• In my toy story I used a bulldog, my school mascot, as the subject. The story is that he is flipping through our year book looking for something specific and in the end he finds the Epicurean Club page. Since he

  • When we were told to contact a photographer, my first thought was my cousin Ashley. She is an international equestrian, lifestyle photographer based out of New York and Wellington. Growing up in Vermont, she was

  • I chose these two as my important people because they mean so much to me. These two are my favorite Sophomores of all time and are significant to me because they are two of the sweetest girls I have ever met. As a

  • While studying Angus McBean and his various techniques I noticed two common themes within each of his photos: beauty and imagination.

    As McBean’s main focus on surrealism became a way for him to explore the d

    • Dear Malia,
      I am so happy with your post. I love to learn new things especially if it has to do with art whether it’s photography, music, paintings, etc. I have never heard of Angus McBean but when I went to go look at his work it took me by surprise at how unique and strange his art was. Although it may be a little strange I was intrigued by the beauty that was captured in these portraits. One thing that caught my eye was that he seemed to make the whole picture around was the faces (heads) of the people. This forced me to look and really think of the meanings of his pieces. Another thing I loved is that he took pictures of Audrey Hepburn, who one of my all time favorite actress. Again, great job I really look forward to your next post Malia:)

    • Hi Malia!

      Angus Mcbean sounds like such an interesting photographer with a unique style. When you mentioned surrealism and altering scenes, I immediately thought of the photography that accompanies Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Have you read it?


  • While researching confidence and the factors affecting it, I seemed to get lost in endless information correlated with self-esteem.

    Pinpointing just what I wanted seemed impossible and I was just getting started.

    • Dear Malia,

      I am intrigued by your post because it made em think deeper into the true meaning of this word “confidence”. You gave great confidence study examples to show how others empower themselves and try to build up their own confidence.
      One thing you said that stands out for me is: “If we feel good about what we look like outside, confidence shouldn’t be far off, right?” I think this is a very good question to end on because it would force the reader to truly reflect on themselves and the way they act towards themselves. This question would also get people to also try to change themselves to become better and more accepting of themselves.
      Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was at the mall with my mom, and she wanted a new shirt for work. She already had shirts at home, so I asked her why she needed another one. She said something along the lines of “I feel too normal with the ones I have at home”. This post made me think of that time because she was implying that she wanted to stand out and gain confidence from looking different from others.
      Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like to hear about more studies that have been conducted to gain insight on self-esteem/confidence because they make me reflect on the error of my ways and they motivate me to be an overall happier and better person.

    • I agree with this as confidence really is your motivation. Without confidence you believe you have the power to do nothing. You feel like your not worthy an this brings you into a negative state which can harm you. This is a very helpful article because it brings the people who are negatively charged to get a positively charged person into them.

    • Dear Malia,
      I am intrigued by your post “What Affects Confidence” because confidence is an important aspect of life and explaining what affects confidence can help you raise your self-esteem
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Your happiness, compassion, and drive to do your best is greatly influenced by how Confident you really are.” I think this is important because if these positive aspects of life depend on confidence, if you have no confidence, then your life will not have these positive aspects, which shows why confidence is so important
      Another sentence that I found interesting was “High self-esteem was found to reduce depression and increase happiness.” This stood out to me because it shows that self-esteem relates to confidence. Happiness, a postive aspect of life, depends on both self-esteem and confidence which shows that self-esteem and confidence are similar as they both affect the positive aspects of life.
      I don’t agree with you that if you look good outside, you’ll feel good inside because some people may look perfect, but inside, they may be evil or weak. Another reason I disagree with you is because you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover just as you judge a human, one may look perfectly good outside, but they maybe evil.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you gave a lot of factual evidence to support your claim and came up with a good topic.

    • Hi Malia,
      I found this article very interesting as I personally don’t have a lot of self confidence. I was bullied at a young age which I believe has affected me greatly. I find it funny how true it is that just wearing materialistic things can make us feel so much more confident. I personally see myself have stronger days of confidence when I dress up for school then just wearing a sweatshirt.

    • I agree that our childhood experiences have a major impact on our confidence. And I also find it true that I have to look good to feel good.

    • I agree that our childhood affects our confidence greatly, I had a good childhood and I think that helped my confidence a lot. I also agree with your statement of look good feel good because when i wear a suit i feel a lot better then when i’m wearing my normal clothes.

    • Greetings Maila,

      I strongly agree that what has happened back in our childhood affects our confidence levels as other relevant things. Plus I agree that I have the need to look good to feel good, since I care about how I will appear to the others.
      Also confidence made me have my two tattoos, and I eventually will get 3 more and maybe a nose piercing. MY body, my life , my rules.


    • I found this really interesting, its really cool to know how people’s motivation and success derives heavily from their confidence levels.

    • This is an interesting topic. I truly didn’t know the reason people got tattoos was to look entirely good or feel confident. I thought it was just for the appearance, i don’t know, but that’s interesting. I also agree that your confidence depends on how much support you get from your parents, peers and the people around you.

    • Malia, I found it fascinating how much a person’s mood can change after a few small changes to their appearance. But I personally don’t think it’s healthy to modify yourself with piercings or implants. I’m not saying its physically unhealthy, just mentally. If you can learn to love yourself the way you are, I think you’d be much happier than if you love yourself because you spent money on a new tattoo or implant.

    • Malia,
      I was very interested in this topic when I saw the title, and I agree that confidence affects our entire outlook on life. I have believed for a while that confidence is arguably the most important aspect of ourselves, as it can change everything in our lives. I also agree on the point that our childhood affects our confidence, because my parents allowed me to be myself and be myself, and that has been everything. In regards to the materialistic aspect, I am apprehensive. I believe there may be some correlation between the two, but I have found that I feel just as good in pajamas as I do in a suit. I think that confidence is almost entirely about outlook and self-esteem that comes from within, not so much from outside. Overall, great work with this post!

