• Judith and Imelda,

    I really enjoyed your post because I think that being an ally for the LGBTQ+ community is extremely important. One side that I think you need to address is the religious aspect. I know people who would never say anything bad about a person who identified as LGBTQ+, but who are very uncomfortable with the subject due to a…[Read more]

  • Emma,

    I found your post absolutely fascinating. I loved your use of detail and statistics to convey the real damage that Dr. Duntsch did during his years as a surgeon. For example, the statistic that he killed or paralyzed 31/38 of his patients really showed how evil he was and makes it all the more surprising that so few people actually tried…[Read more]

  • Erald,

    I really enjoyed reading your post about your life! Your use of description allowed me to get a clear picture of what you were talking about with your family and your childhood. The last sentence is very powerful and it is inspirational for anyone who wants to make a change in their life.

    I hope that you keep writing about yourself and…[Read more]

  • Along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy is one of the two most used therapies to treat phobias. Psychodynamic therapy and CBT appear very similar on the surface. Both therapies rely

  • Gwendolyn commented on the post, Sky 6 months, 1 week ago

    Coralie,

    I was really moved by your poem. I loved how each word painted the picture of the storm, but I truly connected with your message. Sometimes we all get so caught up in our own heads and we feel this overwhelming sense of inferiority. It can depress us and cloud our judgement. But our only hope is to get out of our head and believe that…[Read more]

  • Amani,

    I really enjoyed reading your post about language learning. Specifically, I thought that you did a great job clarifying the neuroscience behind language learning. Your explanation of how infant’s brains are constantly adjusting their links and neural circuits to “form a way in which speaking and understanding their native language can…[Read more]

  • When most people hear the word “psychotherapy”, they think of hour long sessions with a therapist that can go on for months and months. There is good basis for these assumptions as psychotherapy has taken thi

  • Tyler,

    I really enjoyed your poem on memory. I thought that your social commentary about how we put so much value in the physical things that we will simply lose, but how we will truly value our memories, was very deep. I loved your use of anaphora in the poem and I really enjoyed the lines in which you talked about your first times doing…[Read more]

  • Amani,

    I think that your topic is fascinating. I was really surprised that one of your sources stated that there was “no critical window” in which a person needs to learn a new language. It led me to wonder if there was a window that was at least better to learn a language within, which you answered in your next paragraph! I agree that it is…[Read more]

  • There are a lot of treatments for phobias, both typical phobias and more uncommon phobias. Exposure therapy is a very common method of treating phobias, specifically phobias that center around one thing or one

    • Gwen,
      I really enjoyed reading this short essay about the different treatments for phobias. I didn’t even know about scented nap therapy before, how interesting! I thought it was great that you not only stated and explained the different treatments, but listed some of the advantages and disadvantages of them. For example, you mentioned that hypnosis is only 60% effective and that many people are skeptical because they view it as “magic”, but you also explained that it has worked for many patients. Then, you added a specific example to back your point and specified how it helped change someone’s life, which I thought was great. Here is an article that give more information about phobias and treatments: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249347.php. Great job! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more of what you write.

  • Claudia,

    I loved your book summary! It really made me interested in reading the book. I particularly enjoyed how you drew a comparison to your own community and then discussed the similarities and differences. I would love to know a little bit more about what you thought of the story itself. Did it seem predictable or did you find yourself…[Read more]

  • Branigan,

    I think that this a very interesting topic. I have always associated head trauma with football and boxing, but not hockey. I enjoyed learning about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and I think that you did a really nice job summarizing it to make it easy to understand. I would be interested to learn more about anything that is being…[Read more]

  • Merriam Webster defines a phobia as “an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation” (Merriam-Webster). However, of the millions of “il

    • Gwen, I thought you did a great job discussing the topic and giving the reader a basic understanding of what “illogical” phobias are. I thought your sources were very reliable and therefore so was your information. It was a great start to your paper. My only suggestion would be to expand on what society classifies as logical or illogical. Have you ever had illogical fears? That could be a good thing to expand upon. Here is an article that may help you in your research.
      https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/disabled-and-thriving/201009/fighting-irrational-fears

  • This is 4.2.159-169 from the Shakespeare’s Othello. This section is spoken by the character Emilia when she is speaking to Iago about Othello’s accusation that Desdemona is a whore. I learned that the tone you

  • Amber,

    I absolutely loved your last post! I think that your essay has some really great ideas in it. I appreciated how in the second paragraph you quoted a well respected source to lend credibility to your argument. I also liked how you cited a court case in the fourth paragraph. I like it would be great to include some statistics about teen…[Read more]

  • George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, seems near prophetic when looking back on the work today. Orwell predicts the increase of surveillance and the decline of personal privacy. However, there is one area in w

  • Enrique,

    What a great story about your connections to the source “Kareem.” I especially liked when you shared that you knew people who lived in Nebraska like him but then talked about the differences between their lives and Kareem’s life. I would have loved to know a little bit more about how you personally connect to the text. I hope that you…[Read more]

  • Johnna,

    I really enjoyed reading your piece. It definitely made me want to check out “Behold the Dreamers.” My favorite part of your essay was the section in which you talk about how the book made you realize just how lucky you are to be an American. I had a similar experience when I visited rural Thailand. I hope that you keep writing about…[Read more]

  • Nicolette,

    This is such a brave story. Thank you so much for sharing. Your personal narrative about your experiences in elementary school helped me to understand a little bit about how self confidence can deteriorate from a young age. I am so sorry that you had to go through that. I would love to hear more about the exercises that you learned…[Read more]

  • Jada, I completely understand where you are coming from in this post. I often feel frustrated also when I work very hard and others just sit around and do nothing. I liked how you went through all of the reasons that a person may not be paying attention in school. Check out this article about if school starts too early…[Read more]

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