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Adora Svitak
Since the age of 4, Adora Svitak has been exploring what she can do with the written word, championing everything from literacy to the voices of the youth to education reform. She is a finalist in the Teen Impact contest on The Huffington Post.

Entries by Adora Svitak

The social bad in selling social good

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 3:50 PM


March 2014: I'm at Seattle's We Day, the flashy event celebrating youth public service that happens in stadiums in various big cities every spring. In one of the more surreal experiences of my life, I take pictures with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and...

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The Asian Beauty Problem

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 11:41 AM

My friend Megan is, by traditional standards, gorgeous. Her hair gleams, she tiptoes on the line between svelte and bean-pole skinny with the finesse of a dancer, and she has that agreed-upon indicator of Tumblr "thinspiration" perfection, the unattainable "thigh gap," without even trying.

It's a good thing Megan...

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'Humanities Folks' Need to Pay Attention to STEM, and Vice Versa

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 7:37 PM

When I was little, I hated a lot of things. I refused to practice piano or violin. I didn't eat my leafy vegetables. But most of all I hated math. By extension, I disliked anything that stank of equations: physics, chemistry, technology, engineering. After falling in love with Corinthian columns...

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Keeping Up With the Joneses, When the Joneses Are High Schoolers

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 12:36 PM

When I came back from South by Southwest EDU, I felt excited. Vitalized. Energized. Motivated. All the good words that end in -ed. But I also came back pressured.

It wasn't the kind of pressure that anyone put on me explicitly. It was the kind of...

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Dear Parents: Leave Us Alone

(5) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 10:14 AM

Who doesn't love attention? We clamor for it as kids, throwing temper tantrums incessantly. We fight with our siblings. We conduct daring feats and do stupid things. Yet somewhere along the road this morphs into closing our doors, demanding our personal space and yelling, "Just leave me alone!"

I'll admit,...

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Substitute Shouldn't Mean Substandard

(16) Comments | Posted February 25, 2012 | 7:10 PM

Imagine this: you're at the dinner table when your children start to tell you about their new teachers. Mr. Smith is a laidback web surfer who prefers reading email over grading papers; he leaves the teaching up to the student TA. Mrs. Farn (tries to) rule the classroom with an...

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Teen Impact: Finalist #14

(3) Comments | Posted January 21, 2012 | 3:30 PM

This blog post was submitted as an entry in the Teen Impact contest and awarded as a finalist.

It all started on a stage in Long Beach, Calif. in February 2010 with a few words and a thought: The world needs "childish" thinking. At my widely watched...

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Would You Buy This for Your Daughter?

(2066) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 1:39 PM

While waiting for my mom to get out of the fitting room at Target, I started looking at clothes. Seeing nothing that looked like it would fit me (unsurprisingly, since I was standing in the middle of the women's section) I started walking toward Juniors. (Juniors is generally inclusive of...

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Do We Treat History Like a Dead Language?

(15) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 3:18 PM

A sweltering parking garage filled with wand-wielding Harry Potter enthusiasts (all waiting in line for the midnight premiere of HP and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) may not seem like the most obvious place to quiz one's sister's friends about current events, but it was still an hour until the...

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It's Not Girls' Fault

(76) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 8:25 PM

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, gave a TED Talk a while back, which I watched; I was impressed with her poise and interesting opinions. Her talk helped answer a very important question: why we have too few women leaders.

I would...

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The Shaky Marriage of Apathy and Activism

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 11:50 AM

Apathy is defined as "lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern." I worry a lot about apathy toward, or superficial interest in, world affairs -- even among the most seemingly charitably minded people. Lots of people drive a Prius, dutifully donate the occasional hundred dollars to various respectable charities, and bring...

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Prom: An American Tradition Gone Awry

(107) Comments | Posted May 22, 2011 | 3:59 PM

The other day my family went looking for prom dresses for my sister. The first place we stopped was an expensive boutique with thousands of dresses. As I was about to step inside, Adrianna remarked casually, "This place is really crowded with dresses."

"What do you mean?" I...

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Changes Schools Should Make to Better Serve Students: A Student's View

(354) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 10:00 PM

My mom once asked me about the first steps I would hypothetically take to make a "better school." I don't claim to be an education expert, but I do have personal opinions about the ideal school -- one I'd like to go to. Among many other things, I said that...

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