In Praise of Online Teen Zines

Gone are the days where our fingertips have felt the smoothness of glossy paper. Our noses no longer recognize the scent of fresh print. Eyes no longer skim through horoscopes and anonymous confessions–on paper, at least. For generations, print magazines have been safe spaces for many, teens especially. With the with the advancements of technology and our dependence on it, unless you’re a technology-hating purist … Continue reading In Praise of Online Teen Zines

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How To Deal With Anxiety During Exams

Exams are never fun. The atmosphere in the room, the pressure put on you by your school and yourself, the fear of failing or doing badly… They can all add up to create an extremely stressful time, for anyone. But something that makes it even worse is when you struggle with anxiety, like I do, among many other people. Having anxiety during exams means that … Continue reading How To Deal With Anxiety During Exams

Why You Should Be Allowed to Vote at 16 in the UK

In most of the UK, the voting age is 18, apart from in Scottish Parliament and local elections, where you can vote at 16. The Welsh Assembly is also considering allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections there, but in England, the government is continuing to keep the voting age at the legal age of adulthood – 18 years old. Personally, I believe that … Continue reading Why You Should Be Allowed to Vote at 16 in the UK

Should You Listen To Music While Studying?

When you’re a teenager, you probably don’t really like silence. The world is so full of noise that when that noise disappears, you don’t know what to do. You crave something to hear, and one of the first things a lot of us turn to is music, which can be helpful sometimes. But the thing is that sometimes you need the silence, and one of … Continue reading Should You Listen To Music While Studying?

#MarchForOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter – an OpED

Classes are resuming as American students return from a spring break consisting of weeks that have captured the nation’s attention – in two very, different ways – regarding the exact same issue: gun violence. On March 24th, 2018, members of Never Again MSD in coordination with Every Town for Gun Safety led the March of Our Lives rally in Washington, with young student activists leading … Continue reading #MarchForOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter – an OpED

School Uniforms Are Extremely Problematic And Restrictive

Here in England, most, if not all, of our high schools require school uniforms. Each school has particular colours that they class as “the school colours”, and our school uniforms are made up of them – my school’s colours are navy blue, black, grey and white. Most school uniforms include a blazer and/or a jumper, trousers or a skirt, a shirt and a tie. Now, … Continue reading School Uniforms Are Extremely Problematic And Restrictive

Breaking Stereotypes: I Am An Asian Teen With a Love For Theater

I am a 16-year-old Korean girl living in Seattle. Looking at my life, I’m in the type of circumstances that you might find amongst what society considers the “stereotypical Asians”. Let’s rewind for a second and take a look at the course of my life. I spent the last eight years of my life thinking about college. I spent a huge amount of my life … Continue reading Breaking Stereotypes: I Am An Asian Teen With a Love For Theater

The Dangerous Phenomenon Known As “Juuling”

After asking ten student’s at my own high school about their experience with “juuling,” all but one shared previous experiences of “juuling”, while six of the ten admitted to owning one of their own. For those unfamiliar with this up and coming sensation, the Juul is one of the many alternatives to e-cigarettes. Shaped and often confused for a USB flash drive, Buzzfeed News identifies … Continue reading The Dangerous Phenomenon Known As “Juuling”

Dress Code: Stop Blaming Girls, and Start Educating Boys

I will never forget the day where I was pulled out of class by my dean because my male teacher had decided that my shorts were too short. He later told me, “I don’t know how your parents let you out of the house looking like that.” In my own high school that promotes individuality, creativity, and self-reflection, I am not allowed to show my … Continue reading Dress Code: Stop Blaming Girls, and Start Educating Boys

She’s Dating the Gangster I

do you believe in the saying, “right person wrong time”? a friend of mine told me a story of how her grandparents dated in high school broke up, hated each other, and never spoke again but 13 years later, they met again at a movie theatre fell in love, and created something beautiful I used to believe that if it was the right person then … Continue reading She’s Dating the Gangster I

R&B

you played me to your favorite frank ocean song killed my softly to dvsn destroyed my soul to post malone i can’t listen to H.E.R. anymore because all that I can think about is “her” how i’m never going to be “her” you said that being with me was the happiest you’ve been so why did you throw it all away? we shouldn’t have tried … Continue reading R&B

The Drama of the Fakeness Within Teen Television

The terrible trauma of teenage tenacity is a moment that those who go beyond it hope to never live again. Overheated hormones, untreatable acne, and tepid academic inculcations – on paper the horrors of adolescence seem to have stepped out of an Edgar Allen Poe story. However, teen dramas created to depict the constant crises of youth have been on the rise ever since the … Continue reading The Drama of the Fakeness Within Teen Television

Rivlose Shares What It’s Like to be a Young DJ & Producer

  Carlos Rivera, known as Rivlose in most circles, is a teenage DJ from Miami. I met up with him and got to know the ins and outs of his life as a young artist.   How long have you been DJing?   I started producing like two years ago and DJing about a year and a half ago.   So, you’ve spun at a … Continue reading Rivlose Shares What It’s Like to be a Young DJ & Producer