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    AUDIO RECORDING

    This passage is found in the play Othello, written by Shakespeare. It is found in act 1, scene 3, lines 208-218.
    Desdemona is the woman who says these words.
    I learned that tone has

    Bringing Shakespeare to Life

    AUDIO RECORDING https://www.youthvoices.live/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/First-1.m4a This passage is found in the play Othello, written by Shakespeare. It is found in act 1, scene 3, lines 208-218. Desdemona is the woman who says these words. ...

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    Desdemona
    1.3.208-218
    My noble father,
    I do perceive here a divided duty:
    To you I am bound for life and education;
    My life and education both do learn me
    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;
    I am

    Close Reading of Othello

    Desdemona 1.3.208-218 My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty: To you I am bound for life and education; My life and education both do learn me How to respect you; you are the lord of duty; I am hitherto your daughter: but here's...

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    Antidepressant medication affects neurotransmitters which are where one of the roots of anxiety sprouts. There are several types of antidepressants used on anxiety patients. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake

    Are We a Society of Anxiety? pt 4

    Antidepressant medication affects neurotransmitters which are where one of the roots of anxiety sprouts. There are several types of antidepressants used on anxiety patients. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) increase levels of serotonin in people’s brains which affects their...

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    • What a great issue to write about! I think this issue is so important in our society today because depression can lead to traumatic things like suicide which devastates the whole surrounding community. The huge issue is that people are afraid to get help and they aren’t willing to go and get treatment. So this is what spurs my question – How do I help a friend of mine and how do I even determine if he/she has depression?

    • Mia,
      how does our country compare to others? I think that this is a great topic to cover because of the effects it can lead to. People who have anxiety can have a harder time doing simple things because they could think that a bad thing could come from it. I found a website that has some of the anxiety can lead to during everyday life https://themighty.com/2017/03/social-anxiety-everyday-situations/. Thank you for sharing your research and I hope to read more in the future.

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    I, myself, have suffered a few anxiety episodes and am under constant stress which is why this topic drew my attention. As I have said before, it is not tough whatsoever to find people dealing with the same exact

    Are We a Society of Anxiety? pt 3

    I, myself, have suffered a few anxiety episodes and am under constant stress which is why this topic drew my attention. As I have said before, it is not tough whatsoever to find people dealing with the same exact...

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    Most Americans are conditioned to be very high in achievement motivation, and over time they learn that high achievement equals happiness and success through rewards in school, work, and life in general. This push

    Are We a Society of Anxiety? pt 2

    Most Americans are conditioned to be very high in achievement motivation, and over time they learn that high achievement equals happiness and success through rewards in school, work, and life in general. This push for achievement can be difficult...

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    Mia commented on the post, A Celebrate

    This is a beautiful poem Dallanna! I like that you focused this poem on celebrating the wonderful parts of your life, whether they be small like the feeling of home or big like the work that your parents have put into you. The structure of your poem is well thought out and it makes the read very smooth. My favorite part of your poem was your last…Read More

  • Dynasty, I think this is a great post because it is so so important to set your goal and strive to achieve them. I love that the focus of this post is on the future because that is what will be important in your life, your past may have shaped you, but your future is your destiny. I think that you have a really great life planned out for yourself…Read More

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    Mia commented on the post, Quality of Life & Healthcare

    Emily, this is a very important current political issue that definitely has two very strong, opposing sides. The Affordable Care Act was a great idea that Obama and his colleagues came up with, but of course there were flaws and people took advantage of those flaws and weaknesses. Medical care is beyond expensive and people do need help to pay for…Read More

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    Mia commented on the post, The Hegemonic Myth

    Tess, it seems like if gender equality hasn’t really changed in the past thousand years it will never change. I find this somewhat upsetting, but we have made major progress over the past few decades. I did not know that there was a specific name for the idea of the hegemonic myth and this is something that has not seemed to change very much over…Read More

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    Mia commented on the post, Dr. Rios….."HI"

    Hi Thomas! I have never read this book that you are reading, but I have read a synopsis and this seems like a very interesting personal story. I like how you are tying this into your life and how you want to make change in your community. I think it is important to realize that childhood hardships last a life time, and it can be very hard to…Read More

  • It is unbelievable that there have been over 200 school shootings nationwide in the US! Averi, I am so happy that you chose to write about this because obviously there needs to be more discussion about gun violence. I cannot believe that there has been no change even though hundreds of people died, and numerous CHILDREN died without their parents…Read More

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    Are we a society of anxiety?

