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Why are there no more carrier pigeons?

By the time I was old enough to learn to type or make any use of the internet, it was on its way into people’s homes and everyday lives. Despite that, it has evolved enough to not only transform news media, but create mediums and ways of spreading information which would have been inconceivable ten […]

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To Invest in an Identity on the First Day

During introduction to my Advanced Economics course, while I did find myself slightly unsettled by some of his ideas about economics, I found very interesting my instructor’s explanation of ‘human capital.’ While most of his day is spent teaching high school, he is also an entreprenuer. He went on to explain his current process of […]

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“Please Describe Your Background”

When I’m asked “What are you?” a question which my slight racial ambiguity warrants on almost a daily basis, I say black. So I check black on my college app. Then sometimes (most times actually), the question is followed by “Yeah, but what else?” and sometimes “She’s Cuban!” “She’s Puerto Rican.” “She’s Italian.” from eavesdroppers. […]

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The Real Bullies

After the several suicides of gay American teens in the past few weeks, major news outlets, celebrities, and politicians have addressed this issue of bullying… mainly in schools. And while I, currently in high school, hear epithets muttered under breaths, see the carelessness of hateful words, and see the intimidated outsider eyes bearing the four-letter […]

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Girls Have To Do What They Can

The pressure is on for Afghani women to predict the gender of the children they give birth to and the pressure is on for those children to be boys.  An Afghani custom that seems to have gone on for years is to dress one young girl in the family as a boy, cut her hair short and have […]

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Imperfect Ways to End a Perfect Season

In music, and films, and stories, and books, and in our lives endings are hard to get quite right. We sometimes overlap with beginnings and in the case of summers… they often finish far before we are done with them. As September begins, we return to school and work, or continue because we never left. […]

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To Identify as an American..

As summer is coming to an end, I’ve just returned from an international program at a Scottish University. The students were mostly Europeans, a few students from the Middle East and East Asia, and a few Americans like myself. There was an obvious lack of representation from any African or Latin American countries and the majority […]

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Teenagers are Invincible…?

Underage drinking (and binge drinking) is no foreign concept to American high schools. Numerous  people I know and go to school with have bad experiences with alcohol. Some kids have blacked out and others have had their stomachs pumped after alcohol poisoning. And I just finished my sophomore year in high school. Despite everything that goes […]

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Race & Music: What does it all mean?

Instead of celebrating Independence Day weekend with American flags and the type of unconditional patriotism that I never really understood, I’m going take an opportunity to reflect on our country’s relationship with music and its cultural and racial geneology. Sunday afternoon I found myself at yet a second free concert at the Taste of Chicago: […]

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