• Hi Ana,
    I agree that neighborhood safety is very important and is not talked about enough.I grew up in a relatively safe area where I could play outside and go bike-riding with my brother. You writing made me think about how lucky I am to live in an area where that is possible. I also think it is really awesome that your school encourages a…[Read more]

  • Hi Clara,
    I think that this whole concept is really interesting. Here is an article about why hotels skip the 13th floor. https://www.orbitz.com/blog/2015/02/friday-13th-truth-behind-hotels-missing-13th-floors/
    Great job! I am excited to ready more about your topic

  • Media coverage of serial killers can lead to an obsession with, or glorification of, serial killers. It is often easier to get information about the killer than it is about the victims. In order to report on the

    • I also think this is important to consider following shootings. The victims should really be the focus. No shooter should be given any more attention than we can help, because it humanizes people who really don’t need to be humanized. Well said.

    • I liked how you highlighted the fine line between telling the story and respecting the victims. It’s is tough to know when something is crossing the line. But one thing is for sure, the media shouldn’t glorify and try to make audiences sympathize with a killer.

    • I thought this post was really interesting. It made me think of Ted Bundy, who was often praised for his looks and sex appeal, when this should be the last thing that people are thinking about. It also reminds me of the show “You” on Netflix. The show is about a man who stalks and manipulates a girl into loving him, and later kills her friends, family, and even herself. A lot of the feedback I saw about this show was about how good looking the main actor was, instead of how sick he was.

  • Hi Jada,
    I think that music is a beautiful way to cope. I have gone through a number of personal problems and listening to and playing music is one of my favorite way to manage my emotions. I’m so glad that you feel the same way. I look forward to reading more of your beautiful writing.

  • Maggie commented on the post, Ceramics 1 year, 1 month ago

    Hi Amy,
    I am glad that you picked a topic that you are so passionate about because it shows. I’m also glad that you picked a topic that not a lot of people know about. I’m excited to read more about this topic from you. This is a current interview about modern ceramics.…[Read more]

  • Many of us would consider ourselves to be quite unlike a serial killer, for good reason. However, there is something anatomically different about serial killers that actually separates them from the rest of us.

    • I personally disagree that physical characteristics mean someone is going to be a serial killer. I do believe that the psychological aspect of this topic is valid. However, people are not born serial killers. I think there are many factors that can lead someone to doing that. Something i would like to see is Lombroso’s research, like how he studied this and where and who he studied. This article talks about his theory and may help you if haven’t seen it already. https://criminal-justice.iresearchnet.com/criminology/theories/biological-theories-of-crime/9/

    • This is a very interesting theory. I do think that the physical traits can be damning and at risk for being connected to racial bias. However, I would be very interested to see if there are any connections between these brain differences and common personality disorders such as psychopathy, sociopathy, and narcissistic personality disorder. Also, there is a phenomenon called the MacDonald Triad that may be interesting in connection to this.

    • I think that the connection to physical feature might be a slight stretch, but I the mental aspects are very interesting. I would like to read more about how they discovered this.

  • Maggie commented on the post, Joy 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi Abigail,
    I really loved reading your poem! The world needs more joy and I love reading that you try to stay joyful regardless of other circumstances. My favorite line from the poem was, “but you can control what resonates with your spirit.” I am so excited to read more of your writing!!

  • Hi Mariah,
    I think that this subject is really interesting and isn’t something I know a ton about. I know that there is a history of accusing women of being witches, but I’d be interested in learning about if that is something still happening today and to what extent. I’m really excited to see what else you research about.

  • John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown, once said, “ A clown can get away with murder.” Gacy is saying that people we would consider to be unable to murder are actually the one committing the murder. There appears to

    • The part about serial killers not being able to feel empathy was very interesting. I think talking about the chemical makeup and how their brains work different than ours would be a really interesting route to take with this paper.

  • I don’t know anything about hockey, and I definitely didn’t know how dangerous it can be. I would like to learn more about hockey and the risks that athletes are encountering every time they play the game.

  • Maggie commented on the post, I Remember 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi Anjelina,
    I thought that this poem was a beautiful way to tell your story. You are a very talented writer, and I hope you keep writing and posting on here. I look forward to reading more of your writing!

  • The topic I am studying for my Exploratory Essay (EE) is about the glorification of serial killers in society. In many of the articles I read, the authors came to the conclusion that people are fascinated with

    • I think this is a really interesting topic. I think it’s interesting how even though as humans we acknowledge murder as a unethical thing, yet we still are fascinated with killers. I would definitely like to read more about this topic.

    • Hi Maggie! I really enjoyed reading this. I think that learning about serial killers is fascinating, especially because I am so interested in psychology. I liked when you said “We have ideas about what a serial killer is and when someone is found that contradicts our mindset, we are shocked”, because it shows how people make snap judgments as to what they believe the persona of a serial killer is supposed to be. Thanks for writing this, and keep up the good work!

    • People are fascinated by what scares and shocks them. This topic is interesting because its a topic that should repel us, but instead it draws us in.

    • I think this topic is so prevalent among a lot of people. The idea that we are attracted to the unknown is very interesting, and I agree that as human beings we crave mystery and intrigue. In addition to that, I like how you used the example of Ted Bundy to show how shock factors into our interest in certain topics. I really want to read your final essay on this and learn more about this quality that so many of us seem to have.

