things that signal danger. The majority of fear comes from the innate instinct of survival. Along with those two basic fears, many people are afr

  • Yulisa, I think this is a very important topic that there needs to be more discussion about. You should expand on how the grading system encourages cheating and stress. I am excited to see how your paper turns out.

  • Clara commented on the post, Hello 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ivan, my mouth is watering for fried chicken after I read that. Even if you don’t have any significant turning points, maybe you could talk a little bit about the workers at the shop you go to and how their kindness and generosity affects you.

  • The article I read this week was about phobias again, specifically triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13. In an interview, Elizabeth Lampert claims that she is not scared on Friday the 13, but she is

    • Hi Clara,
      I think that this whole concept is really interesting. Here is an article about why hotels skip the 13th floor. https://www.orbitz.com/blog/2015/02/friday-13th-truth-behind-hotels-missing-13th-floors/
      Great job! I am excited to ready more about your topic
      -Maggie

    • Clara, I think this topic is so interesting. I didn’t know that this fear was so common that it had an official name. Great job I look forward to seeing what you write in the future.

    • Clara, This is such a cool topic you re writing about. I had no idea there was such thing as a fear of the number 13. It’s almost funny to think about. Looking at some of these previous comments and an observation I’ve made is that hotels and buildings usually skip from the 12th floor right to the 14th floor because of some people’s fear of the number 13. I would love to hear more about different weird and quirky phobias there are in the world! Keep up the good work.

  • Natalie, it is so important to have aspirations in life. I am thoroughly impressed by your commitment to your family. It seems like you know what is important to you. I completely agree that it is important to have
    a family but also a career for yourself. I saw you wanted to start your own business, what would that be?

  • The article that I annotated from gale databases was about phobias rather than fear itself. My essay is on fears including their origin, the types, and how they affect people’s lives. Phobias can deeply affect

  • I totally agree that the essence of the characters that Hughes’ captures in his movies remain completely relatable! I like how you mention that there seems to be an increase in the lack of respect for teenagers in general. However, I think there are several filmmakers that understand that, maybe find a few you could compare him to.

  • You said that the number of homeless people with mental illnesses has been increasing steadily since the 70’s. Why is that so? I think it is important how you mentioned the general public is more likely to be victimized, even if that is undeserving. You should expand on that for your explanatory essay.

  • Clara wrote a new post, Origins of Fear 5 months ago

    When you’re a baby, you’re afraid of falling and loud noise, two things that signal danger. The majority of fear comes from the innate instinct of survival. Along with those two basic fears, many people are afr

  • I picked a passage from Desdemona, lines 1.3.208-218. In this passage, Desdemona is speaking to her father meticulously but also with a bit of pain. She is torn between her father, who provided life, and Othello,

  • Jocelyn, while I can’t relate to your position exactly, I know how it feels to be stressed out and ready to finish high school! It may seem difficult to find the strength to keep going, especially when you are ready to graduate, but trust me, your success when you get your diploma will be all worth it. In the beginning you said you are sensitive…[Read more]

  • Hi Martin, I enjoyed your fresh perspective on the extent to which teachers should monitor online activity. While most students would advocate for privacy, you made some great points on why schools should step in. In the end of the second paragraph you said, “However besides the research you also should know the means of the bully and why they…[Read more]

  • Over the last few hundred years, racism has been encouraged, then fought against, looked down upon, and now fairly illegal in the form of hate crimes. While racism still exists, it is fought against in the form of

  • Clara commented on the post, Be Who You Are 9 months ago

    Brianna, this post is very self aware and it evokes in me a conscious perception of how I act around my peers at times. I agree that at times you find yourself sacrificing your individuality for a contrived thought of popularity. It is brave that you left your safety to find your real self and I can see now that you are unapologetically you. My…[Read more]

  • Student Debt is a crippling epidemic nowadays. People just trying to compete in this newly advancing economic society are stunted by student debt. Student debt doesn’t just affect some, it affects more than you

  • Nathaniel, I have seen this music video as well and I was too surprised. The artist does incorporate many references in a small time and I think that is what makes this music video, and song, so powerful. The article I have attached is an expert describing the symbolism used in the video. I found it very interesting and I think because of the…[Read more]

  • Ozzie, you article is very well informed and you present a contradiction of two different ideas well. Something that caught my attention was when you said “The reason teens get drunk is that from the beginning of time we have told them no and not to do it.” I think that since there is some truth to that, it is alarming that maybe our rules are…[Read more]

  • Adelphe, I clicked on this article because the topic of violence interests me. You article felt passionate and I appreciate your opinion and input on this situation. I am extremely curious about the program “Ceasefire” that you mentioned. I am also wondering if you personally live in the Bronx like you mentioned. Is gun violence a specific problem…[Read more]

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