Apr 23

Social Anxiety Disorder


Before our Socratic Seminar

My teacher told me and one other student

We should try to contribute more.

Talk more.

“Yeah, I will,” I say,

But my mind is saying something else.

My mind is begging him to understand,

I can’t.

I’m sick.

I don’t talk because 

If I do

I’ll suffocate for the rest of class,

Slide in and out of consciousness,
Apr 16
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We are Running out of Time!


        This is your last chance. Please. This is your last chance, our last chance! To save the world. As I walked down the road the only smells that I took in were those of car exhaust and gas. I rode my bike down the road. The smells disgust me. I put my bike down I ran my hands across the rough stone that runs along the perimeter of UVM. The stone feels cool on my hands. But this moment however is ruined when my hands reach cigarette butt. Moments like this should not be ruined.
Apr 14
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Yáng

It began with a class field trip to China organized by my real-life teacher to film the culture, tourist attractions and beautiful scenery. I, not like my real-life self, was eager to go to China. The other students and teacher melted away once we arrived and I found myself in a large courtyard that resemboled the inside of the Forbidden City. But it couldn't be...
Apr 13
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Day at the beach

My family and I go to Maine for our annual summer vacation. A few years ago we went to Wells Beach because it was a nice day out and we wanted to swim in the ocean. So my sister and I went to the bathroom to change into our bathing suits. There was a long line, we had to wait for about ten minutes. When it was our turn we each went to get changed, but I was done first so I waited outside the bathroom for my sister.
Apr 12
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Silence

Melli looked around at the noiseless room. People were laughing and shouting, but the only thing she heard was silence. This is how she was born. In a world full of color and noise, she had none of it. People had tried describing color to her before, but she couldn't grasp it. She got up, tking one last look around the room before walking outside. She popped some gum out of her pocket. Extra spicy cinnamon. Her sense of taste was diminished as well, although she could taste extreme flavors.

Extraordinary

I watched Zuckerberg testify for a short time on Tuesday and then listened as I did some work. A couple of things came to mind, a couple of things struck me:
  • He still looks and acts like a rich college kid.
  • Has he ever worn a tie before?
  • Does he really expect we'll believe him?
I can't shake the image of his haughty outrage shortly after the November 2016 election when he said that it was ridiculous to think that Facebook had anything to do with the election.
Apr 10

Recalling Something I Lost and Never Got Back

I remember the older version of myself. The one that got lost in a storm of hate and heartbreak. That me was strong. She held onto the happiness in her life for so long and tried immensely to get back up after life pushed her down. I’m not sure what broke that part of me, or what the final straw was, but she disappeared. Leaving behind a lonely, angry and vulnerable version of what once was. I’m trying to enjoy my time here on this Earth, I really am. But there is something holding me back.
Apr 09

Why I don't Play Sports

   I know that some people love sports. They watch it, play it, basically do anything to get involved with it.
   I am not one of those people.
   The first time I really tried to play a sport was when I was about nine. My homeschooling group had set up a soccer team, and I arrived with new shin-guards and an eager outlook. I was so sure I'd be great! Simple enough, right? Kick the ball into a net, don't use your hands. 
Apr 09
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What have we done?

         Mother Nature is in grave danger! We humans are destroying the earth in our everyday lives. All of the cars we use are destroying the environment. When you drive to work or school every day you are destroying the earth. Those beautiful trees that you have seen in your yard all of your life are getting destroyed everyday because of pollution.
Apr 09
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Kindness

The kindest thing a stranger has done for me, honestly there are so many. I have so many people in my life that I don’t think i’d be able to choose just one thing. There was the kid at the track meet that helped me with my drum sticks, the girl I met from Illinois that promised to never leave me when I only just met her. So many “strangers” have helped me in many ways, and now they aren’t strangers anymore. They are people that I know and love, they became my closest friends.
Apr 06
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women will rise

when you look through the eyes of  a woman, you won’t see fat cow, but you will see a determined heart and a rising anger for those who think otherwise. -me
 my coach said I ran like a girl, I said if he ran a little faster he could to. -Mia Hamm
little girls with big dreams, become women with vision. -unknown
if one man can destroy everything, why can't one woman change it? -Malala Yousafzai
Apr 06

We are Killing the Earth

Imagine a field of cows, where there would be grass they are being herded in circles towards their death. The space needed to feed and grow them is a massive expanse that was once home to trees and animals frolicking in lush grasses. It is now a never ending mud field. Each cow spews pounds of methane into the air as it is raised each day. The air here is a bleak haze and everything but the cows is dead, and even they look like mindless zombies, eating, sleeping, and being slaughtered.
Apr 05
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Climate Change


The world is dying and we need your help. Climate change has been affecting our world for years and we need you to stop it. You can help by not polluting like driving your car less or recycling and not throwing everything in the trash. It is a proven fact by many naturalists like me that the if you don’t pollute as much you will feel better as a person. If we don’t stop climate change than the weather could gat severe and the air unhealthy.
Apr 04
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Stop climate change


Climate change on planet earth. Just imagine the animals drowning in the poles from climate change. Just think about the grasses dying. Do you really want this to happen? It affects more than just animals, it affects us and planet earth. Can’t you see the changes in weather. Soon enough planet earth will be a dessert or even just volcanic ash. If we don’t stop these climate changes then we will end up like dinosaurs. Dead. One way we can fix this is by using solar instead of gasoline.
Apr 04
alex w's picture

Stop climate change


Climate change on planet earth. Just imagine the animals drowning in the poles from climate change. Just think about the grasses dying. Do you really want this to happen? It affects more than just animals, it affects us and planet earth. Can’t you see the changes in weather. Soon enough planet earth will be a dessert or even just volcanic ash. If we don’t stop these climate changes then we will end up like dinosaurs. Dead. One way we can fix this is by using solar instead of gasoline.
Apr 04
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Save them

       Do you notice that every winter is shorter than the one before? The snow comes later and melts earlier every winter but we are not the only people affected. Climate change affects a lot of animals especially in Antarctica and the North Pole. The animals need our help, their homes are melting, they are dying, and they have nowhere to go. But there is a way we can stop climate change.
Apr 03

All human's fault


The world, it's trapped in an atmosphere of pollution. Ice caps are melting, the poor polar bears are finding themselves in danger, all because of the humans and their stupidity. Don't be one of those people, make a change. It isn't too late to turn things around… or is it? (Shrug) Might as well try. It's the human’s fault that the earth is dying, it's the humans fault to fix things.
Apr 03
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Climate change


Something you have to understand is: everyday, humans are slowly speeding up the rate at which we destroy our planet, our world, our home. This is happening, because humans are never satisfied with what we have. We are constantly trying to make more, and have things quicker. This trait, is usually a great way to continue to grow, and advance our civilization. But right now, this gift, has turned to a fatal flaw.
Apr 03

Randolph Student's Account of D.C. March

By Natalie Strand, Randolph Union High School sophomore

On Friday, March 23, I boarded the Amtrak in Randolph with 11 of my peers and three teachers, not knowing what to expect of the March of Our Lives in Washington DC. I’ve been to protests before, small ones in Montpelier and big city ones in Boston, but never had I marched on Washington before.

Invisibilia Story

A panel of judges sits to decide the fate of the young woman. She's the child of addicts and an ex-addict and ex-felon herself, and she's asking the court to trust her to become an attorney. The outcome of her case hinges on a question we all struggle with: are we destined to repeat our patterns, or do we generally stray in surprising directions? - a question increasingly relevant in an age when algorithms are trying to predict everything about our behavior.

Invisibilia -- NPR