• Dear Julissa:

    I am amazed by the image I can picture in your poem, “My View Of the East River,” because of the sentence when I was little, I would sit out on my balcony with my feet up on the railing at sunset.

    One line that stands out for me is, “ Whenever i’m on my balcony I feel kind of relaxed and peaceful because i’m away from…[Read more]

  • The article, “I’ve Talked with teenage boys about sexual assault for 20 years. This is what they don’t know” describes what boys think and don’t  have enough information about. This article is amazing because th

  • This sign is messed up! The first question I had after reading this is this: is this sign supposed to scare people? Also, why is this sign in this neighborhood. It looks like a strange neighborhood. It does not

  • Dear Elijah :

    I am happy to know that you feel the same way as I feel about military needing more benefits. Your post, “Military pension,” is important because after serving all those tough times I believe military people deserve more benefits.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ They should also be given cash bonus every time…[Read more]

  • What I know is that the military, specifically the army, is that it is very strict. For instance, at certain times a person who is enlisted in the army must do things and also play by the rules. Army people have

    • Lucky,
      I think it’s great that you’re interested in the army and how well it works. It’s true it is very strict because it’s designed to teach you discipline and respect. It’s also interesting that you’re thinking of these high level questions about the military. For example, “are mental health issues addressed in the military?” This is good question to ask because they go through dangerous and traumatic things on a regular basis so being able to see if they are being taken care of is something good to think about. Here’s an article from theatlantic I think you’d might like about the need for people in the military to receive psychological help. (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/the-urgent-need-for-confidential-psychological-care-for-us-military/266381/) I really enjoyed this article and hope to see more writing from you soon.

    • Hey lucky! As someone who is applying to attend one of the military academies, I have done lots of research and thinking about how I will change if I go there. The academies have their rules so they can break you down and build you back up as a team. The strict rules are not just there for personal reasons, but for the betterment of the team. If the team cannot complete a task together fast and efficiently, then they will not be ready for war, the ultimate reason people train.
      I do not think you will learn calmness but rather learn how to better handle stressful situations. The conditions you go through during training will better prepare you for war so the situations you go through have to make you think in a different way you are maybe not used to.
      Here is a link that I found about mental health in the military that you might find interesting.

    • Lucky,

      Your article is very interesting, and I can see why you chose to write about it! Often times, people don’t address the “heated questions,” such as the one you brought up, when in reality it is those ones that need to be discussed the most! Through the amount of people who go through this process, it is necessary to understand how they are treated and how it may affect their mental and emotional state. I would go further in depth on the reasonings behind the changes. Heres a link to an article I believe would help. (https://www.nap.edu/read/12023/chapter/9)
      Thanks for bringing up this question and reflecting on it, it was very interesting to read!

    • Lucky,
      I can tell that you clearly have an interest in enlisting. I have an uncle in the military, special forces to be exact, and he talks about how the military was the best thing that ever happened to him. Before joining he was in a very bad place, dealing with a lot of problems. He always talks about how the military and it’s strict standards really helped form him into a better person. While the standards are strict, they will likely end up benefiting you in the end. I really enjoy the fact that you are interested in a question that differs from the common topics. Your question “Is it common for someone to enter the military and change for the better?” is one that I feel many people would say yes too. Here is an article about somebody who joined the military and their experiences. https://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/building-a-gi-from-scratch.html

  • Lucky commented on the post, Bio 1 year, 1 month ago

    Dear Ashley:

    I am interested in your bio because it is hard to imagine what it is like being the only child in a house.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “They don’t live with me. I’ve always wanted younger siblings so I’ve always felt lonely.” I think this is a little sad because I am really close to my older sister and we li…[Read more]

  • I’m Lucky, a smart beautiful person who is good hearted. One thing that is important to know about me is that I fight for what I want, and I will make sure I achieve my goals. I was born on January 1 of 2001. W

  • Lucky became a registered member 1 year, 3 months ago