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Marsha Pinto
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Marsha, 19, is a student majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her writings about life from the time she was in elementary school have been inspiring people world over. In December 2012, she was recognized by the Ellen DeGeneres Show. She is known to be soft-spoken, but is transformed into a very different person when she is speaking on topics she is passionate about. Her passion for the little things we tend to ignore about life runs deep. She asks, “Everyone can relate to being hurt themselves, but can everyone relate to the fact that they may have hurt others?” She hopes to connect with readers through her writing and encourages the quietest of voices to be heard. Follow her mission and visit http://softestvoices.com/

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7 Things a Quiet Student Wishes Their Teacher Understood

(90) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 10:07 AM

The long held friction between teachers and students is one that has lasted for generations, with both sides frantically pointing fingers at each other's faults. There is the one side with teachers attempting to understand and correct their students behavior and the other side where students continue to grumble about...

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Who Says Quiet Kids Can't be Leaders?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Society is obsessed with leadership. Leadership skills are highly emphasized as a requirement on almost every posting -- be it for college admission or a job position. Students are taught about leaders, how to be a leader and what makes a good leader. As a current college student...

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The Secret Life of an Introverted Kid

(42) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:16 PM

When I wrote my last piece on introverts back in August, I never expected it to get the attention that it did or be part of a sudden introvert online revolution.

When I was younger, I would constantly look out for articles, blogs or videos of young people...

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What Millennials Really Want This Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 9:25 AM

When most people think of gifting the younger people in their lives possible gift ideas that come to mind are the usual electronic or clothing items available, but while these items may fulfill are impulsive desires it's not what we really want. According to this USA Today article,...

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6 Reasons Why You Should Appreciate Introverts

(6) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 10:03 AM

If you haven't realized the hard way, it's obvious that our society favors the extroverted personality. Being introverted has always been seen as something that needs to be "fixed."

Yet, whatever happened to quality over quantity in our words? Should it be about saying the most or saying what matters?...

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7 Things Helicopter Parents NEED to Understand

(4) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 11:11 AM

Growing up, I watched as those of my generation felt pressured and controlled by their helicopter parents. Later on, these individuals experienced anxiety, major health issues and the constant feeling of never being able to live up to their parents' expectations.

In our fast-paced and competitive society, the stresses children...

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The Power of Awkward

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 10:11 AM

I would like to dedicate this blog to the imperfect, those were told they were not good enough, the brilliant minds who have had their ideas laughed at and to those who were excluded simply for being "awkward."

We live in a society that strives for perfection and avoids shame....

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Hey Girl, What's in a NUMBER?

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:40 PM

The biggest battle that a girl in North America faces is the battle against different menacing numbers in their lives that leads them to a life of self-defiance. The most recent issue regarding retailer Abercrombie & Fitch refusing to stock larger sizes due to not wanting larger women wearing the...

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Dear Bullies

(9) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 9:53 AM

Dear bullies,

I have always wondered why you choose to believe that putting someone else down, would put yourself on top.

You stand there waiting for another weak prey, someone who you can easily threaten and manipulate. You invest your time and energy into diminishing every ounce of confidence in...

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Abolishing 'Impossible': A Letter to President Obama

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 9:36 AM

Dear President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama,

Through a large part of 2012, I watched the rallies, conventions, debates, and campaigning that went into achieving your dream of another term as President of the United States of America.

However, each time I watched both of you take to...

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Oppa Ellen Style!

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 8:34 AM

Back in August, I had posted a blog about shyness -- an issue that I feel receives a lack of empathy.

Now, as I watch people make resolutions for the new year, it reminds me of a resolution I would always make due to the reality of...

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Why I Love Ellen DeGeneres

(5) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 7:28 AM

"Let's have a little fun today, let's give a little love away": These two memorable phrases from the theme song of the Ellen Show prepare you for an upcoming hour of laughter and giving with none other than Ellen DeGeneres. If it's not her famous short hairdo or her contagious...

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The Obama Family, From a Canadian Teen's Perspective

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 11:29 AM

As a Canadian teenager, you would expect that taking interest in US politics would not be an interest of mine. After all, on November 6, I will not have a ballot in front of me, nor will I have a say on who becomes president of the United States of...

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Fearing the First Day of School?

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 8:23 AM

You toss and turn the night before, and wake up for the big day with a stomach full of butterflies. It's not the new teacher or the stress of having to do homework again that bothers you the most. Instead, you -- along with a million other students -- are...

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Being Shy About Being Shy

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 9:21 AM

Shyness or social anxiety is often seen as a disorder, when really it is nothing more than a personality trait. As a girl who was once considered the "shy girl " of her class, I know am uncovering the blanket that has been hiding all introverts. Let the softest voices...

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