we are instead returning to imperialism, returning to war | Ireland

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​I’m Micheál Mac Gerailt from Ireland, and I’m in Changshu, China, and I want to talk about how I believe the European Union is destroying its own founding dream: the dream of peace. So, I am a citizen of the Republic of Ireland. An island that’s been divided by war and sectarianism for centuries. Its war that was ended, in 1998, by three things: equality for all, in the north; demilitarisation of the north; and membership of the European Union, which has allowed trade, free movement, and cooperation between the two states on the island on which I live. Secondly, I am a citizen of Europe. A continent that has been divided by war and sectarianism for centuries, a continent […]

“Graduation rates at St. Johns are the second-lowest in the state.” | U.S.

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St. John’s High School, a Title 1 school on a lone island located in South Carolina (a title 1 school is a public school for students with difficulty in academics). As a teacher who undertakes multiple tasks in the school, what did Samuel choose to do with a bunch of students who don’t even care about academics? I am Sam Duncan, the Director of Student Activities, Spanish Teacher, Girls Basketball and Softball Coach at St. John’s High School in Johns Island, South Carolina. We are a small Title I High School in a rural community, consisting of about 325 students, 28 teachers, and 3 administrators. The student body is 75% African American, 20% Hispanic, and 5% white or other ethnicity. The […]

“A border wall isn’t going to keep the bad things out. They’re inside already” | U.S.

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​I think we can all agree that racism is a bad thing. From Jim Crow in the US to apartheid in South Africa, it’s been seen, it’s been done, and it’s been conquered. Or so they say. If we’re all told from the start that “racism is bad,” how is it still happening? How are people letting it happen. I think about that while I watch the news. I watch the President of this country telling its citizens that if you wear a hijab, you’re not a person; if you come from Mexico, you’re not a person; if you weren’t born here, you’re not a person. You’d think that with all the conditioning we get from childhood telling us not […]

I come from the one and only New York | U.S.

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​Hi! My name is Katrina Golubchik from 9th grade,  I come from the one and only New York City and this is my story.  It all started when I was just a little girl, and my parents sent me to my first preschool! I would never fit in with any of the crowds so i kind of just stayed on my own and lived my life the way it went. When I got into my first kindergarten I finally realized that I was different from the other kids my age. I would think about things such as what I meant in the world while other kids my age thought about how to win a fishie-fishie cross my ocean game! Anyways, […]

Every teenager thinks their life is small | U.S.

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Every teenager thinks their life is small. Every teenager thinks their contribution is an insignificant one. Every teenager thinks they should be doing more. I think the pressure is much worse when you live in a bubble-like New York City, even though I could be wrong. When you live here you’re supposed to be big, you’re supposed to make a big contribution, you’re supposed to be doing more. I think what’s more important is what happens when you aren’t prepared for more–– Because you’re only a teenager for so long, really. I keep hearing about this common experience where you’re used to being gifted. As a kid, it’s really easy to do well if it’s natural to you. And then […]

I think an important segment of my life is when I decided to get off the illicit substances and out of peer pressure | South Africa

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I think an important segment of my life, would be when I decided to get off the illicit substances and out of peer pressure. So the story goes like this. I was at the lowest point of my life, I literally felt that there was no purpose for me at this point and I resorted to the wrong crowd. I was glad that I was finally accepted by people but I was accepted because I was naive. They realized that I wanted to so badly be accepted and in turn knew that I would bend to their every will. I began with a small sip of alcohol and a small dose of whatever drug was circulating at the party. A […]

Two months later I got into a head-on collision with a truck | U.S.

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Hello, my name is Cheyenne. My story has a lot of winding roads, but I still get to where I need to go. It all started on October,3rd,1998 in Allentown Pennsylvania. My birth wasn’t exactly what you call “smooth” or “intentional”  because when my mom found out she was pregnant, the doctor told her she was having a boy. Yup, she was shocked when I came out with female parts I could only imagine the doctors face when we saw I was a girl. So everyone was upset and at disbelief but was grateful that I was alive. after the whole dramatized birth there was still one big problem ‘i didn’t have a name.’ So I was nameless for three […]

I hope the Chinese government can promote gender equality | China/Canada

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Hi, my name is Amy. I am currently in Grade 10. I will give you a little background information about me: I have lived in China for around half of my life, then I moved to Canada when I was 8. So I guess you could say that I have a good understanding of both countries. I have learnt that Canada is very open-minded about all subjects and especially since Justin Trudeau is now our prime minister (he is a part of the liberal party, which is known to be very free and open when compared to the conservatory party). Plus, I am currently studying in an all girls school, so both these factors have taught me about the importance […]

A system that gives you infinite possibilities | China/U.S.

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Hi, I’m Yilan Wang, a sophomore in high school. I was born in China and came to America for high school. Before I came to America, some of my friends asked me, “why did you choose the high school in America?”  I thought a while, but I couldn’t find an exact answer. After I have studied in America for two years, I have a better understanding of America’s education system. First, I noticed that American schools focus on students’ independence other than Chinese school. American schools want their students to become an independent individual through their education. For example, in America, the purpose of doing homework such as research project is not only to find an answer, but also to […]

Teenagers are reckless and carefree | Philippines

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I’m Grace Regalario from Philippines and I do hope that you’re all doing okay today. I am a grade 12 student and I’m one of the pioneer graduates of k-12 curriculum. As a teenager, I am often called as reckless and carefree and I’d like to share my thoughts about it. Adolescence, as we all know is the age of transition, rapid adjustment in life and changes in physical appearance starts to show. We start to see the world in a new perspective. We began to realize the importance and the heaviness of our decision and we start to weigh the consequences of our actions. This is the stage where we must learn what is wrong and right thing to […]