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    Overcoming the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

    What defines a mental illness? Many people think that having a mental illness or disorder means that you are not normal or that you have a disadvantage compared to everyone else. Believe it or not, a majority of people...

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    • Megan,

      I thought. you did a great job at displaying what you needed to in an organized manner. It is an important topic that many could relate to and I like how you introduced your topic and then led the reader into steps to take in order to deal with the stigma.

      -Maya

    • Meghan,

      I though that you did an excellent job on focusIng on the aspect of education. As a person who suffers from anxiety, I can definitely see how this paper could help other people feel supported.

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    The Power of Song

    Music is a universal language that impacts every single one of us in one way or another. No matter what style of music or artist you like, we can all say that at one point in our lives, we...

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    • Meghan,

      I liked how you included how music also helps express social issues because it overall helps convey how musical is personal to you. It helps depict your style and how we feel comfort through music as a form of language.

    • Meghan,
      I liked how you said that music can influence how you feel. Expanding on that I think you could even say that music can influence how you feel about other people. For example if you listen to the same kind of music as someone else you might feel more inclined to be friends with them.

    • Meghan,
      I love how you mentioned that music has the power to change our moods and how it is a language of its own. Even if its not always understandable music can touch people in many forms and display feelings that are hard to express through words and actions. On a personal level music has helped me learn English and communicate on a different level than speaking. Music is a way where we escape from the chaotic world to our own little place, that’s the power of music.

    • Meghan,

      I loved when you said, “This comfort we feel through song is one of the many reasons why music is a truly powerful language.” If I can relate to the message of a song I’m listening to, it can help me to feel less alone in what I’m going through. Having songs that can help us through tough times is an awesome gift we are able to have. I also think that it is great that artists are using their songs to help spread messages about social issues. Famous artists have such large audiences, that by using the platform they have to spread awareness on the issues, it can really start a big change.

    • I really like how you related music to social issues. You also showed how music relates to personal aspects of one’s life. Music contributes to style and a level of comfort. Many people use it as a form of language or inspiration. I relate to this because before a softball game, I use music to get me energized and gain a sense of confidence.

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    America’s Breaking Point

    When the year 2020 began, no one expected a pandemic to hit so suddenly and so quickly. It has impacted not only the United States, but the entire world. However, the U.S. has suffered far more than many of...

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    • Dear Meghan :
      I am stunned by your post, “America’s Breaking Point,” because it a serious problem in the U.S. The people who are rioting are only making things worse. Also people who are losing their jobs is a huge problem. People well being is also being affected due to Covid-19. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “People have suffered financially, physically, and even mentally from the spread of this virus. ” I think this is worrying because there are people who can not seek help.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you post was very informational. I really like how you brought up awareness on other was Covid-19 is affecting not only U.S citizens but others as well.
      Victor Vasquez

    • Meghan,
      I think your post is very accurate and a good analysis of the year. COVID-19 has spread faster and wider than any of us expected, and has definitely brought some unforeseen problems. One of these problems that you touched on is mental health. Our main focus right now is our physical health and rightly so. However if we continue to solely focus on our physical health the struggles of mental illness will continue to be overlooked. I think while we do need to find a way to stop the spread of the virus we should also try to draw more attention to mental health and those struggling with it.

    • First off I think your writing sounded very sophisticated and well thought out throughout the entire article. And secondly, I like the way you talked about how drastically the world has changed and struggled throughout the pandemic. All of the things you wrote on are very true considering that America as a country witnesses these issues each and every day. Your take was a very accurate idea from the negative standpoint of Corona, however it might be interesting to consider how the virus has actually impacted our society as well.

    • Meghan,
      I think your post shows great insight into the fast-paced decline of millions of Americans in unprecedented times. Your comment, “The impact of this virus on society has caused many people the burdens of overwhelming stress and anxiety” interests me because you step away from the death toll of the virus and focus on the underlying impacts it has had. Mental health has not been deeply considered by the American government, yet officials should begin to take notice and account for the increasing number of anxiety, depression, and suicide cases that have have occurred as a result of Covid-19 precautions.
      An article by Priya Chidambaram (https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications-of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and-substance-use/) stated that “More than one in three adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the pandemic” in comparison to the 1 in 10 adults reported in January of 2019. The pandemic has caused an alarmingly fast increase in mental health problems, and such obstacles should be paid attention to before it is too late.
      I greatly enjoyed reading your post and it was a very different viewpoint about the virus than I am used to. Thank you for taking the time to write, and I look forward to reading more about the subject.

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    The Power of Sign Language

    Language is one of the aspects of society that sets us apart the most. However, it can also bring people together. The definition of language has changed so much over time and has a variety of different meanings in...

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    Disney Is a Magical Place, But Is It a Realistic One?

    As women, we strive to prove societal stereotypes wrong, working to be the greatest we can be. The world of Disney was not always a realistic place for women. Sure, as children, we fell in love with all the...

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    • Dear Meghan,
      Your article on the stereotypes of Disney princesses very much interested me. I was very intrigued by your description of the progression of the Disney princesses. In our world today, we have made great strides in women empowerment, but that was not always the case. Looking back on these disney movies, it makes me sad for the stereotypical princess. But, we have made great progress as you said with the newer princesses. I can’t wait to see what you write next!

    • Meghan,
      I liked how you touched on the role that stereotypes and gender roles played in the disney princess movies. I think those movies influence so many young girls, and it’s really important to look at the impact the movies will have later in life. I also thought you made a very good point when you talked about how the princesses were made to look, always skinny, and mostly white. This can put false ideas into girls heads about how a women should look and act.

    • Dear Meghan
      I agree with all you stated in your post. I too noticed the display of women stereotypes in many of these Disney films. I’m glad that as time has gone, the newer films showcase more diversity and break the stereotypical format Disney had taken up. “In order to stand up against this, women, as well as men, must stand together no matter what race they are.” This line shows how this is a collective work for everyone to join and work together to fix this problem. Change is needed for women to reach their greatest potential.

    • Dear Meghan,

      I feel moved by your post “Disney Is a Magical Place, But Is It a Realistic One?” because it goes into depths about the stereotypes women strive so hard to move away from!

      One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “Most of the films portrayed women as helpless and weak.” I think this holds a lot of truth because society always makes it seem as though a woman needs a man to save them because they aren’t strong enough to save themselves.

      Another sentence that I found to hold a lot of truth was: “blatant lack of diversity amongst characters.” This stood out to me because it’s true! The lack of diversity when it comes to race and the shape/size of our bodies is very prominent in these Disney princess movies, and it can cause low self-esteem to young girls because it makes them believe that the definition of beauty is being white and skinny.

      I definitely agree with you that in order to dismantle this kind of societal stereotype we need to stand together no matter if you’re a man or a woman. One reason I say this is because if the gender they hold higher than our own helps us stand against this then maybe they’ll keep more of an open ear. Another reason I agree with you is that the only way to end this or at least lessen it is to fight against it.

      I see that you like to stand against gender inequality! Have you read the book “Their Eyes Were Watching God”? https://nowcomment.com/blogs/231918 I thought you might be interested in this because this includes some gender inequality we still face today. I’m reading it now, and I’ve written about the first part of the novel in a post, “Womanhood” https://www.youthvoices.live/womanhood/

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I see you are advocating for the right things!

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