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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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Teen Wellness 101: When to Reach Out for Help

If you’re between the ages of twelve and twenty-one, chances are you have a friend whose well-being you are worried about. And maybe you’ve thought about intervening.  Reaching out when concerned about a friend can be incredibly difficult. Our closest friends are those that we trust and confide in, and reaching out to an adult or professional without their knowledge can feel like a violation of that trust. So how do you know if it’s … Read More

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Work Life balance, Stress

Making the Journey Count

In a fast-paced and competitive world, productivity is seen as the ultimate key to accomplishment. Having this “drive to strive” for achievement has pushed people to do the most possible so that the best outcome arises. Whether it is about trying to impress our parents or attending the most prestigious college, we often put forth our best effort when there is a grand prize waiting for us at the end. However, isn’t the journey to … Read More

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Empathy in the news

I skim the Washington Post daily to keep up with the world. In the light of former president George HW Bush passing, a headline that caught my eye was “The touching gesture by George H W Bush that his Secret Service ‘ family’ will never forget”. The article had a picture of George H. W. Bush sitting near a flower garden in Kennebunkport, Maine in 2013 holding a 2-year old child. The pair wore matching … Read More

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On Creativity

Every student knows the struggle of wanting to set him or herself apart. Most places we go, people ask us to think outside the box, to set ourselves apart, and to be creative. If creativity is finding unique ways to flourish in the world, then, to me, one of the most creative things in the world is a deliberate, hard-earned rejection of other’s definition of success. While creative outlets come naturally to some people, I … Read More

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Macho Mentality

Just a couple weeks after school ended, I was attacked. One of my closest friends lunged at me after a game of bowling, first trying to choke me, and later driving his nails into my neck. After talking to him about the incident, we came to the conclusion that something else triggered his actions, and not the issue of the bowling game. To me, the root cause was quite apparent: he had bottled up anger … Read More

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A Discussion About Stress

With the high expectations that are set for students to excel in every area of their life comes stress— arguably one of the strongest emotions that teenagers experience on a day-to-day basis. Whether this feeling is rooted from demanding and watchful parents or the pressure of future college acceptances, students hold a large amount of unnecessary and heavy weight on their backs. Managing this invisible, yet very impactful weight ultimately causes mental and sometimes physical … Read More

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