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Celebrating World Mental Health Day

Today, October 10th, was World Mental Health Day. I paid homage by going to plant tulip bulbs in a remembrance ceremony for the two people at my school that we lost to suicide last year. This is something that I’ve never talked about more publicly before, and I feel weird saying it so casually. One … Continue reading

The Changes We Want Start with Us

When I was younger, I used to flip through my school’s history textbook and review all the famous figures I had studied that year. Starting from leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King to humanitarian workers such Florence Nightingale and Mother Teresa, I had learned about the contributions of exemplary individuals of a … Continue reading

The Power of High School Students

Racism, sexism, poverty. These are some of the most significant problems facing America today, and we’ve been tackling them throughout history. If the smartest and most innovative leaders have not managed to solve them, who can? The nature of these issues means that they cannot simply be solved with a single policy or by a … Continue reading

Lutalica… and our Identity

(courtesy of Pixabay) Lutalica (n). the part of your identity that doesn’t fit into categories (The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows) Categories abound. When we are born, we are born with a name, gender, nationality, religion, and race. And that’s alright. There are categories, and we are placed into them. There are always outliers; but given … Continue reading

Coming Together

America’s heart is breaking. My heart is breaking. Philando Castile. Alton Sterling. Orlando. Newtown. Countless other instances of blatant violence and xenophobia and racism.  Our hearts are breaking for the victims, deceased or not. America is a country of immigrants. Of great-grandparents and grandparents and parents who risked everything they knew, everything they had, for … Continue reading