• I have continued my research and found several great sources that will further by knowledge on anxiety disorders. I have begun to learn more about specific anxiety disorders, side effects of having one or many,

  • Throughout the entire story of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck is trying to find himself and struggles with his identity and making decisions. He struggles from not knowing what is considered wrong or

  • Wow, Sid I couldn’t agree more. I have had a very similar thought process about the societal struggles that are faced in the book. I also really like how you ask questions within your piece and it further my thinking and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your thinking!!!

  • Kait commented on the post, Racism 3 years, 2 months ago

    Jordan, I definitely agree on this statement that Mark Twain was not racist. All the points you have addressed I think are true and I have the same thinking behind it all. Mark Twain was not a fan of slavery so that further proves your point that he isn’t racist. 🙂

  • Entry 1: April 28, 2017

    “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it wi

    • I agree with this, when we first picked up the book this opening “notice” was entertaining because I knew that the reason we were reading it was because of the complex plot and big picture. This section does show Twain’s great writing with literary devises.

    • Hi Kait,
      I didn’t even think to analyze this. I’m really glad you brought this to my attention because it is humorous and I think that it was a great way for Twain to start this book because of the verbal irony sets us up for the tone of the rest of the book.

  • Kait commented on the post, Discrimination 3 years, 3 months ago

    Jason, I couldn’t agree more with you on the specifics you gave and your topic overall. Discrimination has been a problem for a very long time and over all this time, little progress has been made to fix things. For as long as this stuff has been going on, not much has been done. Thank you for bringing this up and adding to the conversation of…[Read more]

  • Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States, or 18% of the population? Over the years, anxiety disorders have become a

    • Hi Kait,
      I think this is a great topic to explore and raise your voice about. Mental disorders in general are I feel are often overlooked or not seen as real illnesses, and I believe they need more awareness. Thank you for choosing this topic I hope you enjoy learning about it.

    • Dear Kait:

      I am fascinated about your post, “Anxiety Disorders,” because it brings more awareness to our society about how many people are conditioned with anxiety disorders. Although I do not have an anxiety disorder, I was able to get an idea of how this affects them on an every day basis.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “…anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States, or 18% of the population.” I think this is significant because it indicates how anxiety disorders are very common yet not everyone knows about this or pays much attention to it in our society.

      Another sentence that I found important was: “From the my brief research, I realized that I really care about this topic because all throughout my high school career but more importantly this year, I have dealt with so much anxiety and for the longest time I thought I had some type of anxiety disorder.” This stood out for me because many middle and high schoolers face anxiety, but not many teachers nor adults can cope with those students well.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because spreading awareness about anxiety disorders are important.

    • Your passion for this is truly beautiful and due to the stigma concerning discussing mental illnesses, I feel that speaking up about topics such as this is very important and I encourage you to keep researching mental illnesses and speaking up!

  • Jordan, thank you for sharing this piece. I really like the simplicity of this and how you introduce the very beginning of the novel. Keep up the good work!

  • Emily, I really like how you talk about Huck’s background, his time briefly living with the widow and his relationship with his father. Our background and roots make up who each of us are as individuals and you raise a lot of good points. I really like where you are going with this. Good job!

  • Carmen, this piece really moved me and diversity is definitely a very important issue in our world today. It’s becoming more and more important over the years. I can’t even imagine what your dad has to go through but I think that what you do for he is so cool. Thank you for taking a stand and helping this situation just let alone in your personal…[Read more]

  • Jordan,

    I agree with so much that you said. It’s great to hear that people like you have similar ideas to myself. I get caught up in the little things too and you have to remember that in the long run the little things won’t matter. I have to remember this quite often. It is a challenge everyday to chose to be happy and do things that will make…[Read more]

  • I believe that people can control and create their own happiness. Throughout this past school year, I have been through a great deal from dealing with sickness, stress, and being a typical teenager trying to grow

    • Kait,
      While I agree with the general statement that we control our own happiness, I also agree with Matt’s position that there are some uncontrolably saddening moments in life. However, I’ve found that it isn’t about making yourself see everything as good, but rather about your outlook on life as a whole. This topic is something that more people truly need to read and think about, because I’ve found that sometimes all we need to do is take a step back from issues and just think about how little they matter in the long run. At least for me, this helps make my problems seem much less important and helps me to just relax and be happy. Thank you for your work, as it really made me think about happiness.

    • Kait,
      I completely agree with your post stating how happiness is all within the individual, as I have found this to be true from the adversity I have faced in my life. Happiness can be generated from what is around you, but you can only become fully content with yourself by accepting who you are and realizing that things happen for a reason. Life has a crazy way of striking us down just so we can learn to build ourselves back up. Thanks for the post!

    • I’m really glad that I read this post because I’m not at a happy place in my life right now. I’ve been trying to control everything that happens in my life but recently something unexpectedly slipped up that was completely out of my control and has caused me a great deal of pain. I’ve been working on putting myself first and doing things to make myself happy before I start worrying about making other people happy. And I’m going to continuously remind myself of your quote “only control what you can control.”

