The American College Application Process and the Commodification of Self

This time last year, I was working tirelessly on my college applications. The process, already taxing, took a bizarre turn as I received my college decision notifications in the midst of the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal. This article will not be about the scandal, however, I think that as a result of the scandal,…

Take action: Closing Child Detention Centers

This is a submission by Emily Ryan and the following is a transcript, written out by Sorana B.  There is a heartbreaking epidemic in the United States — an epidemic which many corners of social media have been virtually silent about. This isn’t a Democratic issue. This isn’t a Republican, liberal, conservative, or Independent issue….

Dying with Dignity- Why Euthanasia Should Be Legal in Australia

*TRIGGER WARNING: this article talks about suicide and depression* I have had two major experiences in my life that have deeply changed my outlook on the world. The first experience being the death of my mother in 2013 when I was ten years old. She had been suffering from breast cancer for about a year…

Grieving the Earth’s Damage

Recently, I had to write about my thoughts on the current climate crisis. Typical to my writing process, I began by researching. After perusing some articles about climate change and the Earth’s damage, I, to put it simply, felt very sad. The combination of the irreversible damage that has been made by humans and the…

Losing My Friends After High School

I am coming to the end of my second last year of high school. I go back to school tomorrow just to get feedback from my final exams for the year. It only feels like yesterday that I was sitting in my school’s performing arts center surrounded by 240 jittery Year 7’s on our Orientation…

French Braids, Dutch Braids, or Trap Braids: The Power in a Name

When I was younger, my mom would often style my hair in two braided pigtails to manage my curls. Living in a predominantly non-black neighborhood and having my hair braided by my non-black mother, to me, she was doing my hair in French braids. However, being a black girl, I also know that this hairstyle…

Stop Treating Black People as a Monolith

When I was the in third grade, my teacher assigned a black history project. We were required to research an African-American of significance and give a presentation to the rest of the class. One of my peers gave her presentation on Coretta Scott King: musician and wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After my…