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  • Dear Paige,
    I really liked how you mentioned the movie and how it really showed his story and development over the course of his career. During these difficult times no one can experience the true concert life, so I liked how he really wanted to emphasize it through his concert on Netflix. I really liked how you mentioned the fans were there…Read More

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    Breaking the Stigma surrounding ADHD

    Majority of parents want their children to succeed and grow in other aspects of life, but for some that doesn’t come easy. Many blame their children’s bad grades on them not paying attention in class, studying hard enough for...

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    • Dear Lydia,

      Something that stood out to me in your post was, “It’s better to embrace your illness than being ashamed of it, since it doesn’t identify your true self.” I agree with this statement because no one should ever be ashamed of any mental illness that they have. If anything they should feel proud of it because having to deal with it can make them stronger as an individual.

      Another sentence that stood out to me was when you said, “The reason a stigma exists for ADHD is because many view it as an excuse for laziness and getting extra attention.” I think that people with ADHD should not be seen as trying to be lazy and wanting attention because they are actually working harder when working on something than people who do not have it in order to focus.

      • Hey Lydia!
        I love how you discussed how ADHD affects you personally as well as how people should treat someone with ADHD. I feel like today ADHD is a joke to many people, which is extremely disheartening. Someone might be straightening their pencils and they will say “Sorry, I have ADHD haha”, but in reality they do not and they are just saying that to make a joke. I also love how you discussed other people valuing themselves based on their grades. This is so disappointing because someone’s grades do not define them as a person. What truly matters is how they treat others and who they are on the inside. The only thing I would add to your blog post is how you cope with ADHD because that would be very interesting to learn about. Overall, this was a great blog post! Nice work Lydia!

    • Dear Lydia,

      I really liked how you structured your blog post. You first began by discssuing the different stigmas that people have and then the importance of self-acceptance. You also used relevant evidence to support your argument and provided the reader with an engaging post. This post challenges the reader to examine the stigmas that people often place on others.

    • Lydia,
      I agree with everything you said and I admire your courage to write about a topic that may be difficult to talk about. I definitely feel that people need to become more confident in themselves and not let an uncontrollable illness or condition depict who they are as a person. It is important to note that an illness does not make a person any weaker or lesser than anyone else, but helps the person become stronger and more aware of what others may be suffering from. In society today there seems to be a stigma on a condition or illness and I like how pointed out that this does not define people but just encourages them to seek help when needed.

    • Lydia,
      I really enjoyed the way this blog post was written. It was very detailed but still got the point across clearly. I also really like how you made this post personal, that shows how you relate to the topic discussed and your courage in general to make it personal. I also really like how you emphasize that illnesses such as ADHD do not define someone as a person. This post does a great job of challenging stereotypes and stigmas of mental illnesses in our society.

    • Lydia,
      Something that stood out to me in your blog post was when you stated that “ It’s better to embrace your illness than being ashamed of it, since it doesn’t identify your true self,” which I also agree with. With any mental illness, you should not feel like that is your only meaning in life. People it’s ADHD, depression, anxiety, and more have gone on to do amazing things while still having a mental illness. Thought one’s first thought after being diagnosed may be shame or sadness, one should be proud of their mental illness because it will in turn make them a stronger individual who can help those with the same issues they have previously dealt with.

      Nice work!

    • Hi Lydia!
      I loved this blog post because it definitely hits close to home for me. I strongly agree with what you said about how grades can be seen as your worth and when someone suffers from ADHD they struggle to keep their grades up so they feel as if their self worth is extremely low. There is definitely a stigma surrounding ADHD and I strongly believe that this blog post clearly states the issue with this stigma and how to overcome this idea we have about ADHD in our heads. What you said about the hesitance to take medications for ADHD once first diagnosed is SO TRUE because from my own experience, one that suffers from ADHD does not always want to treat their lack of focus or extreme energy because most feel as if they don’t need it. Love this post Lydia!

