• Sofia commented on the post, Who Am I? 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I think this post is very interesting. I think it’s interesting that you brought up the topic of the cost of college and the fact that people change their majors at least once before graduation. Here’s an article you may find interesting: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/13/magazine/is-college-tuition-too-high.html

  • Colin,
    I found this very interesting. I liked how you gave strong statistics at the very beginning to draw in the reader. I also liked how you talked about the causes at the end and then gave reasoning for why the drinking age should be 18 to prevent binge drinking. You may find this link helpful: http://www.indiana.edu/~engs/articles/cqoped.html

  • Hurricanes have been ravaging parts of the Atlantic and taking the homes and even lives of people living on the coasts. In the last year, three category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the US alone. Obviously

    • We need to take precautions and protect our homes from hurricane because some of them can be dangerous

  • Jaden,
    This was such a beautiful poem. I really like what your class/ school is doing with the songs about yourself. I enjoyed how you talked about your big family and how it has shaped who you are as a person. Great post!

  • Sofia commented on the post, Where I’m From 1 month ago

    This poem is beautiful. I like the way you used metaphors and personification to exemplify who you are as a person. I find this very relatable, coming from a place that is also very centered around nature. I would love to hear more about the place you come from and how it has shaped who you are as a person. Great post!

  • Sofia commented on the post, Girl School Uniforms 1 month ago

    Brooklyn, I find this topic very relatable, especially at our school. It seems that it is only girls who get in trouble with violating the school dress code or the school uniform. I believe that uniforms are a great thing, but they need to be more accommodating for girls. Obviously boys and girls wear different things and schools need to be…[Read more]

  • I think that this article is extremely relatable. Most kids our age are stressed about finding ways to pay for an absurdly expensive college education. College in this day and age is ridiculously expensive. Staying in state in one thing, but if you’re hoping to go out of state, that’s another story. There are schools that are upwards of $70,000…[Read more]

  • I think that the article you have cited is very interesting. Obviously, the debate between security and privacy has been a hot topic of discussion over the last decade. I agree with Zach that we need to have security, but we are spending absurd amounts of money on it. I feel that we should still have security, but that there are other ways that we…[Read more]

  • According to an article, “Hurricanes and Global Warming,”the authors express great concern about the effect that climate change is having on hurricanes and tropical cyclones. The authors say that “changes in

    • This post sounds like great news and some major improvements are being made to protect our people. These last several years I feel like there has been major spike in the amount and destruction of Hurricanes hitting our country. Hundreds of people are losing their lives because of these terrible hurricanes. I wouldn’t say that the issue is predicting these hurricanes as much as it is actually protecting ourselves from them. The last couple deadly hurricanes seem to have been well known to be coming but many people still died because we did net execute the correct procedures. Hopefully this will be fixed in the future but this is a step in the right direction. Here is a site I think could help you.

  • Over the last decade or so, America and many other countries in the Atlantic have been ravaged by monster hurricanes. These storms have caused billions of dollars of damage and have displaced millions of people.

    • Sofia, your article is very interesting. It’s very important we identify what role the human race plays in disasters across the world. Our climate is changing faster than it ever has before and global warming is affecting us more than we know. I believe it’s time to make a change. We need to start recognizing the things we can do to help our world thrive. Although it’s hard to predict what mother nature has coming, it’s still important we change our habits and help our environment. I found this article on global warming and what we can do to help. (https://www.cooleffect.org/content/globalwarming?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-Nee1rSo2QIVDY1pCh2qHQ9SEAAYASAAEgJOgvD_BwE) Keep writing!!

    • Beth replied 1 month ago

      Hi Sofia!
      In my oceanography class, we talked a lot about this issue in wake of the terrible hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria. These storms and their extreme damage was unprecedented and absolutely tragic. There is a clear correlation between warmer water (warming occurring from climate change) and hurricanes: warmer water = more fuel for the storm = much higher intensity and frequency, creating the perfect conditions for hurricanes to thrive in. Although I hope this year in hurricanes was an outlier, next year’s season will reveal if these major storms will become a destructive pattern. Check out this article going more into depth on the connection of hurricanes and climate change: http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/hurricanes-and-climate-change-what-we-know

      I look forward to hearing more from you on this important topic.

