I chose to recite Desdemona’s lines (1.3.208-218) from the play Othello by William Shakespeare. From the recitation I learned that the lines are sometimes separated differently than how the flow of the sentences w
Modern Utah counterculture isn’t the only example of rebelling against the norm. There have been many examples of this throughout history, and they all have something in common: a strong, conservative culture to r
Jack, interesting article! It really is weird to think about the voice inside your head, It controls you and you don’t even realize it. I totally see what you’re saying about the homework. My inner voice used to always tell me to do an assignment, but now I just don’t see the point. You aren’t alone there. Thanks for your article, looking forwards…[Read more]
Tess, this was a really interesting article. I knew that sexism has been internalized in us from an early age, I just wasn’t sure exactly why. The studies and data that you showed was really surprising, but sad. It would be interesting to hear from you what parents can do to instill equality into their children from a young age. It would also be…[Read more]
To understand counterculture in Utah more thoroughly, I asked Utahns for their opinions through an anonymous survey. When the survey was done, I had finished with 75 participants. The questions I asked were: Are
For my second part, I will be focusing on how counterculture arose in Utah. To fully understand the counterculture, we must first look at the primary culture of Utah. Utah was first civilized by Native Americans
Brooklyn, this is an interesting subject. At Judge, the girls and boys wear the same uniform (different models for gender but still same idea), so there is no gender enforced uniform for those who don’t identify with a gender, however I have personally seen boys wearing shorts so short that if girls were to wear them, they would definitely be…[Read more]
Abigail, this is so beautiful! It is a great example of a short and sweet poem describing the beauty of nature. I really like “orchestral raindrops”, it creates a great visual of rain falling into a perfect melody. You are really good with imagery and I look forwards to seeing your next poems.
Edward, I completely agree with your stance on overprotective parenting. I have personally seen the affects of overprotective parenting resulting in their kids lashing out and having a complete and dangerous rebellion. Although this isn’t factual, an interesting idea was brought up in the newest season of Black Mirror on Netflix where a child can…[Read more]
Autumn, I really enjoyed reading this. It was a cool and creative look into your personal family life and I love the way you formatted it. Being in a home of love is something so beautiful and warm and your poem really conveyed how it feels. Thank you for this piece, looking forwards to hearing more from you.
I really enjoyed reading this. Police brutality is one of the biggest problems facing America right now, and I really appreciate how you used your creativity to address such an important issue. Like Emma said, it is very frustrating when people refuse to accept that there is so much racism in our world today when there are news articles of Black…[Read more]
Really cool post! Something I would be interested in you writing a bit more about: is the “Boasting about it as some sort of badge of honor”. I have noticed a surge on social media of self depreciational humor and the oh so casual “this makes me want to kill myself” posts. Something really scary about this is the reaction that it receives:…[Read more]
Someone looking at Utah from the outside in knows it to be a state ruled by the LDS church. Mormonism in Utah has been a punchline of multiple tv shows and the subject of a major Broadway musical “The Book of
Tyler, this was really eye opening and sad to me because where I’m from, gun violence isn’t a problem. We have lost a lot of people to suicide, but I can’t imagine loosing friends more frequently. I don’t know how you guys deal with that. I hope that Philadelphia does something about gun violence because this is unacceptable. You should do a piece…[Read more]
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…[Read more]
Thank you for this article. I have minor OCD and it bothers me to no end when people misuse the term OCD. Luckily, my OCD doesn’t take over my life and I’m able to sometimes control my rituals, but for those who have it worse off, it ruins their lives and this is why I too find it offensive when people misuse the term. Thanks for the post!
Isaac, I believe that we as a generation abuse alcohol and drugs more than past generations because it has been ingrained in us from a young age whilst watching movies and TV shows that depict teens drinking and doing drugs that as teenagers, this is what we are supposed to do. I think that before, teens would do these things because it was fun…[Read more]
If you’ve been on the news recently and been able to get past the news about Trump’s administration and all of the sexual assault allegations, you’ve probably heard that the US is facing an Opioid crisis. With all
Hi Zoe! your post was very informational and interesting to me because it taught me a lot about the opioid epidemic. I never knew how big of a role Fentanyl played in addiction. Your point about prescription drugs being easily accessible was relatable because I had plenty of extra pills left over from my surgery that would be dangerous if I or someone in my family wanted them. Your solutions were also very practicable and would not take multiple generations to implement them. I can’t wait to read your next post!
