• Juan, this was a really powerful essay. I had no idea how bad the rent crisis was in Oakland, and I find it interesting as well as heartbreaking. I loved how much evidence you used. It helped bring this crisis to life, especially for a reader who is unfamiliar with it. I found this article on the housing crisis in Oakland:…[Read more]

  • Evelyn, your argument was well stated. You gave strong evidence to back up your claim about why schools should be able to limit students’ speech online. I enjoyed your counterargument, because it shows that you’ve considered both sides and made a rational choice based on evidence. My favorite part was when you said, “Cyberbullying is a reality,…[Read more]

  • It’s the twenty-first century, and eyes exist all around us. It’s as if the new millennium marked the end of privacy and the start of a watchful period. Cameras lurk around every corner, and behind the screens we

  • Ramon, thank you for sharing a little about your life. I admire the honesty behind your writing, and it helped me learn a lot about you in a short amount of time. It is wonderful to hear about your family and the opportunities you have found together in the United States. You have shown me the importance of gratitude and have inspired me to be…[Read more]

  • Nicolette, thank you for courageously sharing your story. Hearing about self-confidence from such a personal perspective helped me see it in a new light. It’s obvious that self-esteem starts building at a young age, something that is evident in your story. So many people struggle with their self-image. I think sharing your story with even more…[Read more]

  • Jada, this was an interesting topic to discuss. Your writing was engaging and presented a lot of good points for readers to consider. I liked how you said, “…why would you blame the teacher for your shortcomings when you choose not to pay attention.” This is an interesting way to look at the argument, especially because many believe that the…[Read more]

  • Your writing was engaging and full of information. Thank you for sharing your opinions on the topic of teenage drinking. I liked when you said, “It makes a comparison of becoming 21 and being able to drink to turning 16 and being able to drive.” This is a great way to consider age-related behaviors and how people can be safe under the law. With…[Read more]

  • Our society’s idea of success relies heavily on a college education. However, the exorbitant cost of tuition requires students to take out loans. Wages are not rising to match the pattern of increasing tuition, l

    • I thought that when you said “Why would I spend so much time and money to become a doctor when I’ll barely be able to afford three meals a day?”, it was really impactful because it put into perspective just how much debt people are being out under, where even a good-paying job can’t solve your debt. Reading this article almost gave me a panic attack because I was thinking about how much debt I’m going to be going into immediately after I turn 18. I will have been a legal adult for about a week before I go thousands of dollars into debt. I think that your really put this feeling of dread and hopelessness into perspective for someone who doesn’t have to take out student loans.

    • Emma, I truly did appreciate how you were able to incorporate your own perspective seamlessly with the support of the outside sources. I agree with you completely. As a student looking to continue my education in college, I want to find a school that has both good programs and is financially achievable. This article from NYT could help you discover more supporting facts. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/25/opinion/sunday/student-debt-loan-default-college.html

  • A vaccine is a “biological preparation that provides… acquired immunity to a particular disease.” According to “Vaccine Basics,” vaccines are made up of small amounts of dead or weak germs and prepare your body

    • This is quite an interesting article Emma. I find your dissection of both thee perceived pros and cons of vaccination very informative. That being said, I think that you could include statistics that disprove the claim that that vaccinations can cause things such as autism. You simply push it under the rug, but if you were to use the AAP and CDC’s extensive study on the effects of vaccinations you could more easily combat it. More information on that can be found here:

    • Emma,
      This essay is very fascinating and thought-provoking. I enjoyed reading it because I feel like I became better informed after finishing it. I think it is great that you present all different perspectives in regards to vaccines. You mention that “not enough evidence exists to prove that they are more harmful than helpful”, however I think you could maybe elaborate more on that. I think you may find his article helpful in doing further research on the pros and cons for vaccinations: https://www.solvhealth.com/blog/pros-and-cons-of-vaccines. It includes the side effects, who should get them, what’s in them, and more. I look forward to reading more from you.

  • Emma commented on the post, Bravery 5 months, 1 week ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It seems like you have a passion for helping others and giving of yourself. You also seem to appreciate every aspect of your life, which is impressive for someone at such a young age. You are also a fantastic story teller- I was intrigued as I read about your life. You have inspired me to take a closer…[Read more]

  • Sofia, thank you for sharing your stories and discussing this book. I thought you did a fantastic job of making connections to fully analyze your reading. Because I haven’t personally read this book, it was helpful to hear a more relatable story from your life to understand it better. Thank you again!

  • Sloane, this was a fantastic evaluation of what makes our country so special. Especially in the heat of political dispute, it’s important to remember the beauty of our nation. The United States is a beautiful place for cultures to mix and join in similar values. I liked how you used the term “melting pot” because it perfectly describes what we…[Read more]

  • Kassandra, thank you for sharing so much about yourself. The way you examined stereotypes and who you are at your core was admirable. The modern world holds us to high standards, and it’s often difficult to push past them and realize our individual worth. If you continue to focus on the good in yourself rather than the unreachable standards of…[Read more]

  • Natalie, thank you for sharing your story and concerns. I am so impressed that you can handle a baby at such a young age. I am also seventeen and am in my senior year of high school. Having your whole future ahead of you is daunting- It’s scary to not know what will come after this chapter of our lives. Your story reminded me the movie “Lady…[Read more]

  • Thank you for sharing your experience with anxiety. Your description created an image that was relatable and easy to understand. I liked how you said “I can not go to a grocery store without hearing everything that is said and seeing every detail.” This statement helped me understand how it feels to have extreme anxiety, rather than just…[Read more]

  • This is a lovely piece. You did a wonderful job at diving into a heavy topic and making it personal at the same time. I liked the moments of reflection on your own life, and how you discussed your mother’s influence on you. The points made on equal opportunity were presented very well, and your use of examples perfectly accompanied them. I liked…[Read more]

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