     

    Anxiety. It is among the most common of mental illnesses in America, affecting approximately 40 million adults, which is about 18% of the population, each year. Overall about

    Are We A Society of Anxiety? pt 1

    Are we a society of anxiety?   Anxiety. It is among the most common of mental illnesses in America, affecting approximately 40 million adults, which is about 18% of the population, each year. Overall about 33% of adults in the U.S....

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    • mia,
      I found your post very interesting. I really liked the bit about how american society and values has almost created and epidemic of anxiety and mental illness. I live in Utah which has the fifth heights suicide rate in the nation and is considered by some to be the number one state for mental illness in adults. When you talk about how we shape society it got me thinking about how ultimately we decided what matters in our worlds. We choose what cost the most money, what professions are the most successful, who we idolize, and what is “normal”. I think understanding this can help us learn why we are having a ” epidemic” of mental illness, once we understand how we are causing such an increase of mental illness than we can attempt to switch our society attention. Thanks for a good post to read!

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    Mia commented on the post, How Would You Feel?

    Gogisgksoquili, this was a very powerful poem and I genuinely enjoyed reading it from start to finish. It is disappointing to still see so much racism in our world, and I hope that our generation has the capacity and knowledge to fix this unreasonable issue. The fact that people are dying over the color of their skin in the 21st century baffles…Read More

  • Gigi, writing research papers is almost always intimidating to me at first, and I sometimes feel like I don’t know where to start, or if I am researching something that is meaningful, or that I will be able to argue my thesis effectively. I think it is great that you said that you liked writing messy first drafts because I think that is one of the…Read More

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    I have been raised on an “organic everything” diet containing mostly fruits and vegetables as well as other nutritious foods. As I am getting older I am starting to notice the actual importance of eating nut

    GMOs

    I have been raised on an “organic everything” diet containing mostly fruits and vegetables as well as other nutritious foods. As I am getting older I am starting to notice the actual importance of eating nutritious and healthy food....

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    • Mia, I enjoyed reading about GMOs, specifically how they’ve played a role in your upbringing. I too am concerned with what I put into my body on a daily basis. It is particularly concerning that food manufacturers are not required to late GMO products in the US, except in certain states such as Connecticut. Though GMOs and GE crops do result in environmental consequences such as local pollution, they have been proven to not be detrimental to the health of the consumer, which is detailed in the article below. Perhaps the most negative effect that the GMO has on a consumer is the discomfort that it brings them to be aware that they are consuming a genetically altered and chemically rich food.

      https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/mark-lynas/gmo-safety-debate-over

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    Mia commented on the post, All the Hype

    Keaton, this is quite the interesting topic. “Hype brands” are a big part of our modern world and they give us desirable products. Supreme is a skating brand so it mainly caters to skaters, and because it has been worn by celebrities, it has become more desirable. Gucci and Versace are other great examples of this phenomena, but I think it is one…Read More

  • Erica, his is a great political issue, and its two sides clash very strongly. I, myself, think about this issue a lot, and I still can’t make up my mind about what the government should do. I love the Forbes quote you involved in your writing because it set in perspective. I think it would be great if our society could have a minimum wage raise,…Read More

  • Noor, this is a very interesting post. What caught my attention and interest in reading this post was the mention of diabetes. I have a few people, near and dear to me in my life who have diabetes, and all I want for them is to live without the struggle of having to deal with this inconvenience. I’m very interested in going into medicine in the…Read More

  • Thomas,
    I think this is the trippiest post I have ever read. Nothing truly is one of the hardest ideas to grasp. How can “nothing” exist in a world where everything is defined as a something? My question now is, what is the proper way to use this word? I can see how in some situations nothing can exist, for example if someone asks if you have…Read More

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    how does technology affect people’s quality of life? how much personal information are we giving away through social media?