  • Hi Paige,

    I really enjoyed how you said that many times individuals will receive hundreds of comments in their lifetime, but are most likely to remember the negative ones regardless of when they were told. I can relate to this and could think of multiple negative comments people told me years ago. I feel that many times people struggling will…Read More

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    How Social Media Affects our Language

     When you ask a teenager what they spend most of their time on, most likely they’ll tell you social media. Social media has many benefits, such as being able to communicate with others around the world immediately with the...

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    • I like the piece of evidence, “Every week there seems to be a new trend circulating around the media, which ultimately changes the syntax of a certain word and makes them adapted by modern society (Schroeder).” I can relate to this because I’ve noticed when talking to my parents that certain words that our generation uses now do not mean the same thing as they meant when they were younger. I also agree that slang plays a big role in how our generation communicates with each other because we have all gotten used to shortening words and it has become second nature to us. I think that our children’s generation will have a complete different style of language than we do today.

    • I really that you provided the idea that social media can be used to benefit teens with the process of communication, and you presented the idea how it can be harmful. I found it interesting that you said teens are now finding new ways to make texts/communication become shorter and shorter through slang: I realize I do this but did not know I did this while it was happening. Something I think I would add to this blog is that teens aren’t intentionally doing this to make sentences shorter, but rather they do it to fit in with our generations trends.

    • Dear Lydia, I was intrigued by your post because I also believe social media has had a great impact on the way our current generation communicates. I agree with the idea that slang has shaped the way we write now to be shorter and less descriptive, which in turn can have effect on our communication with others. I really liked this phrase “individuals would rather send a quick text message filled with slang words, instead of picking up a phone and having a meaningful conversation with them” because it highlights how much our world has changed. I do believe the interactions we have over social media do still have meaning, but the meaning is just shown in a different way that only those who use social media can understand. This reminds me of Snapchat, which uses even shorter slang in writing, if at all. To me, Snapchat seems almost impersonal since it includes no writing at all, just a picture, and it is harder to have a conversation over the app. Nevertheless, it is the way communication happens through social media, which just further shows how language has changed over time and as technology progressed. Thank you for your post. I really enjoyed your insight on social media and the power of language, and I hope to see more of your thoughts and your writing in the future.

    • Lydia,
      I really liked your post because I believe that it is very relevant to today’s society. I especially liked when you said, “When individuals talk with others in person they tend to use the different phrases they viewed on social media, which affects their writing skills and the ways they talk.“ I found this interesting because it is something that people do not usually notice when they are speaking. It becomes a habit because we see these certain phrases on the internet all the time. I find that when I am speaking with people who are older than me, they often point out that I said something that they do not understand because they are not on social media.

    • Dear Lydia,

      I am interested by your post because, as an active social media user, I feel as though it is important to recognize the different language used on these platforms especially involving slang. This ineffective type of communication can lead to misinterpretation of messages, often resulting in confusion or anger.

      One thing you said that stood out to me was that “individuals would rather send a quick text message filled with slang words, instead of picking up a phone and having a meaningful conversation with them.” I think this is sad because social media and electronic messaging prevents us from practicing the value of language through our actual words. Adolescents are easily able to express themselves online, but fail to have these meaningful interactions and expressions in person.

      Your post reminds me of something that happens to me almost daily. When communicating with my family and friends, my messages are often misinterpreted, and these people think I am upset or angry when I am not. This frustrates me because my messages were in no way meant to convey these emotions. These emotions, however, are easily interpreted in face-to-face conversations or phone calls, proving the error in electronic messaging.

      Thank you for your project, and I look forward to seeing what you write next because I feel as though this is a very relevant topic that should be considered by all people the next time they pick up their phones to send a text message.

    • I really enjoyed reading your article because I completely agree that in today’s day and age we tend to use simplified language and this can greatly affect our writing as well as people skills. I have noticed that many people of our generation would much rather text over their phones using slang, and I believe that this can also affect our social skills. Using slang can sometimes exclude people from a conversation who might not understand what a certain “simplified word” might mean. A lot of times too, people won’t want to ask what a certain piece of slang might mean because it might be embarrassing. In the end, I appreciate your contradictory opinion on today’s use of slang.

