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You Have to Learn

Photo of a desk facing the front of a classroom. Photo courtesy of Teens in Print.

Just do it, regret it later!

Photo of the author holding up a debate trophy after a long day of competing. Photo courtesy of the author.

Don’t stop believing in yourself no matter what happens

A physical copy of the album "Map of the Soul: 7" by BTS and an iPhone on top of it playing one of the album's songs. Photo courtesy of the author.

Fitting into a stereotype doesn’t make me the stereotype

Photo of an artificial rose surrounded by white flowers on a table. Photo courtesy of the author.

Odd one out

Family photo of the author with his arms wrapped around both his mothers. Photo courtesy of the author.

Is Blood Always Thicker Than Water?

Photo of the author and her grandfather standing in front of her birthday cake. Photo courtesy of the author.

Living with no regrets

Photo of a person snowboarding down the side of a mountain. Photo courtesy of Visit Almaty on Unsplash.

Snowboarding and Patience

Photo of the author's paint supplies. Photo courtesy of the author.

Art changed my life

Photo of the author's soccer team called the Blue Devils. Photo courtesy of the author.

I’m awful at soccer and I’m okay with that

Photo of the author at a younger age. Photo courtesy of the author.

Becoming who I am

Two wooden mannequins standing in front of each other, the one on the left has its hands on the other's face. Photo courtesy of Charl Folscher on Unsplash.

A Pointless Argument

Photo of a laptops web browser on YouTube watching a video created by RDCworld1 titled "Anime House 5." Photo courtesy of the author.

Real Dreamers Change The World

A meme created by the author with two rows and four columns — the first a photo of Drake holding his hand out to reject something, the second Drake holding his hand out to welcome it. The first photo corresponds to the caption, "Blame all Christians, Jews, etc. for crimes committed by that specific group of people." The second photo corresponds to the caption, "Blame all Muslims for crimes committed by specific Muslim-identifying people."

All Muslims are (not) terrorists

Photo of the author, her sibling, and her grandmother. Photo courtesy of the author.

A tough weekend in July

Black and white photo edit of a computer resting on the author's bed, with a print of the devil hugging someone on top of it. Photo and edit by the author.

Chi Chi Em Em

A photo of a grey pitbull sleeping on a couch under a blanket. Photo courtesy of Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.

Self-care or laziness?

A meme of a person crying while looking in the mirror, with a thought bubble that says, "Why can't I do anything right? I'm just being selfish."

The struggle of having an anxiety disorder

An inspirational drawing about the author's journey and personal growth, created by the author.

The untold story

A meme of SpongeBob Squarepants sitting alone in a booth at a diner, looking discouraged. The top line reads, "do you even know how to talk?" and the bottom reads, "*thinks of a cool comeback for this rude comment from a person I barely know." Meme by the author.

In a world designed for extroverts, introverts can still win

A photo of the author in their hijab, also wearing over-ear headphones. Photo taken by the author.

Growing up as a Muslim girl in America

The author's Taekwondo uniform, red belt with a black stripe, trophy, and broken wooden board. Photo taken by the author.

Taekwondo changed my life

Photo of the author as a young child and her younger brother amongst twinkling lights. Photo courtesy of the author.


Black and white photo of a person sitting on a bench overlooking the Charles River. Photo taken by the author.

My past doesn't define me

Drawing of a person from the neck up with tears on their cheeks. Drawing by the author.

Growing pains

A drawing about social media's impact on society. Drawing by the author.

Social media's impact

Black and white photo of a sinking ship on still water. Photo courtesy of Alwi Alaydrus on Unsplash.

Living with anxiety

Black and white photo of the author from behind, wearing a ponytail and a backpack. Photo courtesy of the author.

Just another obstacle

A person struggling with anxiety. Photo courtesy of Uday Mittal on Unsplash.

Holding ourselves together

Speech bubble made of yellow paper. Photo courtesy of Volodymyr Hyrshchenko on Unsplash.


The author and their friends' sneakers in a circle together. Photo taken by the author.

You've got a friend in me

Hands dipping a brush into cups of paint. Photo courtesy of Russn F on Unsplash.

Overanalyzing my life

A person standing alone in front of a city bridge in the dark and rain. Photo courtesy of Josh Hild on Pexels.

The ghost in the background

An empty study room in the author's local library. Photo taken by the author.

The importance of my library

Photo of a green, fenced-in garden. Photo taken by the author.

Those who dream of gardens must sometimes let themselves wilt

Six Black women wearing different styles of clothing leaning on a white brick wall. Photo courtesy of Clarke Sanders on Unsplash.

Adults, lay off the judgement over what girls wear

A green monstera plant with "My existence is a paradox" stretching above it. The plant is also surrounded by other labels on tags such as "Virgo," "INTJ," "Prepared," and "loud & boisterous & outgoing." Edit created by the author.

Why personality tests are a hoax, as explained by an "INTJ"

Neon sign in a window that reads "life is now." Photo courtesy of Elina Fairytale on Pexels.

Goals are overrated

Screenshot of a text from the author that reads, "nah no boba, afterschool I'm hitting the gym again." Photo courtesy of the author.

Duality of Selfishness

The motion of book pages turning. Photo taken by the author.

Learning and its importance

A painted mural of outstretched hands. Photo courtesy of Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.

COVID-19 taught me how to “do me.”

The author. Photo courtesy of Christian Klipert.

People need to realize the impact of their assumptions

A graphic of several women with different skin tones. Image courtesy of Coffee Bean on Pixabay.

Brown or Black — You Decide

A collage of text messages the author has received questioning her Hispanic identity. Graphic by Maria O'Malley.

'Not being Hispanic enough'

An illustration of two figures, with one telling the other that, "You can do anything you want." ILlustration by Xochitl Tai-Dawson.

Finding the one teacher that understands you can change your life

A pile of polaroids featuring the author and various experiences she's had. Photo by Kasandra Wilcox.


A meme image of Spongebob looking disapprovingly at a piece of paper. The paper is captioned "You need to take breaks." Meme by Justis Porter.

Why I appreciate having a busy schedule

A meme image of Kermit the Frog looking out a rainy window with the caption "when bat disease." Meme by Carson Chu.

COVID-19: A tragedy

A collage of photos showing off the author's new hobbies including painting and inline skating. Photos by Bethany Soto.

COVID-19; Finding Myself

A collage of photos of the author with a rainbow pride flag. Collage by Maria O'Malley.

Coming out to religious parents