How Problematic is voluntourism?

Celebrities posing next to orphans in Cambodia. Groups of tourists teaching English to students in Costa Rica. Teens digging wells in Kenya. Especially among social media users, the voluntourism industry — where tourists travel to foreign countries to volunteer and “improve” the conditions of that place — has become increasingly enticing. People are constantly found […]

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yellow spiders

“A spider’s bag the rest, from which she gives a thread, and still by constant weaving lives.” – Ovid my web is made from juice in my abdomen. the bitter taste of neglect lingers in my mouth before i create patterns of words undeserving of your second glance. they are like cat hair on wool, […]

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Freedom

I sat in my room, staring across at the pearly white wall: the closest I ever would get to the color of the sun. Bright, blinding, beautiful. Everything I wanted was nothing. Nothing could replace the warm sun, at least a flash of the shining rays I had once felt. But it all went away […]

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Underpaid Athletes

Professional sports are a male dominated field. Not only are there more men in sports, but men earn a higher income than their female counterparts. Of the 2019 Forbes list of highest-paid athletes, Serena Williams was the only female on the list. In some cases, male athletes have earned up to three times more than […]

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Toxic Trends

When most teens shop, they are looking for cheaper clothes that fit the latest trends and styles, leading them to stores such as Forever 21, H&M, and Uniqlo. In the moment, shopping at these stores may seem like the best choice: it’s affordable, trendy, and easy. But, those inexpensive prices come at a cost for […]

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New Year, New Activist

If you’re interested in becoming a student activist, but don’t know where to start, here are three books that might spark ideas and inspire you to take action in your own way. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 16-year-old Starr Carter is an African American girl who grew up in a poor neighborhood and […]

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