Alone is the new black

Every lunch, all of the students would be playing outside. All minus one. It was fourth grade, and I liked to spend my lunches by myself, in a corner of the classroom, because there would be no one there. Many times I would be “caught” by teachers, and I would be encouraged to engage more […]

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Identity crisis: expectations confuse even me

The immigration officer checked my passport one more time and asked me a few more questions than he had asked the other passengers, so it took a bit longer than it did with everyone else. He told me to put my veil behind my ears so they would be visible to the camera, and I […]

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Silence is almost as harmful as hateful words

I feel invisible as the crowd pushes and guides me to the staircase where my locker lays. But this crowd is slow, and I can hear almost every laugh in harmony. Almost every conversation floats into my ears. I try to smuggle my way through the large hallway that is decorated with hundreds of backpacks […]

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An Ode to My Bullies

Desertification is when a fresh and fertile piece of land turns dry and barren due to lack of water and nutrients in the soil. It has driven many animals and plants to the verge of extinction. I was happy. I was fine. I was a fresh, full and lively spirit when I joined Woodstock in […]

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Toxic culture is worse than virtual violence

“Violence in video games makes people violent.” Everyone has heard this argument before. Scientists have come out with “proof” of it, and the media won’t stop rambling about how video games like Grand Theft Auto have turned our youths into devils. The government, even U.S. President Donald Trump himself, won’t stop going on about how […]

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Watch what you say: AI is listening

Last week, something really strange happened — I was talking to my friend, laptop in my bag, about how I wanted to buy fairy lights for my room. The very next day, I received a pop-up ad on Facebook about fairy lights from Amazon. I was creeped out by this seemingly spooky coincidence of ads, […]

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