• Rachel, what a beautifully written piece. I love how you touch on the different races, religions, and cultures that encompass the United States. America truly is a society of mixed races. People have come from all over the world, and some are unaware of their ancestral background. You should take a look at this website:…[Read more]

  • Colin, this was a very great summary. You included evidence about laws that have been passed, fatalities, and different statistics about different age groups. I like how you also touched on both sides and explored the outcomes from different ages. I really liked the reference to the “forbidden fruit” and how it is actually a “rotten apple.” I…[Read more]

  • It is easy to overlook the negative effects social media has on the human body. The physical effects are not as obvious as the mental ones, but as technology advances, the side effects of social media will become

    • Jenessa,
      This was a great post that really captures the dangers of social media in 2 major points. The physical deterioration of the eyes is unfortunately true, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-liberman-od-phd/phone-eyesight_b_978468.html. But also the social aspect. If people stopped comparing themselves to others and worked on being their best selves, we wouldn’t have these problems. Thank you for sharing.

    • Tbh I really love this post as much as every teen loves their phone and says they can’t live without it sometimes I wish we got the time to. Recently I broke my phone and didn’t have use of it for a few days throughout those few days i felt a mix emotions. I had a little bit of a withdrawl and it was hard not to communicate constantly with my friends but at the same time it felt nice to not have everyone in charge of the amount of energy you have to give them. As for the topic of social media ruining self image i agree with this 100%, social media is creating unrealistic expectations for teens to try to strive and its messing with peoples self confidence. Again I love that you wrote this, we need to find a way to loosen ties with our phones before its too late.

    • Jenessa,
      I liked that you organized your article in two very throughout paragraphs discussing two very different, but very real, negative affects of social media. I knew that social media and technology as whole affects our self image and social aspects but I never knew it had so much to do with our physical health. It scares me to know technology is physically hurting us yet we still persist using it. After reading this article from psychology today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201006/the-effect-technology-relationships, I learned a lot more about technologies affects on us specifically our relationships, which you might find interesting. I look forward to hearing more.

    • Jenessa,
      I found your post on the physical dangers of social media very interesting. I often have difficulty sleeping and have wondered if there could be a correlation between using my phone before I go to bed and the quality and/or duration of my sleep. I also wear glasses and annually I have to get a stronger proscription, and it is alarming to think that my eyesight could be worsening due to the time I spend looking at my screen. I found an intriguing article which details some of the detrimental affects that social media has on individuals, and I think that you might find it interesting. I posted the link below.


  • Aleah, I do think it would be important for there to be some sort of program for high school drops outs to do, but I think it depends on the student and their wishes. What the program offers the students also needs to be considered because if they are not getting diploma, then I don’t really the point of trying to continue an education. If there…[Read more]

  • Averi, this was a greatly written piece. Your use of descriptive words provides imagery for the reader. I could see the steepness of the drop, and how far up it was. I like how you directly quoted what Megan said to you. It gives the writing a narrative feel, and makes the reader feel a part of the story.…[Read more]

  • The new era that brought social media also brought along cyber bullying, suicide, and depression. Social media makes it easy for there to be no name behind a face. What’s posted on social media is permanent, and c

  • Jenessa commented on the post, My Body 1 month ago

    This is a great post. I think it’s great that you are addressing the issue of body-shaming, and how male’s address female bodies. I do want to point out that stating, “boys will judge a girl just by her body not her personality,attitude,or the way she carry herself” is a generalization, and a social stigma/stereotype that male’s face…[Read more]

  • Billy!
    What a great start to you research essay. You had great evidence and multiple argumentative points, which is the most important part of a research paper. I never knew there were meteors of that great of a size just floating around in space; that is terrifying! I also never knew that a meteor hit is the thing that will most likely lead to…[Read more]

  • Not only does social media affect teenagers socially, mentally, and physically; it also affects them academically. A study done in 2009 by CommonSense media showed that thirty-five percent of students admitted to

    • Mae replied 1 month ago

      Hello Jenessa,
      I liked your post and I think this topic you picked has a lot of potential and there are various ways to approach it. I agree that with the increase of smarter technology there subsequently will/ is an increase of cheating. What do you think draws students to cheat? Do you think most schools, if not all, should have a no technology rule? If so, why or why not? I found an interesting article expanding on the subject that you might like to read:
      Thank you for sharing.