    • Kait, I agree with your outlook on life. I find that having a positive outlook on everything is one of the few thing we can actually control. We can’t really control tragedy and accidents, but we are always able to keep our heads up and keep persevering. You recognize this in your piece.

    • Kait,
      This post gives me a lot of hope, because in the end, happiness is a choice that we make every day, and one that we are able to influence and change. I appreciate this positive outlook, because it gives an aura of individual power and anticipation for a better future.

    • I really enjoy this post because you give real life examples of what you did to personally change your perspective and it changed the way I approach situations because, even going into this essay I thought you were just going to say something like “be happy no matter what” with no mention of mental status or difficulties. Thank you for giving people ideas for outlets and ways to control their negative thought processes and ideas. I’m also thankful that you were brave enough to open up a conversation about mental struggles and change, it’s a hard subject to open up for many so when you have a positive way to communicate like this it really helps.

    • Kait, i love your essay. I feel like a lot of teens believe they need to be in control of every part of their life but the quote “control what you can control” is a great phrase to use seeing as we truly are the only ones keeping ourselves from our own happiness because we feel that some thing else is controlling it and the ore we focus on trying to control the other aspects of our lives the more stress that causes.

    • Kait,
      I really enjoyed reading your post! I have also recently gone through some personal struggles that moved me to take more control over my own happiness. I very much agree that there are things that are completely in control of and can have an influence on our happiness. However, there are external forces at work that can alter how accessible happiness is to certain people. Here is a link to an article that discusses how poverty has a negative impact on people’s potential to achieve happiness. https://newrepublic.com/article/120859/money-doesnt-buy-happiness-poverty-increases-sadness-study I think you will find it very interesting because it explains both the internal and external forces that are at work when searching for happiness. Great job!

    • Dear Kait,
      I really liked your post about happiness and only focusing on what you can control. I can relate to this in my own life because I constantly try to control more than is possible in my gymnastics and school, and it is very stressful. I find that when I focus on the things that I can’t control, I get more frustrated and want to give up. I believe it’s all about your perspective on life to decide how happy your life is. There will be hard moments, but it’s how we handle them that decides are happiness. Thank you for sharing.

    • Kait,
      I truly admire what you said about happiness. I remember saying a poster in middle school that said, “Life is 10 percent of what you do, and 90 percent of how you react to it. Sometimes I feel myself being caught up in trying to fix things but I realiaze that there’s no point trying to fix something I can’t control. In your passage, you showed that 🙂

  • Hey Sid, I like this piece you did and I am your secret writing pal!:)

  • Kait commented on the post, Poverty 3 years, 10 months ago


    I really enjoyed reading your piece and I agree with everything you said wholeheartedly. Poverty is a very important issue in our world I feel that people forget about it because most people aren’t in this situation. I think your ideas to fix and work on this issue are very possible and great ideas. I think that if we can get more p…[Read more]

  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/vanessamcgrady/2015/09/25/23ways/



    College tuition has always been an issue for most people in the United States. Over the years, college has become more important than ever to get a d

    • Kait,
      This is such an important topic, and I’m so glad that you chose it. No one used to go to college, and a BA wasn’t required, but in recent years, it is necessary for very simple jobs. I had no idea that colleges branching out was costing more money. And while I agree that making colleges narrow down on their topics would lower the costs, I don’t think that it is the best way to make tuition cheaper. I think a great way to squash this issue would the government paying for the college tuition; just like how public elementary, middle, and high schools are funded by the government.

      I was really happy to see that you brought up lowering student loans! I hear a lot of older generations say that there’s no point to lowering college tuitions because there is nothing in it for them, have you ever heard this? I think these loans should still be paid off by the government, because I’m not sure how they would just be eliminated.

      People really are suffering terribly because of the loans they are having to pay off. So what’s the point to all of this pain? Who do you think is benefitting?

    • Dear Kait
      I am content by your post about “Lowering College Costs” because I feel like most students struggles with college tuition and all the housing and sorts of payments that is why a lot of us students goes straight in looking for a job instead of getting a education.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “College tuition has always been an issue for most people in the United States. Over the years, college has become more important than ever to get a decent job and make a decent living. I think this is an important message because It lets us know that college is a very decent option for us if we want a better opportunity in the future.
      Another sentence that was very outstanding was that “Some ways that could make lower tuition possible are raising taxes/creating an education tax, offering more scholarships and grants by colleges and the government, and eliminating student loans altogether etc. Raising taxes would allow colleges to earn more and allow them to charge students less to go to their schools“ This stood out for me because if the government do these things most of us students may have a better hope for the future.
      Your post makes me think me of something that I might go through if I go to college.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next time because going to high is free and I know that college would be a whole different path and your post made me think about what might happen when I get to college.

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