Teen Stories

Creating Who I Want To Be

My mom always told me I can be whoever I want to be when I get older. However, ever since I was little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a superstar. In whatever shape or form that entailed, I knew I needed to be offering inspiration and entertainment to the world. My journey

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Life Lessons

Part 1 I’ve been working at Maru-a-Pula School in Gaborone, Botswana (right above South Africa) since January.  Amidst what’s been a tremendously positive experience, a part of my work is less fulfilling than others. Often times, being a teacher aide, I’ll be given information to organize in a spreadsheet or letters to write and deliver

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An Unexpected Friendship

I walk into the room.  The air is thick and my heart is beating extremely fast. Today is the day we find out.  After all the gifts are given and speeches are made, the long awaited announcement is here. I want it so badly, probably more than I want anything in my life. It would

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Quiet Lesson From Unwarranted Stress

  I wrote this post for my blog after being excluded from my senior homecoming, feeling overwhelming stress, and judging myself for it. inspirED has given me the tools to deal with my stress, rather than judging myself for stressing. Have you ever had something linger in your mind, that you know is not worth stressing

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Facing My Own Worst Critic

  I wrote this post for my blog when self-bullying became dangerous. Then – it got published on MTV! The responses I got were overwhelming – countless students relate to self-bullying after performing poorly on tests, to falling victim to the imposter syndrome This is exactly where inspirED comes in. inspirED is the tool to help

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Welcome

At the age of 21, I’ve been in school for the majority of my life. Every single time I’m reconnected with friends and family that I haven’t seen in a while, one of the first questions I’m asked is “how is school going?” Almost every single time I automatically respond, “It’s going well,” even when

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Photographic Freedom

Not much compares to capturing nature’s beauty with the backdrop of a sunset, having individual rays of sunlight peek through the clouds to further illuminate the setting’s overall ambiance.  I’m Catherine Napolitano, an 18-year-old from Lincoln, Nebraska, and photography is my escape.  Nebraska, albeit not the most awe-inspiring state, is a state with endless natural

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