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Jun, 2017

The Extremes Teens Will Go To (drugs)

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Senior Prom season has finally come to a close, but fear not Juniors, your time to shine-or panic- is right around the corner. Prom season is a lovely time full of tuxedos and fancy dresses, of shoes and spring flowers, of under aged drinking and sweaty "bumping and humping"... Well, the truth had to come out eventually. Now I'm sure that most teenagers view the act of drinking as a type of "right of passage"- that everyone needs at least one good blackout story by the time they enter college. [...]

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Apr, 2017

ED- part two

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The lights flashed around me in a rainbow of colors. Music pulsing, bodies shaking, I stood in the midst of my first high school dance. The crowd whooped and hollered as the DJ spun a mesh of Brittany and Beyonce and Eminem and Jay Z. My best friends surrounded me and I could feel the electricity buzzing off of their excited forms. I noticed nothing however. Not the music, not the dancing, not the lights, nothing. The only thing that filled my mind was how everyone looked in their dresses

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Mar, 2017

Ready or Not: a phone playing a video of us

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I run into my house and slam the door.  The lock turns with a definitive click.  Safety. “Hi honey how was your day?” Asks my mom sitting at the kitchen counter, her perfectly manicured fingers flipping through the latest issue of Vogue. “Fine.” I lied. I could’ve told her about the red paint on my locker today. How it had stained my hands as I tried to wipe away the dripping “SLUT”.

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Jan, 2017

I Got Money On My Mind- How to make your money last

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In the words of the great poet…. Lil Wayne… I got money on my mind. But no, Lil Scrappy I don’t got money in the bank and Shawty I really don’t care what you drank. And sorry Jay Z but you won’t catch me In the Ferrari or Jaguar switching four lanes with the top down screamin out money ain’t a thang… Cause money IS a thing … a BIG thing.

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Dec, 2016

Teen Pregnancy

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It’s 2 AM on a school night am I’m wide awake. No it’s not because I pulled an all-nighter for the History test tomorrow; not because I’m finishing my AP Psychology notes due later that day. No. I woke up this morning for the wailing two month old baby in my room. 11 months ago my life was more than normal.

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Oct, 2016

Relationships: Friends

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I have two types of friends. I have my friends who make me feel good and I have my friends that make me look good. Let me explain. Well, as you may have figured out by now, High school is a place where everything you do matters. Yes, Mean Girls wasn’t lying. It’s horrible, but it’s true. Even the lunch you get can make people look down upon you or approve of you.

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Independence – to fear it or not to fear it?

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Independence. Scary? A little. Exhilarating? Very. It can come in all shapes and forms and with a vast array of opportunities. A 12 year old girl walks to school by herself- Independence. A 16 year old boy starts his very first job- Independence. An 18 year old waves goodbye to his parents as his freshman year of college is at its start and a 22 year old searches for her first apartment. All of these show independence. All of these show new beginnings.   Independence should not be feared, though, […]

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Jun, 2016

Summer Bummer- Finding a Fun Summer Job

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What does Summer mean to you? Does it mean the ocean? Soaking up endless rays in the sun? Staying up late with your cute neighbor looking at the stars? Maybe it means a week-long cruise to an exotic island or a month abroad with your school. Or perhaps, summer to you just means catching up on some long over-due sleep and The CSI episodes you’ve missed.

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