    • This topic is fascinating, especially in a time when it seems crime is an inescapable part of culture. It is really interesting in the context of domestic terror and mass shootings, and how the two equal brands of evil can become oddly alienated in our own minds. Keep up the good work.

    • I have always held a fascination with why this topic is so interesting to today’s audiences. I believe that there is two sides that one can take to it. First, theres the dangerous side, which is the glorification and romanticizing of these killers. The second, is just the fascination, which I’m sure many of us have with true crime and the psychology behind it. I look forward to reading more.

    • I really like this topic and why you’re researching it. This would honestly be something I would research. It’s interesting to see someone’s mindset who is capable of doing something like a murder, especially more than once. I love how many people find this topic interesting instead of terrifying.

    • I this this is an amazing topic to do this essay on because there is much to be said about it. You did a great job with introducing a couple of reasons as to why human are so amused by the mystery of murders. I hope you get into more details and examples of other famous murderers who have been glorified. This will make for a really interesting essay.

    • I have noticed an insane increase in focus on serial killers and murder mysteries. There are endless documentaries, Youtube videos, Netflix series, and social media articles strictly about serial killers and their stories. Despite being interested myself in this topic, I have always wondered why it intrigues me (and apparently many other people). I am excited to see what your research turns up!

    • Maggie,
      I think this is such a fascinating topic to research! This fascination with serial killers is something that is very relevant in our world today. I have often considered how our society seems to erase the horrific actions of the serial killers, or at least choose to ignore it. Here is an article that I think you would enjoy and is very connected to your essay.
      Nice job!

    • Maggie,
      I think the idea that humans are naturally fascinated by things we don’t know about, even when that means murder, is interesting. I liked that you used Ted Bundy as an example because of the new movie about him that has received a lot of backlash. I would love to hear more about the impact of the glorification of serial killers. Here is an article that I think you would like: https://www.thisisinsider.com/ted-bundy-film-director-says-glorifying-claime-are-naive-and-knee-jerk-reaction-2019-2

    • I agree, this is a super interesting topic. I think that the reason that a lot of us are fascinated by serial killers is because the psychology surrounding the typical serial killer is so strange, and that with a lot of serial killers there are patterns in childhood and behavior. I’d be interested in reading more!

  • This is a recording of 1.3.208-218 from Shakespeare’s Othello. I am portraying Desdemona in this. I learned that tone, inflection, volume, pacing etc can change how the character appears to feel. For example,

  • Jose, I think that the research you included made your arguments a lot stronger, but I would encourage you to include statistics on suicide rates based on cyberbullying. https://theorganicagency.com/blog/life-death-consequences-cyber-bullying/. This link has some more statistics about suicide from bullying. I think you did a really good job with…[Read more]

  • The term “fake news” has rapidly increased in usage and meaning over the past two years. A quote popularized by President Trump, it is used to make reputable news sources seem like liars. Many people are con

  • Hi Elisa, Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I really appreciated getting to read about you and your life. I would be curious to hear about the fire that you experienced when you were younger and how it affected you. It was really cool to hear that you like to act because I also really enjoy acting and performing, so I related to…[Read more]

  • Emma, what you said really resonated with me. Learning to embrace the uncomfortable and use it to make yourself better can be really challenging, but also really beneficial. Like you said, it teaches you about yourself and makes you a stronger person. You have a really interesting, honest perspective on this subject and I’d be interested to hear…[Read more]

  • Nicolette, I want to start of by telling you how happy I am that you shared your story. It is stories like yours that will help break the stereotypes of mental health problems. I can relate to some of what you say; it can be so hard to realize how worthy we are of love. I am so proud of you for coming to a point of realization and reminding…[Read more]

  • Madi, I appreciated how you discussed both sides of the debate, because I believe it made your argument stronger. The discussion of both sides can be helpful for both readers and the development of the argument. I found this article https://www.thoughtco.com/arguments-for-and-against-abortion-3534153 to simplify the debate surrounding abortion. I…[Read more]

  • Accusations of sexual assault have been prevalent for the news over the past few years. Recently, an accusation about Judge Brett Kavanaugh made headlines as he was in the process of being confirmed to the Supreme

    • Maggie, this is a great essay! Your writing is very compelling and I really enjoyed reading this. I can relate to this because I am also very upset about how Americans are desensitized to sexual assault and I wrote about the upsetting confirmation of Mr. Kavanaugh in my Sociobiography. I thought it was very interesting that the female Democratic senators were not allowed to talk to Mr. Kavanaugh. I had no idea about this and this makes the situation more upsetting. In conjunction with your statements about the arrests, I found this interesting article by The Washington Post about how 128 people were arrested after a anti-Kavanaugh protest. I look forward to reading more of your writing in the future!


    • Maggie, I really enjoyed this post. I did not know that so many women were held by police for protesting. I particularly liked when you said, “It is time that we stop condoning sexual assault and giving offenders power.” This was a powerful line because it plays into the frustration that many people are feeling right now about Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation. I would love to know what you would say to people who argue that there was not enough evidence to prove that Mr. Kavanaugh assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. You may find this Atlantic article about why Susan Collins voted to confirm Kavanaugh interesting: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/10/susan-collinss-kavanaugh-sexual-assault/572347/.

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