    • Sofia I have also realized that this last year especially has had an extreme increase in particularly hostile hurricanes. As a child I remember a few major hurricanes such as Katrina or others but in just these last several years it seems they have been coming one after another with thousands of deaths in each. Although it seems there isn’t really hard facts of how global warming is pointing to these hurricanes, I feel like many recent events can be attributed to global warming. At this point I feel like we are placing blame of everything on global warming and it many not be leading to all of these issues. Keep working this will be a very good essay.

      Global Warming and Hurricanes

    • Sofia,
      This is a really well written article that addresses a very important problem within our society. We need to find a way to improve the environment that we all live in. The negative affects that climate change has on our society needs to be shown to everyone in order to make a difference. I think that this is a great article that shows people that we need to make a change in our lifestyles. We need to stop talking about change and actually do something about it.

    • Sofia, your article is well written and compelling. In my oceanography class I learned that climate change is likely increasing the severity of hurricanes, but it was interesting reading your in depth research on the topic. I knew very little of the counterarguments before reading your article. With the record breaking hurricane season that we witnessed last fall, it seems difficult to deny that there is at the very least a correlation between climate change and the severity of hurricanes. I found an article that details the effects climate change likely has on the severity and frequency of hurricanes, which I think you’ll find interesting.


  • This was a beautiful post. Right at the beginning you drew me in by saying that your name meant “rainbow goddess.” I love how you talked about how that applied to who you were as a person and how you are mysterious, much like a rainbow. I also enjoyed how you talked about your last name. You defined it, but then you went on to talk about what it…[Read more]

  • I 100% agree that schools are not doing enough to help students with learning disabilities, especially those with undiagnosed learning disabilities. It seems that if a student tends to be constantly distracted and disruptive, they are punished rather than observed and eventually helped. I’ve personally seen this at school. Teachers and…[Read more]

  • Recent patterns of hurricanes have sparked fear and panic across the world. After events like Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey causing billions of dollars of damage and costing many people their homes and even

    • Sofia,
      this is a great topic that you have and I have found it very interesting. I think it is cool how you are concerned about our planet and the lives of others. I am excited to see what else you find on this topic.

    • Sofia,
      Hurricanes were all the rage last fall, and I feel like they’re only getting worse. This is an important issue that people need to be aware about. I feel like the general attitude towards climate change is that it’s a bummer that it’s happening but to fix it would be too much work. In addition, I get the feeling that climate change’s effects are often downplayed or outright denied by opposing groups, turning the scientific issue of climate change to a political one. When we get blasted by 4 high power hurricanes in one fall, that is a very real, and very dangerous result of our carelessness.
      heres a link on ways to get involved.

  • 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.

  • Obviously, healthcare has become a very controversial subject over the years. It has become so expensive that many americans are left behind and cannot afford healthcare, which leads to many problems in itself. I think this is part of a larger problem as well, the problem of the lower and middle class being left behind in our country. Healthcare…[Read more]

  • As many fellow Utahns may have heard, the size of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase have been slashed by our president. This has been the largest rollback of federally protected land in America’s

    • Sofia,
      This is a great topic that you have and I am glad you brought it up. This is a very large topic in the U.S. because like you said it is the largest rollback of federally protected land in Americas history. You might find this article interesting. https://earther.com/trump-just-destroyed-bears-ears-national-monument-in-a-1820983891

    • Sofia, I haven’t been paying too much attention to the news as of late because most of it has Trump plastered all over it, this being one of those issues. I’d hate to see the National Monument get turned into oil fields and locations to drill for gas. Thank you for raising awareness about this topic.

    • Sofia,
      This is a very interesting article that deals with a very important issue. I really like the way that you have written this article because it brings awareness to this issue that we are facing. I think that you will find this article interesting:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/trump-bears-ears.html

    • Sofia- This post is great! I think you made great points, and also brought in all the information that was necessary to understand the topic. Trump’s decision to use bear ears was mindless and selfish. This article https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/trump-bears-ears.html by the New York Times gives a great view on the subject.

