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Writing Contest Winners Winter 2021-22

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Four times a year, we ask our readers to write about the impact recent stories have had on teens around the country.  In Winter 2021-22, we had a range of responses from writers connecting to stories about comparing trauma, race, and activism. Congratulations to our winners and be sure to apply for our next contest for […]

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My Trauma’s Worse Than Yours

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During the summer before high school, most of my friends ghosted me. I wasn’t completely over being abandoned when I began 9th grade, but I became more observant of how people try to fit in among social groups. One day, in the cafeteria, I was trying to console a good friend who was going through […]

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The Good in Grieving

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When I was 5, I moved to Bangladesh from the U.S. This enabled me to spend more time with my grandparents: Abdur and Amena on my father’s side; Misbahul and Samsun on my mother’s. I loved and cherished my time with my grandparents. Samsun sat by her bed and gathered my cousins and me to […]

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Almost Derailed by the Pandemic

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Last year I was in the spring semester of my junior year at Queens College when COVID-19 shut school down. At first, I was excited that I wouldn’t have to wake up early for class anymore. Then I found out I was getting kicked out of the dorm—which was my home. For the past three […]

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