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    It is Hard to Stay at Home When You Have No Place to Call Home

    As the coronavirus pandemic began to take shape, another epidemic came to light, homelessness. Even before the pandemic, homelessness was on the rise across the country. As of January 2019, 568,000 people were experiencing homelessness, an increase of nearly...

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    Bilingualism: The Key to Worldly Communication

        As the world continuously becomes more interdependent, people are striving for a way to connect and learn from other cultures and languages. Proficiency in another language is a vital skill that gives one access to countless opportunities. It...

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    • Emily,
      I really enjoyed reading your blog post. I agree that awareness of other cultures and languages is very important in the world today and that bilingualism is the key. I especially like when you said, “The knowledge of multiple languages gives individuals the opportunity to make deeper connections with others and have the freedom to communicate with those who speak another language.” Personal connections are very important in today’s world especially with the strong presence of technology. I also like how you mentioned the numerous benefits of bilingualism including the preservation of culture and personal development.

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    Christmas Music and its Effect on Mental Health

    As the holiday season draws closer, the constant sound of the classic Christmas tunes fill the air and the debate about holiday music emerges once again. These classic songs are played on repeat just about anywhere you go. To...

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    • I think you make a valid point, but if Christmas stresses you out, you’re doing Christmas wrong. As if Christmas music incites a sort of festive PTSD. I may just not be open minded enough to understand that Christmas music can do anything but cause widespread yuletide cheer.

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    Importance of Workplace Communication

        As our world continuously evolves, the manner in which we communicate and use different forms of language has developed too. There are numerous forms of language; however, the most common and effective form is verbal communication. As citizens...

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    • Dear Emily,
      I loved your response to the power of language. I agree that it is heavily needed in the workforce. I like how you said “Poor communication creates lower productivity and an overall lack of motivation …” If someone is not trained properly, then it leads to an array of issue that could have simply been solved with communication. I think you bring great points that support your ideas.

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    Empathy: The Key to a Successful Relationship

    The continuous lack of empathy and understanding in our society has placed a rift in the establishment and preservation of the relationships between citizens. The single story of judging people based on their demeanor and actions in school and...

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    • Dear Emily,
      I love your response and your ideas regarding the idea of a single story with students. You make your points very clear and understanding. I agree that it is difficult to see both sides to one person. We are very accustomed to keep a surface-level relationship with those we are not close to. I think more need to keep empathy in mind because they are not aware of how other react or what situations they are experiencing at home.

    • Emily, I loved how you presented this idea that empathy plays a major role in relationships because I, too, had said something similar in my blog post. Your introduction paragraph does a good job of leading your reader into your second paragraph. With that being said, I think you organized your thoughts well in this post and reading your blog was very easy because everything flowed. Another aspect I really liked is how you included a real life example of yourself, it helped the reader better understand what you were saying. After reading this, I believe this is a value I need to carry out more in my daily life!!

    • Dear Emily, your post really interested me because it demonstrates the idea that empathy is needed to build healthy and strong relationships, something I think society needs to pay attention to as social media continues to grow. I think it is important to not pay attention to only one side of someone, as you said, or else it can be difficult to build strong relationships. One thing you said that stands out for me is “ By fully looking at one’s life and their circumstances, our perspective of them can change completely.” I think this is a very intelligent observation, and something that I do not really think about often. It is very interest to me that the way a person acts at home, with friends, at school, sports, etc., are all different, yet by looking at a person within all of these circumstances, our perspective of them can change. Your post reminds me of one of my favorite literary quotes of all time, given by Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Atticus tells his daughter Scout that “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view,” a lesson I believe is timeless and always relevant. I think your post demonstrates this same idea, that it is important to look at all the circumstances and try to see things from others points of view to understand them and limit prejudice that often happens from judging without understanding. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your post really reveals information that should be read by everyone because it will give them advice with building relationships. Your thoughts were very clear and well thought-out, and I hope to see another post from you again soon>

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