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Julia Schemmer
Julia Schemmer, a senior at Norco High School, is truly ecstatic to be writing for HuffPost Teen. She enjoys challenging herself with six Advanced Placement and Honors courses, as well as over twenty clubs and volunteering at Crossroads Christian Church four days a week. She also is a member of National Teen Council, a High School Ambassador for, a writer for, and the founder of the Face of Cancer. One day, Julia would like to become an international human rights lawyer, specifically in India and the Middle East region. Julia is passionate about the prevention of genocide, and seeks to work one day with the UN Human Rights Commission to end genocide and mentor people affected by genocidal attempts.

Entries by Julia Schemmer

I'm Scared (But Excited) to Go to College

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:37 PM

As a child, I always idealized what the college admissions process would look like for me, as I anxiously scribbled out my life's ambitions on a Hannah Montana spiral bound notebook. I dreamed of the day where I'd get my first acceptance letter, and go on to learn as much...

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The Unspoken Genocide

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:10 AM

Throughout my four years of high school, I made the ambitious decision to take every history class available at my high school. Weird, I know. During my sophomore year, I became acquainted with Confucius, mingled with Buddha, and analyzed the trans-Siberian trade routes as an AP World History student. As...

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50 Shades of "Nay!"

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 11:46 AM

Warning: unpopular beliefs ahead.

Unlike most teenagers, I'm not too psyched about the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Upon its literary release, the book sold over one hundred million copies, and gained a fandom seemingly overnight. This soon developed into a Fifty Shades of Grey...

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Here's What Your Favorite Celebrities Have to Say About Dealing With Rejection, Emojis and More

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 5:21 PM

The 2nd Annual iHeart Radio Music Awards took place on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Shrine Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. I had the amazing opportunity of attending this super fun awards show, and covering the red carpet. As the event progressed, I had a ton of fun not...

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An Ode to the Shameless Self-Promoter

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 11:23 AM

This post is about you.

Yes, you.

You're constantly posting your selfies on Instagram, leaving updates about how you are making your dreams come to life on Facebook and tweeting your golden thoughts on Twitter. You might even have your own hashtag, and it is possible that you dream of...

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Why Drake Bell Inspires Me

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 11:38 AM

Adversity, although not the ultimate definition of who we are, has a way of impacting our future decisions, strengthening or weakening us into the person we would inevitably become. It's in the moments of hardship and toil that we begin to understand ourselves better than the Buzzfeed personality quizzes we...

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The Totally Unexpected Way I Spent My 18th Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 4:21 PM

Being completely honest here, I usually hate birthdays.

Not that it's not fun turning a new age, or that I'm afraid of what the future might hold, but I often feel uncomfortable about people focusing on me for the day. Being very introverted and shy, it is a leap outside...

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Why I Respect Zayn for Leaving One Direction

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 11:40 AM

This week, Directioners received heartbreaking news that their favorite mysterious, man-bun wearing, Aladdin-twinning member, Zayn Malik, has decided to leave the group.

The band released the following statement on March 25, 2015 from Zayn, leaving fans binge-listening to their music in hopes it was all a lie:

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50 Reasons Why Sam Smith Should Go to Prom With Me

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 3:23 PM

I'll be honest here: I used to laugh at the teenagers who would ask their favorite celebrity to attend prom, winter formal or homecoming with them. Why, I wondered, would they want an A-List celebrity to show up to their prom?

However, this summer, I discovered an incredible artist...

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What I Didn't Expect the People's Choice Awards to Teach Me

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 4:01 PM

On Wednesday, December 7, 2015, celebrities from all different mediums and backgrounds gathered to the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, CA for the 2015 People's Choice Awards. This awards show is dictated completely by the voice of the people, and major contenders were up for some envious awards.


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An Open Letter to the New House of Representatives (From a Teen)

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:28 PM

Dear newly elected House members,

It's January, meaning the beginning of not only a New Year, but also the beginning of your new session. Can you believe we're in the 114th session already? Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Pulitzer and Donna Edwards graced the same room that you find yourself in. Pretty...

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My Unconventional Adventure Part II: Reporting at the 2014 American Music Awards

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:24 PM

Hey darlings! Last time I posted my unconventional adventure, I was at the 2014 Emmy Style Lounge, gaining exposure to different celebrities, journalists and experiences in the entertainment industry. Now, I'm back, reporting for the 2014 American Music Awards!


Reporting at...

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Last Year, I Fell in Love (But Not Like That)

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 9:43 AM

2014 was a whirlwind of emotions and events. Looking back, I'm overwhelmed at the pleasurable opportunities placed before me. It was a year in which I was pushed out of my comfort zone and given the strength to soar. Last year, I experienced something I've never experienced before: I fell...

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How I Found My Voice Through Blogging

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 4:22 PM

2014 has been a year of wondrous change, of learning to see the possibility in every opportunity and the adventure in every mundane task. 2014 presented various moments for me to be pushed out of my comfort zone - from attending the 2014 Disney Dreamers Academy to the scary realization...

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3 Ways You Can Promote Inclusiveness This Halloween

(8) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:17 AM

This Halloween, it's time for us to ditch the kimono, the sari and the mariachi suit.

During the beginning of my senior year, my school decided to host a "Cowboys and Indians" dress up day event as a welcoming event for new and returning students. To the blind...

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An Open Letter to the 5 Seconds of Summer's 'Good Girls' Music Video

(8) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 9:47 AM

Dear 5 Seconds of Summer,

I have nothing against you. I think your accents are pretty rad, your passion for music admirable and your creativity coveted. However, as a female teenage girl, I am deeply offended by your "Good Girls" music video.

I'm 17 years old, a senior...

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The Difference Between Feminism and Sexism

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 12:58 PM

The feminist movement is alive and breathing, full of voices from both men and women from all around the world. From tackling issues such as public school dress codes, unequal wages and the kidnapping of the 238 Nigerian schoolgirls, activists for women's rights have been working tirelessly to improve conditions...

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I Won't Stop Dancing

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:25 AM

When I was in the fourth grade, the bright idea came to my head that I would somehow perform in the elementary school talent show. All my friends attended dance classes, and would swirl and twirl in their beautiful tutus. Growing up, my family didn't have enough money for my...

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My Unconventional Adventure Part One: Interning at the 2014 Emmy Style Lounge

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 9:59 AM

People who follow me on Instagram (@missjuliadarling) know that in every post, I use the hashtag #JuliasJollyHoliday. What began as a tribute to my favorite movie, Mary Poppins, transformed into a mantra of finding the adventure in the mundane, the ordinary and the conventional.

On Friday, August 22, 2014,...

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5 Epic Songs to Jam Out to When You Have a Deadline

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:33 AM

We're all guilty of the deadline epidemic: knowing you have a deadline, but deciding to momentarily peruse Buzzfeed, tweet about the newest episode of Pretty Little Liars, eat more than you should, and catch up on your chick flicks. Before you know it, it's 10:45 a.m., and your deadline is...

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