  • Ceceli,
    What a moving topic to discuss for your research essay! It’s crazy to think how much of a big deal the wage-gap is in America when in other countries there’s no wage-gap to begin with because women are hardly ever even in the work face. Any time I learn new statistics about other countries, it makes me realize how inadequate the problems…[Read more]

  • Maggie,
    This was a beautifully written start to your research essay. You have great sources of information, and included two arguments on what causes serial killers to act the way they do. I have always heard that serial killers brains are different than ours, but I never knew the real reason why. I assumed that it had to do with the chemical…[Read more]

  • Social media is defined by the websites and other online means of communication that are used by large groups of people to share information and to develop social and professional contacts. Although teenagers are

  • Nyla,

    This is a great rap/poem. I think you should expand more on the lines “But there’s two sides to every story and now you know mine,” so that the people can understand more about black culture, and what we’ve had to face. I know that discrimination against blacks is a very common trend in the media, but I think adding more statistical e…[Read more]

  • Ariel(:
    I love this post!! I have never looked into this topic specifically, but coming from an African American background, I have often times wrote about how my parents have instilled in me from a very young age that I will always have to present my best self and try ten times harder than other people. I do believe that African Americans are…[Read more]

  • Ravi,

    What a great idea! I’ve never thought about creating a space safe where people can easily discuss touchy subjects in college. This is especially important because college can be a frightening place. Students are put into a new environment with people they have never met, and they are unaware of their surroundings, so having a place where…[Read more]

  • John, what a great post. I think that anxiety, depression, and stress are very important subjects that should be discussed,seeing that they take a great toll on people’s lives. I agree with Mr. Adamo, stress is in fact life, and it is important to find ways to learn how to cope with stress. The article “Dealing With Stress-10 tips…[Read more]

  • An inversion layer is formed when a reversal of the normal atmospheric conditions of temperature in the troposphere (the layer of the atmosphere closest to Earth’s surface), in which a layer of cool air at the

    • I totally agree with what you have to say about the inversion. We should be pushing our legislators to create for environmental regulations and we also need to educate our public because the effects on our citizen’s health is absolutely devastating.

    • Jenessa,
      I really enjoyed reading your article. I have lived in slc my whole life and I had no idea there was that much that went into the inversion other than the vague answer always given of pollution. The facts and detail you went into were very interesting and eye-opening for me. I am also very upset by the inversion and do my best to carpool with friends and family to events and school but I know we should all be pushing harder with the legislation.
      Thank you, I look forward to hearing more.

    • Jenessa,
      The air quality in those Utah cities is alarmingly bad, I’m surprised that this issue isn’t something receiving widespread media coverage. Air quality is obviously most important for basic human health, but continued poor air quality could also damage the cities’ economies, especially since winter time is a major commercial season, and people would be less likely to go shopping in air they new was poor or if sickened by the air before. With levels of PMT2.5 particles, which are quite large, as high as Beijing that type of situation has to already be occurring. I agree that, at this point, it becomes the government’s responsibility to take action against the pollution; it would simply be in the best interest of every person as well as most local businesses.

    • Hi Jenessa, inversion is a serious issue in Utah, especially in Salt Lake City. Environment issue is a long lasting problem and I think it takes time for us to solve this problem. I found that “on Tuesday, January 2nd, the PMT2.5 particles in Utah were between 60 and 80 micrograms. On that very same Tuesday, Beijing’s levels were 67” really interesting because I have experienced the bad air quality in Beijing long time ago when I go travelling there. But now, Utah’s air quality is even worse. Everyone should do something to protect our own environment.
      Here is a resource for how we can prevent inversion: http://www.ci.slc.ut.us/winter-inversions-what-are-they-and-what-we-can-all-do-help

  • Hi, Natalie!

    I also have to agree, but disagree with your statement. I wear uniform to school, and have never thought of it as minimizing my individuality, and surprisingly so, I haven’t heard any students say that it minimizes their individuality either. I have gone to a free- dress school, and I do think that the bullying was a bigger problem…[Read more]

  • Zoe,

    The opioid problem in America is a horrible issue that I, too, agree needs to be more recognized. I love how you pulled in factual evidence to make your argument stronger, and how you closed your essay addressing the problem, but also with a sense of hope for the cause. I can tell that you put time in what you wrote, and your piece is very…[Read more]

  • Fake news has lead to some of the greatest disputes of this era. Websites, tv shows, Twitter, news apps, Instagram accounts, you name it- have all lead to the spread of false information. Fake news manipulates

    • Jenessa,
      Your post provides great insight on the view of fake news, and how it could surge into the future concerning social media and the advancement of technology. I believe that the notion of fake news has been exemplified and popularized by the Trump administration. I think that there will always be a sense of fake news roaming around politics and government because of the way information can be so readily available today. I agree with your point about how the manipulation of the media can ruin many agencies to provide a better, or try to provide a better, image for the interest of another party, company, etc. Social media is more or less like a gift and a curse. It would probably be in the best interest for everyone to keep a sharp eye on the way America is heading with the election process, and how social media is becoming a critical element which is integrated into this process as well. Thank you for the post, Jenessa, I look forward to your next one!

      -Thomas K.

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