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Isabel Song
I'm a 17 year old high school junior. I'm in a lot of clubs and honor societies, and I volunteer at my local hospital and as a member of the teen advisory council at my public library. I really like Twitter (@IsabelSong).
I want to be a pediatric oncologist because it's high time children stopped dying because of cancer. It's time the world stopped ignoring these brave children.
My ultimate goal is to make a positive, lasting difference in the world.
My personal motto: "Dream. Believe. Hope. Live. Love."
I love writing, and I'm extremely dedicated to my education. I especially love being able to educate others and empower teens to make a difference, speak up, and be active in their communities.

Entries by Isabel Song

A Year of Magic

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 9:45 AM

Exactly one year ago today on May 30, 2013, I published my first post for HuffPost Teen.

The year following it has been an absolutely magical journey.

It's always hard to put into words and explain how something has inexplicably changed your life and shifted your mountains, but that is...

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Competition Doesn't Have to Be a Life-Sucking Monster

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:03 PM

"A little competition never hurt anybody."

Maybe so, but what happens when competition escalates, when the pressure to be the best becomes overwhelming, and when the competition is all that matters anymore? What happens when you're treated as a failure when you don't beat out the competition, even if you...

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Why More Adults Need to Value Teenage Voices

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 11:43 AM

It's no secret that many adults frequently snub and completely ignore my generation. We're cast off as ignorant, arrogant, full of ourselves and plain old stupid. We're told that we can't change anything. Children are to be seen, not heard. Adults call us oblivious to the "real world." We're belittled...

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Why We're Still Talking About 'Frozen' and What Disney Should Do Next

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:51 AM

As if there aren't enough people talking about Frozen already, even way past its release date, here's my take on the Disney movie and why it has stuck with me (and not just because of its songs, which seem to only gain popularity as the weeks go on). (Spoiler alert:...

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Who Am I?

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 2:51 AM

Who am I? I am a 17-year-old female. I live in Colorado. I play three different instruments, participate in three honor societies and two clubs and volunteer at a local hospital and at the public library as part of the teen advisory council. I like to write. And I'm tired...

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A Letter to My Future Self As a High School Graduate

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Dear Future Isabel,

This is somewhat awkward for me because I'm not entirely sure how to write a letter to my future self, but here it goes.

How are you? I can't even begin to imagine what my life will be like after just three more semesters of high school....

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What Do You Mean, First Semester Finals Are Here?!

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 2:21 PM

Ah, finals. The bane of everyone's existence. On one hand, first semester finals scare us to death because it means that the school year is already half-way over. On the other hand, they also scare us because they're FINALS. (By the way, do not ask me what I'm doing writing...

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The Backwardness of ENDA Opposition

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 4:19 PM

Ted Kennedy once declared, "The promise of America will never be fulfilled as long as justice is denied to even one among us." In a country whose citizens love to talk about how America is all about equal rights, liberty and justice, these bold words find themselves at home. So...

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Goodbye to 16

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:46 AM

I wasn't one of those teens who throw big "Sweet 16" birthday parties. In fact, on my 16th birthday last year I'm pretty sure all I did was go out to dinner with my family. I'm 100 percent sure I didn't mark the date by going out with friends. I,...

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Why I Dedicate My Life to Childhood Cancer

(27) Comments | Posted September 14, 2013 | 11:06 AM

You would be hard pressed to find someone whose story on finding a life calling in pediatric oncology starts with Taylor Swift. Well, congratulations. That person is me.

It started with a song. "Ronan." When Taylor released that heartbreaking song about a boy who died of cancer before he could...

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On Starting Junior Year

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 10:45 AM

Summer is coming to a close, and for me that means I'll be back in school in less than two weeks. I remember I used to be that kid who made a countdown until the first day of school that started weeks before the current school year ended. I was...

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How to Survive High School

(5) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 10:02 AM

There are some basic tips and advice that will help anyone get through high school. Most of these may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised at the amount of people who don't actually apply it into their lives. You can succeed in high school and have a fun time without...

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How to Survive Summer Reading

(10) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 10:09 AM

The two words every student groans at when ending any school year is "summer reading" -- especially since at the end of the school year, the last thing we want to think about is homework. No, sir. Despite that fact, by the time August rolls around, students start to scramble...

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Black Forest Fire

(4) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Last summer, I was relatively tucked safely away in western Colorado as I watched news of the Waldo Canyon Wildfire like a mother hen. Now, I live in the very city that was threatened by that same fire. This year, I'm watching the smoke from the fires across southern Colorado...

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Guns, Death and True Fear

(20) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 9:53 AM

I never knew true fear until I faced the possibility that my entire family might be dead.

I remember that night all too well. I doubt I will ever be able to forget it.

My family, facing a boring summer night, wanted something interesting to do; one of the...

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