I found your post year interesting and insightful. I agree with you that the opioid epidemic and the drug crisis are real problems and we should be working towards a solution. There are a lot of different informational videos and articles to delve deeper into this topic, and I think you would find them interesting!
Here is a link to a youtube video from Kurzgesagt about the war on drugs. It is very interesting and provides a new solution/perspective on the war on drugs!
Also you should check out Macklemore’s song called “Drug Dealer”. It talks all about the abuse of pharmaceuticals and the problem with big drug agencies distributing these addictive drugs!
Dear Zoe, I agree with you and think that this is a serious issue that claims many lives that people are just overlooking. My dad is a doctor and has mentioned that he doesn’t think medication (especially opioids) should be used unless it is completly necessary. Opioids are extremely addicting to all people and it starts from a legal prescription most of the time. I think that if people knew more about the dangerous effects of opioids they may not take them as often or carelessly, even if they are prescribed. Overall you are right because there is alot that we could do about it but most of the efforts are underfunded and uneffective so i think people will have to take personal initiative. There are lots of articles saying that legalization of pot is a way to help with this crisis
This piece is fantastic for highlighting this problem. I really appreciate that you are trying to raise the issue into the light a little bit, because I completely agree that it is totally overlooked. It is particularly striking when you say “they handed me a prescription for Percocet like it was no big deal, not to mention the large amount of pills that came in the prescription.” My mom is a pharmacist, and she talks about this issue all the time. A big problem is that the drug experts, pharmacists, cannot alter prescriptions in any way, so they must fill the prescription the doctor writes for a patient unless they want to delay the patient receiving the drugs and scheduling an appointment with the doctors, which makes the patient mad, and in some cases, makes them suffer, since they are often truly in pain and need the drugs. This means that a doctor is simply allowed to give anyone with a toothache opioids, and do just that far too often. Opioids are getting easier and easier to get for the average joe, but harder and harder to get for the addicted. It’s a vicious cycle, and Fentanyl was a sharpened knife. It’s a terrifying drug, and it’s ridiculously easy to obtain. Check out this article about how a couple were found with enough Fentanyl to wipe out New York City: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Fentanyl-Bust-Heroin-NYC-Biggest-Ever-445568863.html
Zoe, this was a very insightful essay, and I think the topic is very relevant in today’s world. It is very interesting to hear that doctors caused one of the largest growing problems in America today. I think you’ve listed some very viable solutions. The hard thing will be implementing them and fixing a system that has been broken for a long time. I am curious to know what demographic of people is most effected by this crisis. Is it teens? Young adults? Older generations? The homeless? I think you could write a very good essay comparing the effects and statistics comparing these groups of people and how opioids effect their livelihood.
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 persuasive. This really hit home especially since Utah has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose/usage. I, personally, know many people who struggle or have struggled with this issue, and I am happy someone took time to address the situation. (:
There comes a time in life when one has to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives; a time when your childhood dream of becoming a real life mermaid has to change to something a bit more
I love this post so much because I can relate to it a lot. I want to be a jazz singer and maybe gig and tour for a career when I am older, but all anyone seems to care about when I tell them what I wanna do is how much money I will make. Sure, having money can take away the stress of financial instability, but having a passion and pursuing it is true happiness. I know it sounds cheesy, but that is why I loved the movie La La Land so much, because it showed the struggle of working hard at your passions in order to obtain that happiness. Overall, great post, I loved its relatability and your take on the subject.
I find this post really interesting as my older brother just gave up on his dream to be a professional artist. Too many people put the image of a starving artist in his head, and he couldn’t handle it. Financial security was too important to him. From the looks of it, you have a stronger resolve. There are definitely ways to make money in graphic design and art, and it seems like you are ready for any hardships that may ensue. Don’t give up on your art, there are more thriving artists than people like to let on.
I love everything what you post about. It was interesting to me read about that what you write. I’m want to be artist so I heart about that the art is frowned upon. I’m totally agree with you.
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