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Walking the path less traveled

Erica Zhang

I’ve always been someone who takes control of my own life. At the age of 14, I started to learn French by myself because I wanted to travel more broadly and understand different cultures.

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The Many Plans of Colleges in America, 2020

Luca Broder

When I realized that Covid might not have only spoiled my senior year of high school, but my freshman year of college, I was overcome with anxiety and concern. I could feel this thing that I had worked so hard for and was so close to, get taken away with each new story of skyrocketing cases.

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Frederick Douglass, Just Mercy, and The Hate You Give: A Roadmap to America Today

Luca Broder

In late May, after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, protests and riots erupted in the United States, and eventually around the world.

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Voices in my Head: The Pleasures of a Podcast

Luca Broder

A life without podcasts would be quite an empty existence! The truth is I fill every little gap in the day with a podcast.

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Investigative Journalism Contest for Chinese Students

Luca Broder

Organized by the Journalism Education Association (JEA), the China Youth Observation Contest “aims to encourage students to carry out surveys and researches in the society, to obtain valuable and in-depth findings, and make their voices heard.”

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Congratulations, Flora Zhai, on Your Scholastic Writing Award!

Luca Broder

This past fall Writer’s Desk student Flora Zhai was honored with a Scholastic Writing Award. A high school sophomore, Flora was one of a small number of students who won a Silver Key in the Personal Essay and Memoir category for her story “The Hungry Nation.”

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National Poetry Month

Luca Broder

It’s National Poetry Month! To be honest, when I use the word poetry, it’s usually not with an exclamation point.

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Remote Learning

Luca Broder

In the last week, my school announced that for the foreseeable future, classes will be conducted remotely, over video conferencing software.

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Nail the Details: The Grammar and Punctuation Treasure Trove That Is the Internet

Luca Broder

It’s midnight. My paper is due in the morning. I’ve researched, outlined, written, and revised it. Now I want to refine my sentences and perfect the grammar.

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Book of the Month: Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Luca Broder

At first I hated Beloved. The book was an unrelenting slog. A blurry, never-ending march forward without a clear purpose.

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