Fighting Two Battles at Once
by Nabeeha Islam
When I was 8, I was adamant about having a strict daily routine. I woke up at precisely 7 a.m., brushed my teeth at 7:05, and got dressed in 10 minutes. I had to follow this schedule exactly. If not, I experienced panic attacks until I got back into my pajamas and into bed, in hopes to “restart” my day from the beginning until I got my routine right.
How Masking Impacted My in-school experience
by Marylene Bioh
After one year of online learning in 8th grade, I chose blended learning for my freshman year at Beacon High School. I only had to go in person one day a week, and during the rest of the week my classes were held remotely.
The Privilege of Telling My Side of the Story
by Seohee Jung
My younger brother and I grinned at each other from the back seat of my grandpa’s Jeep: We were making a rare trip to Burger King. I was 11. We had been living in the United States for four years after emigrating from South Korea, and most of the time, my mom preferred that we eat her home-cooked Korean meals.
Stereotyped Into Silence No More
by Kaylee Pierre
In 2nd grade, my White teacher wrote on the dry erase board: “character traits/adjectives.” “Who knows an example of a way you can describe a character?” she said, her voice barely reaching the back of the room. The room remained quiet.
Reporting a Crime and Being Wary of the Police
by Ethan Park
The only good Samaritan acts I’d ever done was hold the door for someone or give compliments to a person feeling down. That changed last October 29. I was walking to a gym class in Inwood. It was cloudy and windy with a chance of rain, so I wore a sweatshirt, shorts, and of course my mask.
By Trying to Fit In, I Lost My Joy
by Maddy Goldstein
When I was little, my family referred to me as their little nut because I was so outgoing. In school, I was scolded for being too loud during rest time and frequently had my seat moved for chatting too much with my classmates.