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By Malavika Eby My name is Malavika, I’m seventeen years old, and a first-generation immigrant to the United States as of 2008. My parents shifted their lives from South India to Northern California in their early-twenties, and while they may have physically left behind their relatives, childhood homes, and family pets, they never shed the values and thought patterns instilled in them by their closest influences from home.  Referring back to the old nature-versus-nurture debate, … Read More

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The Importance of Journaling

By Megha Khanna When someone typically thinks about journaling, they imagine a pensive person, sitting comfortably in a chair, writing with a pen in an embellished journal. Though this can be what journaling looks like for some people, it is not the only way. It can also look like someone laying in bed typing on the notes app on their phone, or sitting on a train taking quick notes on a spiral notepad and even … Read More

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The effects of the lockdown on an over-dramatic teenager

By Shriya Kulkarni Lockdown feels a lot like being grounded! You aren’t allowed to go outside or meet anybody, and if you do, you face mortal peril… Well, if not true mortal peril, at least something equally terrifying. The only difference between these two scenarios is that if you go outside, in one case you will incur the holy wrath of your parents, and in the other case you face the real risk of dying … Read More

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A technique to deal with mental struggles

Almost every tween and teen has come face to face with a mental struggle. An essential part of adolescence is learning how to cope with and handle everyday struggles, both psychological and physical. How can you help yourself through a mental battle? How can you help others? How do you know which techniques work? From personal experience, I have learned that talking to someone that you are close to is the best way to help … Read More

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A practical approach – Avoid being bullied

Bullying is a social evil that is defined as the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate. We have all faced it, and we have all been on both sides of the equation. From the school-yard or on the internet, bullying is ubiquitous. The aim of this blog is to sensitize ourselves to bullying as well as give tips on how to avoid it. To bring home the point, here is an excerpt from … Read More

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My built-in best friend

I used to dread being alone. I thought it reeked with the stench of being unlikable, unlovable because the only reason to be alone is if no one else chooses to be with you but yourself. Growing up, I wasn’t the best at keeping friends. Sometimes it’s by chance, sometimes for reason, but I’ve found that the people I’ve grown most fond of tend to be the people that don’t last long inside my world. … Read More

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Discussing introvertism in an outgoing world

In our world today, we are expected to be social and to have many friends. It is not a world for introverts, which can make them feel down about themselves. How can introverts fit into society? How can they feel better about themselves and the community? I am an introvert, and I struggle to talk to people. I struggled with this for a while because everyone else was hanging out, and I wouldn’t be invited. … Read More

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Rejection and disappointment

Rejection sucks. It is a heart-wrenching feeling when your hard work is being treated like it means nothing. The other feeling in this “package deal” is a disappointment. Dismissing your efforts will invariably lead you to feel sad and distressed. When my entry to a programming competition didn’t make the cut, I was devastated. I did what any rational person would do: I bawled my eyes out and refused to talk about the incident. OK, … Read More

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