• I chose Othello by Shakespeare. Particularly act 1, scene 3, lines 208-218. I recorded myself as Desdemona, and found that tone, inflection, and pacing have a very large impact on the emotion of the reading.

  • Desdemona
    1.3.208-218
    My noble father,
    I do perceive here a divided duty:
    To you I am bound for life and education;
    My life and education both do learn me
    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;
    I am

  • To prove that there is a battle of belief/misinformation among the Affordable Care Act, I conducted a survey. The target of this survey was to identify the lack of knowledge that is present when it comes to

  • Hi Lucy!
    I loved this post because I could feel your passion while reading it. I thought your perspective was really interesting, and honestly, it was something I had never thought of before. However, I believe that I am in agreement with you on your perspective. I think allowing animals to die in dignity is a practice that is very valuable (and…[Read more]

  • Paul-
    This is beautifully written. I love how you took a simple topic and applied values of poetry to make it unique and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed your writing and was captivated the whole time while reading it. I loved this piece and I especially loved how you said “My voice no longer follows and chases the voices of others trying to…[Read more]

  • As humans, it is in our nature to pick a ‘team’. We have this sort of pack mentality instilled in us. This can be witnessed in school groups, cliques, clubs, family life, and even politics. In the United Sta

    • Hi Emily,
      Im researching universal healthcare and I have come across many of the criticisms you brought up of the affordable care act. The affordable healthcare was a step towards bringing healthcare to everyone, but it was so widely and passionately opposed that I feel like getting closer to a universal healthcare system in the United States is going to be really hard. If youre interested, theres three types of universal healthcare models. All three provide universal coverage and access, but do so in different ways, suggesting that high performance can be achieved through a variety of payment and organizational approaches. They are the the Beveridge model utilized by the UK, Medicare, a single payer insurance program used in Australia, and a multi-payer system used by the Netherlands which most closely resembles the affordable care act. I also found a study comparing the United States healthcare system with eleven other countries if you’re interested: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/interactives/2017/july/mirror-mirror/

    • Dear Emily,
      I am happy about your post “Mislead and Falsely Informed” because it proves that the Affordable Care Act is not hurting us, as believed by many. It really shows that the ACA is set in place to help the us and should not be repealed. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “The radical idea that the government is interfering with personal patient to doctor relationships is admittedly misleading”. I believe this is important because many people believe the quality of their doctor visits or treatments are affected by the governments involvement with healthcare and the ACA. Many people don’t know that doctors are capable of discriminating based on their own beliefs, but it needs to be talked about. Another sentence I found to be important was “On the contrary, insurance prices have essentially remained consistent under Affordable Care Act”. This stood out for me because I agree with you that the healthcare prices have not fluctuated drastically since the ACA has been put in place, based on the information you’ve provided. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you talk about the ACA which is connected to a topic I am advocating for. By you writing this article, I am able to gain insight into how others feel about the ACA.

  • Emily commented on the post, DACA 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi Sophie-
    This is such a controversial topic and you attacked it graciously. The quotes you have included really help justify your argument. I really liked your conclusion and how you stated, ” They did not choose to be born in a country that was oppressing to their families, and they did not choose to immigrate to a new country when they were…[Read more]

  • Averi-
    Thank you for writing this. This topic seems to be talked about constantly, especially after the Parkland shooting. Like you, I am frustrated. I am confused as to how this keeps happening and why there hasn’t been a substantial amount of change. As a student, there is an ever impending sense of fear instilled in my mind- What if a shooter…[Read more]

  • People tend to avoid change. Whether it is social, economic, or governmental, the human race favors what is familiar. When the affordable care act was enacted in 2010, like any new government plan, controversy and

    • Emily,
      I really like your post about quality of life and healthcare. It is a very relevent topic in today’s world especially with everything going on. I really liked your first line “People tend to aviod change” because it is so true especially in politics. I thought it was really interesting when you said “The ACA has allowed individuals under the age of twenty-six to remain on their parent’s insurance plan. This has decreased the number of uninsured young adults by 47%, and allowed 6.1 million to be covered.” I never knew that. Here is an article that you might find interesting about the ACA. https://www.medicaid.gov/affordable-care-act/index.html Loved your post!
      Maggie

    • Emily, this is a very important current political issue that definitely has two very strong, opposing sides. The Affordable Care Act was a great idea that Obama and his colleagues came up with, but of course there were flaws and people took advantage of those flaws and weaknesses. Medical care is beyond expensive and people do need help to pay for the care that they need, and it is funny to me how people don’t think other people who are sick don’t deserve the help they need because they cannot afford it. Thank you for choosing to write about this issue because I do believe that it needs more attention brought to it. BBC wrote a spread on why Obamacare, or the ACA, is so controversial and I think that you would find it interesting to read! Good luck on finishing your paper!
      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-24370967

  • Emily commented on the post, Where I Am From 1 year, 6 months ago

    Autumn-
    I loved how specific and unique this poem was. I can hear the familiarity in your voice, and it is rather comforting. A couple of months ago, I did a “Where I’m From” poem, and I loved writing it. While it was very simple it allowed me to reflect on myself and those around me. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing more pieces…[Read more]

  • Hi Ronnie!
    This post is very well written and you bring up a lot of fascinating points. As a girl, the debate around reproductive rights can be rather frustrating, and I think you did an excellent job at presenting those frustrations here. I found the quote from the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to be especially helpful/ relatable. I thought…[Read more]

  • What is the Importance of the Affordable Care Act?

    On March 23, 2010 President Barack Obama said, “We did not fear our future, we shaped it.” On this monumental day, the affordable care act or ‘Obamacare’ was put

  • Hi Cicely-
    I love this topic. As a person who is personally affected by mental health and has witnessed the stigma that arises from it, I am constantly asking what we can do. As milenials, we are the future of our country and the representative voice. Like you, I want to know what we can do/ if there is anything we can do. I found this article…[Read more]

  • I found this post really intersting and I agree with you on the points present. As I have approached my ‘adult years’ I have noticed that I am still treated like a child. While I am 18, I have found that myself (along with others) remain sheltered in our home lives and school lives. I find the age limits in the United States particularly…[Read more]

  • Amelia,
    I thought you were very well written and I enjoyed the points you brought up.When I read 1984 I was constantly filled with fear relating to the ominipresence of the telescreens. In a way, Big Brother and the telescreens instilled a feeling of anxiety in me, possibly similar to that of the characters. As you may know, Twitter and instagram…[Read more]

  • Emily commented on the post, Hush 1 year, 6 months ago

    Hi Javier,
    I too have read George Orwell’s 1984, and was constantly relaying the subtle similarities between our modern world and the world that is depicted in the novel. Like you, I found the conformity in 1984 to be vaguely similar to that of the world we are living in. I think that there is an overwhelming majority that feels acceptance is…[Read more]

  • I am a Type 1 Diabetic. I was diagnosed in 2012 near the beginning of Barack Obama’s second term. As a person with a chronic illness the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is something that plays a crucial role in m

  • Emily commented on the post, We all the SAME 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hi Javier-
    I really liked your post. I am writing four months after the initial publication but I find these issues to still hold relevance. I, like you am hopeful for an America that is filled with equality and justice for all. As for now, let’s keep working together and hoping for a brighter future.…[Read more]

  • Hi Catherine-
    I have attended private school for thirteen years now and with that I have worn plaid skirts, khaki shorts, and polo shirts for the same amount of time. I have not had the luxury to experience a life not in uniform, however I have always wondered how different it would be. To this day, I envy people who are able to express themselves…[Read more]

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