Dear Miguel, I thought your title was very creative and engaging, but reading your story was even more worth it because everything connected. You’re curious about the past and I think that’s a great quality, since most people only care about themselves or the future. We need more people like you to think of our history so we won’t create the same…[Read more]
Joanna, I like your writing piece I think it is very sincere and something very relatable. I had to go through a change too but I am glad things got better for the both of us. Change can always be good for people. Besides the story I like the structure of your writing. I think its very clear how you did verses and then words to describe…[Read more]
Vesna, I loved your writing because it is more complex than just finding a lens. I think this piece of writing has to be thought about way more to actually be able to connect to a lens simply because it has been thought about really well. This poem I think is all together a metaphor to something that can be simply said. This shows me how much you…[Read more]
Dear Gabby, this is sooo good! you write with so much style, I can almost hear this coming from your own voice. The story itself is also very strong. I know you wrote with a lot of emotions and I’m glad you spoke your true feelings. I can relate to your story in a vague view point because I know we are both way more complicated in reality. Anyhow…[Read more]
I think everyone who had a trip felt isolated at first so in a sense you weren’t alone. You had nice illustrations and I enjoyed reading this story from you. Let me tell you about embarrassing moment #3, I cried the first night of my trip because I was really homesick. But as time went on, I formed relationships with the people around me and we were there to support one another in the Colorado Mountains. Your piece brought back memories for me and I appreciate you for sharing it.
P.S. Had to post twice cause I didn’t log in the first time.
Vicente, I am happy to see your comic, “Family VS Friendship” because I think it’s a sweet story full of feelings. One part of your comic that stands out for me is where you found a friend to actually be there for you. I think this is really good that you found someone to be there for you even if it’s not necessarily your family. Thanks for your…[Read more]
Nina, I am proud by your poem, “New Year… Different Attitude… Same Me,” because you connect the way you have changed based on what you’ve learned about your own family. One sentences you wrote that stands out for me is: “I feel like I’m gonna explode, but I keep on moving along floating aimlessly through the day.” I think this is poignant b…[Read more]
Dear Rosario, I know it’s hard to open up about how you feel and especially about your father and how you felt that was a stranger to you. I loved this, I really felt the emotion within every line. When you said “But I don’t know if they were sad tears of finally seeing you or tears of just feeling sorry for you“ it really struck me because you didn’t know how to feel, but this is a really nice peiece I get the story. You’re really brave for sharing this, can’t wait for you to write more!
Gerardo, I really enjoyed your poem. I have seen you grown over the years and I’m really proud that you’re building courage. I hope you keep finding things that make you keep growing to a great person. I can relate that trips do change you and I’m glad they changed you for the better. I hope you keep writing and expressing your feelings. 🙂
Dear Xochitl, First of all I like the format of your poem. I think it looks pretty cool how you just write the word honestly but keep on with the story. Honestly this is a pretty good and creative poem, ha see what I did there lol.
Dear Chata, This poem is the sweetest and almost made me cry. I am proud that you choose to be this determined for your mom. I can really connect to you because I have a similar background story like yours. I know you will be as successful as you think you are because you’re the only one who can stop yourself. Keep up the good work!
Dear Yaqui, I am impressed by your poem I think it speaks a lot of how open you are about sharing your life story and how that has shaped you to be the person you are today. I hope you keep writing to inspire people to open up as well or make them see that things can be okay. Thank you for being the caring person you are we need many people like you!
Dear Angie, I am shocked by your poem, “Why I’m Emotional As Hell,” because you made it rhyme so well. I can almost hear Tupac read it in his tone of voice. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you start question loving each other but we still hurt each other. I think this is powerful because these two things are juxtapositions…[Read more]
Dear Nina, I am astonished by your poem, “why I’m observant as hell,” because you used all your sense plus more. You also explained how you use all your senses in your own way to make you how you are. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you start talking about the importance of emotions. I think this is a highlight because most…[Read more]
Hey Rosario, I like that in your poem you show how important it is to see the importance of what people say. The fact that you are caring not only because that is who you are, but also because it has been something you learned from family, shows how much you care about the people around you. I also like how you say, “If you’re good, You will receive good.” I also am a believer in being kind to all people around us. kindness shouldn’t be something you pick, and choose, it should be genuine and I think that is definitely a strong personality that you have!
Arely, I am amazed by your memoir, “Reflecting on the Significance of My Name in 2018,” because you seem to have a big significance to your nickname. You connect to your nickname a lot than just being a simple social media name. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “These representation of a mermaid also represents me in a way because…[Read more]
Rosario, I am proud of your name memoir . You have a great introduction that explains what you are talking about. It really catches the readers attention to keep reading. One sentence you wrote thats stand out to me is, “I am an incarnation Or at least I think my name is.” I think this is powerful to your story because it relates to your whole story. Another sentence that i really liked was, ” I will always be honored to be named after him Because I know,He’s watching over me.” This stood out to me because it shows how you have a guarding angel that it watching over you. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you really own your stories.
Dear Rosario, I never knew this about your name. It is great to read something new about a friend. I hope that you feel some empowerment in learning about yourself more. You learn something new everyday. What a beautiful piece.
Dear Rosario, I am very impressed with your name memoir because it was a very interesting story to read about and I never knew your name was something so special to you and your family. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was “I will always be honored to be named after him Because I know,He’s watching over me. This stood out to me because you have a connection with a bother you didn’t meet but still appreciate him and you feel like he is close to you. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you share about something special with your classmates etc. Sincerely, Grady
Dear Rosario of Reflecting on the Significance of My Name in 2018, , I am honoring your post ¨Reflecting on the Significance of My Name in 2018¨ because Iḿ amazed by how fearful you are to write/share about your own personal life and your brother passing away and Iḿ sorry for your lost. I also love how you went to Talpa because I always go their when I go to Mexico to thank La Virgen for giving me another year. Not a lot of people go to ¨Talpa¨ or know where it is, I am amazed that you been there, itś so beautiful and I love the meaning of your name it’s really inspiring. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your writing is really thoughtful and inspiring and your post really grabbed my attention.
Meless, I am shocked by your poem because you described Ethiopia as such as strong and powerful place! One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “I am from a place where respect is demanded, And where honor is cherished.” I think this is powerful because you use two powerful words and connected them to other words that are poignant and…[Read more]
Brooklyn, I am astonished by your post. I like how you bring up the points about girls getting body shamed for what they wear and how boys get in trouble less for dress code than girls. I agree with your post because I saw this same issue in our public high school. A girl’s group in my school decided to confront admin at our school in a meeting on…[Read more]
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