    Technology has the potency to affect the qualities of people’s lives by changing the s

    How does tech influence quality of life

    how does technology affect people’s quality of life? how much personal information are we giving away through social media? Technology has the potency to affect the qualities of people's lives by changing the society (in large), our brain, travel,...

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    • Mia,

      I could not agree more with your post. We have talked about this multiple times, and the amount of influence technology has on our life makes me sad and not very hopeful for the future of our world socially. Times are most memorable when I don’t have my phone to document things. While for most it is an escape from an awkward situation, I think that people should be made more uncomfortable and have less access to phones. Not to say they should be taken away, just that some self control ought to be found for most people to just put their phones down and hold a conversation. It may be uncomfortable, but living in the comfort zone isn’t helping anyone. A website I’ll suggest is the apple website. Advertisements for the brand new phone that you need for just a few bug fixes and updates is really interesting to look at. Keep it up, chica.

      Sophia Gross

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    Do you ever catch yourself procrastinating? Eating unhealthy? Befriending terrible people? Staying in a dreadful relationship? Overspending? Yeah, me too. So I have been wondering why do we do all these awful

    Why do we do things we know aren't good for us?

    Do you ever catch yourself procrastinating? Eating unhealthy? Befriending terrible people? Staying in a dreadful relationship? Overspending? Yeah, me too. So I have been wondering why do we do all these awful things that are not beneficent to us?...

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    • Mia,
      I wish I could print this off and put this on a plaque in my school. Myself and other people, could surely relate to what this post means. But you said it yourself, “I think the best way to start doing things that benefit us is to train ourselves to love ourselves again”, once we love ourselves, we can put ourselves back on track to good behavior. This article is very telling about how to love yourself: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-love/201105/how-love-yourself-first Thank you for posting this.’
      Bobby

    • Dear Mia,
      This article was so profound. I can truly relate to this, I think a lot of people can. This made me realize a lot of things. You sure do need self love to feel good about yourself, self love is everything. My favorite line was, “Perfection is difficult to reach, but overtime you will just keep getting closer the harder you work.” That line really stood out to me because it is so true. You have to work so hard to reach for something you really want. You have to lover yourself as well. I believe this article is really important, it tells us a lot of how to yourselves which is important. Thank you for sharing this.
      Sincerely,
      Natalie

  • Sam, this is such an interesting post. I wonder about the universe sometimes, late at night, and imagine just how much is beyond this little world of ours. How can we possible imagine our universe being 27 lightyears long? It’s mind-blowing to reflect on just how little we are, and how little things really matter in the large scheme of things.…Read More

  • Averi, I love that you chose to write about this! I am a pretty sensitive person myself, even though I may not show it as much. I am a pretty emotional person, however I have enough in me to share my emotions with people. I don’t feel that being an emotional human being makes us vulnerable, it makes us human. I believe that this idea of emotional…Read More

  • Kaden, I love how this post is so light hearted and interactive with the audience. It is quite a unique post, and I think it is a great idea to write about fictional characters and relate them to real life people. It can help us see just how much we really live in a comical and fantasy land just like them. It would be interesting if you did a…Read More

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    Hi Kimberly! I can relate to your life a little bit because I was also born here, but my parents are both from Poland. It is interesting growing up in a family that has to live through hardships of being non-native. I also love how you included a necklace to represent your friendships. Friendships are so important in life, they carry you through…Read More

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    Do you ever find yourself looking at an article telling you what clothes are trending, or what you should do on a Friday afternoon, where to find happiness, or what you should not do in March? We all read these

    Fitting In???

    Do you ever find yourself looking at an article telling you what clothes are trending, or what you should do on a Friday afternoon, where to find happiness, or what you should not do in March? We all read...

