I write this because I know that there are people out there who feel like I felt when I knew I wasn't one of the "fortunate ones" to go to college. I just want you to know that because you might not be able to do it now, it doesn't mean that you're done. In fact, this is only the beginning. I believe in you. Because I AM you.
There is a darkness full of colors I've never seen before. It browses the cracks of my mind before spilling into my nose and mouth and ears where I smell and taste and hear the darkness. But I've never seen it. When I close my eyes, I see...
For the black Muslim girl who went to the One Direction concert in junior high, trapped between a million versions of who she could be, Zayn holds countless lessons for me.
New York City,
Liberal Arts Colleges,
Taking a Gap Year,
Turning Down Your Dream School,
So don't feel bad about being unsure, and don't be afraid to change your mind. There's strength in recognizing when something doesn't feel right. Don't believe the hype about having to attend the most prestigious college in order to lead a successful life.
The new X-Men: Apocalypse comes out May 27 and, according to our reporters, is worth the wait. The storyline follows Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe who has amassed the powers of many other mutants, becomes immortal and...
Based on the book by Lewis Carroll, Disney brings us Alice Through the Looking Glass directed by James Bobin and produced by Tim Burton. The story follows Alice who returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save...
While everyone else is talking mad crap about Keke, she's somewhere living her life, achieving her dreams and ignoring all the B.S. And that is a true example of someone that is internally beautiful. Beautiful is as beautiful does.
Gap Year Programs,
To anyone contemplating taking a gap year: I cannot urge strongly enough that there is no better way to transform yourself from a lost high school kid who thinks they've got a clue, to a young adult who's starting to get the idea that cluelessness is a necessary part of life.
Dismissing the gap year concept as another privilege of the 1 percent does a disservice to us all, as society would gain substantially from a generation of more engaged, self-directed and academically-motivated young people.
You go to college to learn. That's the whole point of it. After having completed my freshman year, however, I realized that you learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside it. And, believe me, these lessons will bruise you and break you just as much as the exams and labs do.
High School Graduation,
Student Graduation Speeches,
I read a lot of graduation speeches during my writing process, and, I have to say, the majority of them were painfully, terribly boring. One of them started with a quote from Ulysses, which I haven't read because there's no pictures in it. Another was dedicated entirely to Full House....
Here I am presenting to student attendees at the EF Global Student Leaders Summit which looked at the future of energy from Iceland By Ann Makosinski I have half an hour to write this article. GO. My name is...
We spend the first 18 years of our life learning English, math, science and history. Once we know how to write in MLA format and long divide, we're expected to have the tools to select the best path to lead us to our dream career.
Peer To Peer,
Black Voices News
The most powerful influence on a teenager is another teenager. Our shared experiences give us perspective and help us believe in ourselves and overcome any obstacles.
As a 19-something-year-old adoptee living in a Western society, I've often been thrown the phrase, "you're so lucky!" after telling someone I'm adopted.
Most students get excited when they see "work period" or "movie" written on the board upon entering class. I get excited when I see the word "debate". In my classes we don't follow a formal debate procedure, like a debate team would, so some could argue (pun intended) that our...
When my husband and I decided to quit our jobs and take our son on a trip around the globe, part of the decision was making a conscious choice to jump off the spinning merry-go-round of life.
Away From Home,
Coming Of Age,
May 2016 My ability to stick is just as strong as a Command hook, and my ability to stick around is just as weak as one. The way the end of the school year tugs at my tanned ankles dangling off the dock; the way the end of May yanks...
La Casa Tomada,
Steven P. Harrington,
The United Nations World Food Programme,
World Food Programme,
Brooklyn Street Art,
Six street artists took their social engagement a step further in El Salvador last month and taught youth some serious skills from the street. Coming from Brazil, Australia, Ecuador, Mexico, New York and New Jersey, this international crew took the time to share and teach about painting, art, and how...
Loosely based on the hugely popular app which has had billions of downloads, this film holds its own. In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an...