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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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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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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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Aug, 2016

The Best School Year Yet

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As summer draws to a close, many of you are probably nervous, or excited, or dreading the first day of school. There’s a lot that goes into preparing for school: new supplies, clothing, classes, people, haircuts… and that’s just the beginning of the list!…

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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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Dec, 2015

Don’t let sex screw you

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Sex and high school go hand in hand. You’re either thinking about it, having it, not having it, or talking about it. It really can, well for lack of a better word, screw you… pun intended. At this age, with your hormones raging out of control and realizing that the boys in your class have never looked so good, it’s really hard to think about anything else. I’m not saying that all teens are crazy horn-balls- despite what my parents believe. There just seems to be an unspoken (or even […]

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