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    • hi! I really liked your piece, and how you decided to challenge societies standards. I agree with your thought that our generation is quite boring, because everybody is just like everybody else. I think we need to start finding uniqueness beautiful and that we need to start praising variety. We need to know that it is okay to be different, and actually, it is awesome to be different! Thank you for this read!
      Jessica

    • Hey Mia, this is a great piece on the ideas of the social norm and whether or not to conform to it. I identify with this passage because I too am guilty of doing just this. Your reasoning resonated with me and inspires me to do something spontaneous with friends! I agree with the idea of building character with new ideas and new mistakes. These small decisions of keeping the internet out of our lives will have momentous effects in real life. Your syntax of the piece inspires me to do just this: explore the world for what it is, not some internet top ten.

    • Dear Mia,
      I am very interested in what you are writing about.I really agree with what you are saying in your post.We do spend a lot of time trying to figure out what not to do so we don’t look dumb or whatever the case the may be,and we never do things that we never want to do.It’s very sad that no matter what we do someone will always have an opinion about it,but that’s definitely the world we live in.

      I really like who included a quote it makes your piece stronger with that.Regardless of who you are too.We should all just stop caring about what people have to say and live life but that’s going to take mad long,but it’s possible.

      Regards,
      Alexandria

    • Dear Mia,
      I agree with your article people should do their best to be individuals. However the problem I have is that you don’t really get the chance to be an individual except outside of work or school. A lot of people have limited chances to be individuals and explore what they want because work and school don’t allow them to do so. Honestly a lot of social factors play into this, people are worried that they will be singled out and disliked for being themselves and honestly that is something we need to stop teaching children to do.

    • Dear Mia,
      Your article is different and very interesting. This is because you article is about other articles and actions of people of this time period.
      Something that stood out to me was, “Familiarity is the social glue that bonds people together, and we deliberately seek out the similar and the recognizable in order to feel secure. If we’re doing the same as everyone else, we must be doing it right, and finding a reflection of ourselves in those around us is a form of validation.” This is bold because of the meaning that were are only interested in familarity, which hold us back from opportunity.

  • I am so so happy you wrote about this topic! I am personally very intrigued about the affects of social media on people. It is amazing how much society has changed just because of social networking. I think it is wonderful that you said that it is a great way for insecure, quiet, and awkward kids to put themselves into social situations. I found a…Read More

  • Javier, this is a very important topic to bring attention to. Obesity seems to be an epidemic here in the U.S. and it is exactly for the many reasons that you listed, one of the most important being that the large chains of restaurants target the poor with “tasty” and cheap food that causes unhealthy eating habits. I am personally a strong…Read More

  • Mauro, it would make sense that 56% of the nation’s charter schools are located in the cities because that is where the most people live, which can be related to diversity of interests leading to the benefit of charter schools. This is a quite peculiar interest that you have, but I am all ears to hear about how charter schools take away from the…Read More

  • Matthew, I too believe that internet safety is a very important issue. I was really touched when you mentioned how easy it is for someone to become victim of identity theft and how easy it can be to cyberbully. Internet safety cannot be stressed enough in young people because there can be dramatic, lifelong affects of unsafe internet use. I have…Read More

  • Emilee, this is a wonderfully written post! America has changed drastically in the past century, even in the past decade, and descriptive words of America are changing. As you said, many of our values and desires have changed which reflect on our image. Our robust desire for materials has caused our nation as a whole to take a step back from…Read More

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    Trust is reliance on the integrity, strength, and ability of a person or thing. “Trust lies at the core of all our relationships and it is the currency of influence,” Margie Warrell says, a writer for Forbes. Acc

    Trusting

    Trust is reliance on the integrity, strength, and ability of a person or thing. “Trust lies at the core of all our relationships and it is the currency of influence,” Margie Warrell says, a writer for Forbes. According to...

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    • Mia,
      This is a very interesting topic to take an interest in. I learned a lot from this post, especially the part about there being three different forms of trust. This is interesting because when we think about trust we don’t really seem to go into great depth about it. My favorite part was when you related it to your readers by saying, “As teenagers, we are still in the deep midst of discovering how to trust. Every experience with every person we encounter develops our expectations for trusting others.” This was great because it drew me back into connecting with everything stated above and below it. I am still in high school and there are still moments when I think I trust people, but then something happens and I start to question it. Thank you for teaching me more about trust and that there is more to it than just a simple gut feeling.