    • Hey Malia,
      Nice post! Being confident and having a healthy self esteem is super important. Thinking about it also raises the point that the way we treat others is super important. I enjoyed your post!

      Rylan Rawson

    • Malia, this is a great post! I really believe that confidence and self- esteem are two very important things to be successful life. How you handle life situations (positively or negatively) really changes depending on how you see yourself. From a young age my dad pushed me to have “positive self talk”. This has really helped me through sports and other times where I could be down, but I choose to remain positive. Overall I really had my eyes opened with the tattoo part I had never thought of that and I think this was a great post.

  • Malia wrote a new post, (I’m)Perfect 7 months ago

    Using Gale to find information on what I was studying was somewhat difficult. At first, I wasn’t specific enough, then I was too specific. Finally, after a few tries, I found it.

    I didn’t truly know what I was

    • I find it interesting that you added in the point that a parent’s criticism of themselves can affect a child’s self esteem. This is incredibly accurate and I think one of the most underestimated influences on a child’s(particularly young girls) self esteem. Hearing your mother constantly say she is fat when she looks beautiful to you will lead you to believe that you are not good enough as you are either. I believe a parent plays a bigger role in their child’s self esteem than even social media and advertising. Thanks for your insight on this topic.

  • Malia commented on the post, Coffee Research 7 months ago

    Genevieve, I really liked the topic you chose. I never knew that coffee could have that many positive outcomes. I was hoping I could blame my small size on the coffee I didn’t actually drink when I was younger, in hopes that I would somehow grow another 3 or 4 inches; however, it was still interesting to find out that most of the “side effects”…[Read more]

  • Sam, your research is very interesting. It’s crazy to think that a few generations from now we could be living on another planet. If we made it to Mars how do you think we’d find/cultivate the resources we need to survive? It will be interesting to see where your research takes you. Good job!

  • This is a very interesting topic to pick. I always thought that it would be incredible to be a spy. I didn’t know that there was so much behind what I would define a spy as. It was interesting to read that propaganda was a method of spying and that it all began with Benjamin Tallmadge and George Washington.

  • I love the topic that you’ve picked. I think that a lot of what Bernie supports can really relate to the younger generations. I am interested in seeing what else you find and if there is any possible way to bridge all the gaps in our society.

  • Confidence seems to be something that many want, and few truly have.

    In an article on forbes.com titled “Use It Or Lose It: The Science Behind Self-Confidence”,  author Margie Warrell wrote, “often people think

    • Malia,
      I really like what you have researched, confidence it something that everyone struggles with and it is about time that we all realize that it is in us. Confidence is something that I have constantly struggled with throughout my life. After reading this I have closure with knowing that I have it in me and that I just need to change my ways of thinking by believing in myself and thinking positive thoughts.

      Thank you very much for sharing this and I cannot wait to see the further information you get on this topic.

    • Malia, I like how you researched this topic. I would never have thought of this, but is true that confidence is a basic topic that people feel one might inherit. In this world their are many people who are confidence and I never thought that confidence was considered a choice. Everyone has their insecurities, I know I do. It is hard to be confident in the world in which we live, people are always judging you and looking down upon you. I like this topic and would love to hear more.

  • This is a very broad and controversial topic to write about. I agree, in some aspects, that trigger warning can be put in place to protect those who are “at risk” or “harmful”. I agree that it helps us ease into society a little slower, however I disagree that they should be in place everywhere. Life is ever changing, things ebb and flow. We…[Read more]

  • The term feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. In a 2016 poll on the Washington Post they were given three words and asked whether

  • This is a brave topic to write about. I think that this is an issue we really need to push out into the open. Women have been treated as submissive and docile for years. It’s sad to think that something in our society still needs to change for people to see that we are just as strong as men. We deserve the same pay for doing the same jobs and we…[Read more]

  • Anna, I really love the topic you’ve chosen. For me sleep is a big part of my life that I could really use more of. I have read a lot about whether or not to start the school day later and have heard many pros and cons. I know for a fact that one of the schools in my state has early start days every monday. I really wish that teachers and parents…[Read more]

  • Malia commented on the post, Becoming Beautiful 10 months ago

    I, without a doubt, 100% agree with this! To define beauty is to define yourself. I believe that when it comes to whether or not an individual is “up to par” with the beauty standards, it should not be left to the media or magazines to define. Truthfully I do see beauty in the women on the covers of magazines or those defined by social media as…[Read more]

  • Malia commented on the post, School Uniforms 10 months ago

    For the first eight years of my education I was able to attend public school. With little to no dress code, we were fully able to express who we were shaping up to be. When I got into ninth grade I was stuned by the idea that we were all the same. How can you force an entire community of teenagers, who are learning who they are and who they want…[Read more]

  • Caleb, I do agree that we have become more sensitive to political correctness but I disagree with the fact that it’s something bad. There are so many opportunities to express who you are and you should be able to do so without the fear of someone pushing you down. For years we have been cautious of others feeling and I believe that now we are just…[Read more]

  • I am truly sorry you feel this way. There are many women and (not surprisingly) even men that support the idea of feminism. I’m a feminist, in that I believe that women and men should have equal opportunities. Women have been fighting for centuries trying to change the way society treats them, in the US and around the world. We’re not complaining…[Read more]

  • Malia commented on the post, Terror 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    I believe that we need to find a way to end the violence reoccurring in our society today. It seems to be getting worse and worse and I’m glad someone is writing about it to finally bring it up.

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