    • Lydia, I liked how you presented the idea that a new trend is circulating through the media every week. Sometimes it can seem that if we are not on our phones everyday we miss so much information, and language does have a big impact on that. A new slang term only needs a day or two in order for it to catch on, and it could completely change the meaning of a word. I think this is slowly changing how we will speak maybe ten or fifteen years from now.

    • Dear Lydia,
      I agree with your post about how social media has affected the way we speak and communicate with others. I personally have often used the slang from social media when talking with friends and overall in general. I also have messaged using shorter versions of the actual words. “When individuals talk with others in person they tend to use the different phrases they viewed on social media, which affects their writing skills and the ways they talk. ” This quote shows great importance to me as I can relate to its meaning. I have heard many people around me also have this issue. I enjoyed your post and agreed with your thoughts.

    • I agree that social media has had a significant impact on language and communication. As you mentioned, some social media trends have caused rapid changes that have resulted in completely new interpretations of certain words and phrases, and instant communication has been a major benefit. The widespread use of slang among our generation as a result of social media has enabled thoughts and ideas to be conveyed in a quicker manner, but has also resulted in more confusion and misinterpretation, since slang is shorter and includes less details. I have also noticed a growing generational gap in terms of communication, most notably with texting vs. calling. Overall, this was an interesting and individually and socially relevant piece.

    • Hello there Lydia, I agree with how social media is affecting our youth´s communication. For being one of the kids that use social media most of the time, I don´t really like saying these slangs and such because I don´t like how they sound through my mouth. But I guess I’m okay with it as long as they can say arguments and opinions without the uses of these words.

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  • Paige, I really liked how you touched on how individuals can show one certain side on social media, but in reality be the total opposite. I liked how you said that leaving negative comments and responses on someone’s online post can lead to bad mental health issues, which I think is very common nowadays and shouldn’t be a way of taking your hat…Read More

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    The dangers of spreading Fake News

    In our world today many have directed the majority of their attention to the election. When we watch the news and debates, individuals form opinions based on what they’re hearing. Based on what news channel you’re listening to, that...

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    • Lydia, I really like how you said, “Empathy heals conflict, so when you can’t identify with someone, then you most likely won’t show empathy towards them.” I agree with this because if you do have empathy for someone you are less likely to get mad or start a conflict with them and more likely to be kind and gentle with them. I also think that identifying with them also comes into play because if you do not feel a connection with someone, you cannot easily see things from their perspective.

    • Lydia, I enjoyed your writing and I completely agree! With all the biased news channels and outlets it is hard to find the truth nowadays. Not even necessarily the “truth” but the unbiased facts. I loved how you said ” I think that we should listen to a variety of different individuals who come from different backgrounds because their perspectives can vary depending on what they are experiencing…”. That explains your point of broadening where you get your news from to get all of the information from different point of views. Great writing!

    • Dear Lydia,
      I am very intrigued by your post because I feel as though this concept is overlooked by many people, especially in regards to the election. People tend to believe everything they see in media and disregard the bias that may be present.
      One thing you said that especially stood out to me was when you quoted Swati Arggarwal saying, “when people post on social media, their goal is to change your public opinion on a certain topic and to mislead you into thinking that they’re information is true.” I think this is correct, and it reminds me of celebrity culture. People become obsessed with the seemingly perfect lives of celebrities, but fail to recognize their flaws. People must realize that the social media posts of celebrities are meant to please their followers, most times excluding their humanly struggles that everyone experiences.
      Your post reminds me of a research project I did in 8th grade about the negative effects of social media. I highlighted the importance of not believing everything you see, because it often causes people to feel as though their lives are inferior or unimportant, many times leading to mental health problems. While this is not the case for all biased media posts, it is an important effect to consider.
      Thank you for your post, and I look forward to reading what you create next because I feel as though you focused on a very relevant and relatable topic for this generation.

  • I really enjoyed how you touched on how many won’t speak up about their feelings because they don’t want to be viewed as weak. I do feel like there is a stigma around mental health and we need to break the stigma. I agree that many mental health topics/situations do go unseen because people don’t dedicate enough time to address them.



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