      Sincerely,
      Sara Bachmeier

    • Dear Mia,
      I am very interested by you post “Trusting” because, this issue is relatable as to how people really do treat each other and how trust is a very tough thing to come across or experience. Throughout your post you had me interested especially when you include lines like “The reason we trust is because of our experiences, who we are as individuals, and how we learned to treat people we have met previously. We learn how to trust by our positive and negative experiences of betrayal and loyalty, and those experiences reshaped our specific expectations for trusting others.” I thought this was interesting because, the way our psychology works, we really do trust based off our experiences and who we associated with at a younger age. Your post hits home with me, I was put in some terrible situations because, of who I trusted or who I thought had my back. As a result, trust is very important and valuable to me because, it’s hard to come by nowadays. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I feel like I can relate to it through the experiences I’ve been through and who I’ve associated with.

    • Mia,
      I am very interested in your post on trust. The three forms of trust are very structured and teach a lot to the reader, not only about the concept itself, but how you define it and what role it plays in your life. The part that I love is when you say, “We learn how to trust by our positive and negative experiences of betrayal and loyalty, and those experiences reshaped our specific expectations for trusting others.” I was intrigued by this, because it brought the reader (myself) back to how trust is so dependent on personal experiences. There have been many times in my life where my trust in someone has been betrayed, especially in high school. There are also many times when someone has shown me more trust or honored my trust more than I could ever expect/imagine. Thank you for sharing your insight in this well-writen post, and teaching me about a concept that is so difficult to understand. Here is a link I am required to put into my comment! It is an in-depth perspective of trust and the thing that are affected by it and caused by it: http://changingminds.org/explanations/trust/what_is_trust.htm .

      Sincerely,
      Sophia Gross

    • Dear Mia,
      This is a very interesting post. As I have decided to trust and not trust people in the past, I have never thought of the deeper reasons for why I trust people. For exampe, I would say I trust people more on sincerity rather than competency or reliability, even through I decide to trust people on that as well. Webster Dictionary’s definition (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trust) defines trust as assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something, but I like your definition better. I like that quote from Margie Warrell, as that defines how I use trust as well, “Trust lies at the core of all our relationships and it is the currency of influence,”, that defines how I use trust a lot.

      From,
      Bobby

    • Mia,
      I too believe that trust is a concept that must be approached with sincere thought. Trust, in my opinion, is a key aspect for the development of ideas and processes which are addressed by others in a way to make productive use of those ideas. Unfortunately, there are some individuals that are brought up, or experience mistrusting behavior from adults like guardians. There will be a point in out lives, if not now, when we see some of the flaws in our parents present or past behavior. This alters our view on the role model they should or are expected to set. A book that really proves this point is The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Toward the end of the book and even at parts in the middle section, the boy starts to realize the inevitable truth of the world and what the purpose of his and his father’s trip is. When the father tries to assure and comfort the boy that everything will be ok and that they will seek a safe place soon is eventually discovered by the boy that this may not be the truth. As we mature, Mia, there are times when we look at our parents and find the flaws pertaining to their image. However, because we are human, we cannot hold their flaws in the chains of our ignorance.

      Now that we can analyze this trust among parents, we can give or receive insight that making trustful relations in high school are difficult especially when we do not fully trust people. On the other hand, we can look at this and say that we are all in the same boat and that we can acknowledge the struggle to trust people, especially in high school. This in turn makes trusting someone in high school difficult. When we find the right group of friends, we give a part of ourselves to them if we really like them. This, I would say, is the first step to and for trust; testing the waters of a relationship by giving a small part of ourselves to the person or group of people and see how they work with that peace of us. If they take care of that piece we can give a little more until it is a circulation of trust with which they give too. I really like this post and is very important that people understand the value of true trust and reliance on another.

      Your friend,

      T.

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