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    Small Gestures

    As some of you may know, I work in a bookstore. I love it there, and recently something kept happening that I thought would be worthy of attention. I’m not sure how common it is now (I haven’t come across any), but a few weeks ago we kept finding surprises inside different books. This included a $5 note with a piece…

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    An Introvert’s Party Survival Guide

    I’ve been told, “I bet you’re fun at parties,” a lot, especially given I’m only 16 years old. This has been said to me sarcastically, of course. Everybody who’s said that is right; there’s something about sharing fun facts and puns and your opinions on important human rights issues that, for some reason, doesn’t transfer too well to certain atmospheres.…

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    So, How Does a Mortgage Work Anyway?

    Seriously. I don’t actually know how a mortgage works. All I know is that when you buy a house, you get this thing called a mortgage, and you spend a decent amount of your life trying to pay it off (which, honestly, sounds like a nightmare to me). But before anyone tries to correct me or educate me on how…

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    All Girls Together

    Can we talk about girl power for a second? I know you all know the usual spiel, and I’m going to be using the female pronouns here, but this is for any and all girls out there. So let’s recap. The definition of “girl power”: Girls can do anything boys can do, girls are just as strong, just as tough,…

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    She Conquers

    “I’d rather take coffee than compliments right now.” —Little Women Over the course of seven seasons, the world got to know Rory Gilmore for her sharp wit, her quick tongue, and her obsession with coffee. Throughout this time, Rory graduated high school and college, keeping her own dreams without needing the approval or compliment from those she met along the…

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    Healing

    People would often tell me how awesome it is that I overcame so much at a young age—from abuse, intimidating cops, bullying at school, discrimination, sexual assault, being stalked, falsely accused, and so much more. Unfortunately, I am not as strong as everyone makes me out to be. Particularly, the falsely accused event was the worst because it came from…

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    Unmasked

    “All falsehood is a mask; and however well made the mask may be, with a little attention we may always succeed in distinguishing it from the true face.” —The Three Musketeers Stepping out into society, we become the precise people we want the world to see. We all disguise our true selves with masks of our own making. Yet, the…

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    Dill You Go Out with Me?

    In To Kill a Mockingbird, Dill and Boo Radley have quite the love/hate relationship. Dill wants nothing more than to get Boo Radley to come out of the house, and — spoiler alert — it’s gonna take a heck of a lot for Boo to ditch his sweet digs. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I want nothing more…