• The achievement gap is the measurable disparity of the socioeconomic statuses and educational performance of different groups of people in the United States. The achievement gap usually falls along socioeconomic

  • Ariel and Profile picture of ShenikaShenika are now friends 2 years, 9 months ago

  • Shenika,

    I like that you specified that the point of stronger gun control laws isn’t to rid the whole country of gun, but it’s to make this country safer for us. I also like that at the end you talked about how Americans shouldn’t have to live and walk in fear. I thought that that was a really effective way of getting your point acrsoss-outside…[Read more]

  • Are Black Children Forced to Grow Up Faster Than White Children

    YES Black kids are forced to grow up quicker than their white counterparts- that is, they are seen as adults much sooner than white children. Most

    • Hi Ariel!! I love your article on this topic!! I’ve never looked into this issue or even thought about it before. Obviously we all know equality exists but looking at it as it starts existing is really interesting. I think it’s really awesome that you are passionate about this topic and did enough research to know what exactly you were talking about. I also believe this exists in our society. I think this has something to do with the stereotypes that we either inherit or learn as we grow up. I found this article that discusses the ‘adultification’ of black americans that I think you’d like! (https://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/01/05/black-americans-have-fewer-years-to-live-heres-why) Keep doing research on this topic and see how it effects your own life and school. I hope you write again soon.

    • 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 perceived as more violent/more accustomed to violence than other races, which is a fact proven in almost all of the articles you’ve mentioned. Similarly related, have you ever heard of the Implicit Attitude Test (IAT)? I think you would be very interested in this topic here are some FAQ’s about it https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/faqs.html it is a study currently being done by multiple schools around the nation, but this case is at Harvard. They show pictures of different people of different races, and then you have to coordinate that picture with a word. It’s very interesting, and the results show people’s bias towards different races and different looking people. I think you should definitely take a look at it, and have some of your friends take the test!!

      Keep writing away, you’re amazing!

    • Hello Ariel, your article was creative and very original. This topic on how our culture is criticized and sterotyped could go even further. This was a great way of putting what you know and what people dont look at on the radar. Keep writting about what you believe in and other people will soon spread your word too, nice job.

  • One can recover academically, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. I myself happen to be in the midst of 4 out of 5 of the listed areas right now. I love this word because it is so full of hope and

  • To Whomever Cares to Listen,

    “Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third power,” these words were spoken by the former French President, Jacques Chirac in 2008 (voicofafrica). He w

  • neocolonialism in africa

  • For my What Do I Stand For, I decided to research and write about neocolonialism, and it’s effect specifically on the continent Africa.








    “Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches.”

    (pg 7)
    I thought that this was quite interesting in terms of the psyc

  • It’s the smell of mother

    The spell of months

    It’s the smell of stillness

    The smell of sickness

    It’s the smell of money

    The smell of medicine

    It’s It’s the smell of living

    The smell of loathing  

    It’s t

    • Ariel,

      I love this piece. Even though there are only a few lines/words, the ones you chose and the way you embedded them stirred powerful emotions and images. I also noticed how many of the ideas seem to contradict each other like “time lost” and “tremendous gains” but somehow you made them work perfectly. Great job!


    • This is beautiful!! I hope your mother loved this poem as much as I did, it makes me proud to use that spray 🙂

    • I love the sensory images in this, I can really smell this perfume, and I love it!

    • Ariel, this is an interesting piece. I like how certain smells represent something for you. very short words and lines but i can tell its greater than that.

    • Hi Ariel,
      I really enjoyed this piece. The poem is able to explain how this smell brings back happy, sad, fun memories. Crazy how one smell or sound can open up old wounds, feelings, and emotions. great job!

    • Dear Ariel,
      Your poem was great!

  • Statement: I believe in the importance of emotional endurance and strength


    I believe in the importance of emotional endurance and strength. When I was born, I was born with a blood disorder called Sickle Cell

  • Poem in the style of Williams

    Just to let you know

    I did not return

    the change from

    the groceries which

    you had me buy


    i know you

    may have wanted to


    it for something


    but I bought

    some f

  • Sallie,
    this is a very needed post. Thank you for bringing attention to this massive problem in this country. I also like that you suggested things that possibly could help. At least lowering the cost of college could be a big help, as well as subsidized housing for students. Nice job. Keep it up. 🙂

  • Hi Florentina,
    I really like that this article is so informative about an issue that is not brought up all the time. This particular group of the population does seem to be glossed over so I’m glad that you are raising your voice. Keep it up!

  • Ariel and Profile picture of EmEm are now friends 3 years, 5 months ago

  • Ariel commented on the post, Rave Poem 3 years, 5 months ago

    This is a really beautiful poem. It;s like I’m at the rave (even though I’ve never been to one). Thank you so much for sharing.
    Ariel 🙂

  • Poem in the style of Giovani



    that time the rays and my eyes made eye contact

    they hit my skin too  

    the water slowly evaporated

    my skin dried and moistened simultaneously

    it was gl

    • very beautiful!! 🙂

    • Ariel,

      What a nice poem! I enjoyed imagining the sun shining brightly and more brightly as I read this. Was there a specific experience that inspired you to write about this?

    • Hi Ariel,

      I loved your poem! It had great imagery and made me happy.

    • Hey Ariel,
      This is a very happy poem. When I finished i had a smile on my face. Your line ” I was the sun” is very powerful. Kind of says ” it all revolves around me.” Great work!

    • Your poem reminds me of the same exact feeling that you had. It feels like your becoming the sun from the sense of nature to being a human being. This was very lovely, I love your poem.

    • Ariel,
      That poem was great it was so happy and it put a smile on my face after reading it.

    • This is a very great poem. It is very insightful and welcoming in a way. I liked it. 🙂

    • Hi Ariel! I loved your poem the words were very easy to picture and I love this cover photo it goes along perfectly with your poem.

  • Ariel commented on the post, My Stress 3 years, 5 months ago

    I feel this on a spiritual level. It’s really terrible that many students today feel like they they can’t be the best that they can be academically and also being happy and relaxed individuals. I will continue to work on that for myself and if/when you find the answer please let me know.
    Ariel 🙂

  • Hey Sid, I really like this piece and totally agree with you. That Muslim ban was terribly polarizing and the fact that those countries don’t have ISIS involvement makes it much much worse.


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