This is a letter demanding a change to the environment and culture surrounding your test. Standardized testing has shifted from a mere requirement to a game. Whoever finds the best tutor or class wins the game. These students attend the college of their dreams.
I had read about the "1989 Secret Sessions" on Tumblr in the weeks previous, wondering how those people were chosen and how I could possibly be included in such an event. Then suddenly, come Saturday afternoon, I too was on my way from UConn to Taylor Swift's home.
Even with all those unknowns, I'm not letting them -- or anyone else -- keep me from chasing after my dreams, my wants. Just because there's a possibility I'll change my mind one day isn't justification for not pursuing my current dreams at all.
I would be presenting differently, asking for a shift in my own pronouns and silently requesting to be respected and recognized as male. And sure, everyone responded with an initial "okay," but who was really on my side?
When I was 16, unsurprisingly, I didn't think I mattered much. When I was 16, I didn't think anybody would listen to me until I was older. When I was 16, I had so many things to say, and I didn't get to really say any of them.
Is it truly only about the voice? Are you pursuing this for the love of music or for the love of someday having a Bugatti sitting in your driveway?
If just one person had decided to #BeBrave and stand up for me, and stand up to my bullies when I was too weak to do so, it would have changed my world.
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.
"Don't sweat the small stuff. There are so many things, just this week, that I've heard you girls talk about, you know, this person and that person, that in the great scheme of things really don't matter. I think that's what I'd tell myself."
So, yes, my sister and I wrote a book at 17. But I also learned a lesson that will influence every single thing that I will write in the future, and I am sure that it's for the better.
By choosing to not care, to not have an opinion, to not take a stance, you are part of the problem. Ignoring something doesn't make it go away. And you cannot rely on others to fight for the world you want to live in. It's on you. And me. And all of us to build the world we want to live in.
I'll spare you the gory details of six years of long speeches, ridiculously early mornings, boot blisters, and just tell you that it has been the greatest time of my life.
For an industry that is known for its obscene expectations of perfection in women's beauty, it may be unusual to turn to Paris Fashion Week for inspiration about feminism. But at the Chanel Ready to Wear Fashion Show, that is exactly what I found.
The season of screams and scares is officially here! Halloween is right around the corner, and it's time to embrace your inner ghoul. If you're in need of some spooktacular holiday inspiration, here are nine ways to get into the spirit of Halloween faster than you can say BOO!
I can tell you my #bighair and some might say persistent character, has been pretty disruptive at times. I applaud this, in fact I think this is one of the strongest theme's TEDxTeen has ever had.
A few weeks ago my Twitter feed was spammed with tweets with the hashtag #youaintfromnewyork. Inspired by these tweets, I decided to compile my own list of "you ain't from New York" facts.