    • Sofia, I’m glad you posted this. This is definitely a hot issue in local Utah politics. Another issue with this that I’ve heard on the news is that certain counties in southern Utah have lost a lot of money and land with the monument designations. You might find this article helpful:


    • Sofia, I’m glad that you approached this issue. A question that I have is that if Utah had a government dedicated to conserving the environment, would it be okay to have these lands in the hands of the state? Or is there still an advantage to having lands be nationally protected? It would be interesting to hear a stance on this hypothetical situation. Thanks for this article!

  • This is a really interesting topic that you chose. I’m interested to see what other people say. I also really liked the fact that you did a questionnaire. While filling this out, I found myself wondering, why do people care so much if same- sex couples raise children? If children are being raised in a caring environment, why does it matter if…[Read more]

  • Sofia commented on the post, Smogggg 3 months, 1 week ago

    I agree that the pollution is a major issue. I also think that people need to change their ways and recognize this. The only way this will actually happen though is if we push our legislators to put restrictions on pollution and our emissions.

  • In dystopian literature, things like procreation, passion, and love are viewed as threats towards society. Sex is viewed as meaningless, casual, and emotionless. It is strictly for pleasure and if it wasn’t, you w

    • The hook-up culture is a very real part of society especially for young adults in high school and college. It is very interesting how a writer from the early 20th century would have incorporated this idea into a dystopian work as becoming a very prevalent part of society because today’s dating world has a lot of similarities to early dystopian literature.

    • hello sofia,
      i totally agree that there is a real and prevalent hook up culture though I don’t think that dystopian literature I views meaningless sex as a threat to a free and open society. I think the powers in dystopian novels fear love not sex and those are two very different things. they fear love because it connects people and allows them to explore and change themselves. though we live in a age of hooks ups i do not think we live in an age without love. marriage and monogamous relationships are still prevalent despite this. I think hook up culture is a result of changing values and views on sex like you mentioned with the changing role of women. the society in these books allow sex since the species could not continue without is and in some cases glorify it since it is the most primal of actions. what all of these books really have in common with respect with sex is an inability to connect with one another preferring to isolate themselves no matter how close they actually get to another person. Id love to hear more from you on the idea of sex versus love. thanks!

    • Sofia,
      I think that the Hook-up culture that exists today is a very interesting social aspect of the times. It is very interesting how someone who wrote a long time ago could predict this in the future. I often wonder the same question and I believe that there is a possibility that we went wrong in society by glorifying people we call “famous”. If you look at most famous people they are in and out of relationships constantly and it seems that not many can actually sustain a health relationship. I believe that the media glorifies this and that could be a reason that the culture exists.

    • Sofia,
      I totally agree that this is a prevalent part of society. I especially agree when you say, “Our generation is living in a time where technology controls our lives. It control our lives so much that it is reflected in how we form relationships with other people.” It distorts how we see life and other people. In this article https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201006/the-effect-technology-relationships
      it says, “we find ourselves subtly substituting electronic relationships for physical ones or mistaking our electronic relationships for physical ones.” I would love to see another post on an example of a positive relationship. Than you for sharing.

    • sofia,
      Your post about hook up culture was very interesting to read. This link i read about how hook up culture being bad for our emotional health really ties in with what you were writing. https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/02/hook-up-culture-is-sexist/ I especial agree with what you said about how this generation is really reliant on technology for even meeting people.

    • Sofia,
      I totally agree with your post. Sadly hookup culture is very prevalent for our society. As young adults, we need to pay attention to this, and make wise decisions. I believe that our generation is almost forgetting how to get to know one another. People is todays world are skipping many important steps. Here is a link that you might find interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  • Homelessness is a massive problem in Salt Lake City and it’s great to see that we are beginning to take steps toward solving the epidemic. Homeless people are human and they deserve a shot at regaining their life just like anybody else.

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