From Putrid to Proud

The Charles River has been a popular tourist spot in Boston for years, decades, even centuries. But for most of its existence after Boston’s founding, the Charles River has been dangerous and polluted. Even after a large movement to clean the river helped clear out…

Ditching Homesickness

As recent grads are feverishly packing to move into their new college dorms, a common fear that unites them all is impending homesickness. Homesickness, or culture shock, is something nothing can prepare you for. The reason is that it’s almost impossible to pinpoint one thing…

Madeline’s Five Steps to Being Your Own Health Advocate

Meeting with your health care provider can be scary! In their sterile offices while dawning their crisp white coats and shiny stethoscopes, they can seem intimidating. As a teen, it’s easy to feel like your voice doesn’t matter when you’re conversing with someone older and…

The Price of Life

For many people, allergies only represent a mild seasonal annoyance. But 1 in 50 Americans experiences life-threatening allergic reactions. I’m one of them.  I had thought that I was allergic to certain foods for years before I had taken any sort of allergy test. Once…

Learning through Tutoring

In school, there are certain things I like to think I’m good at: Chemistry, English, Math, etc. But believe me, Latin is not one of them. If I had a penny for every time I got my ablatives mixed with my datives or my passives…

If you can do it, so can I

Imagine waking up and being congratulated for drinking your morning coffee. Sounds weird right? Well this is something that has become all too familiar for people with disabilities. Recently, I watched Stella Young’s TED Talk in which she reflects on how disabled people are objectified…

 The Balloon Lockdown

“Attention all students and faculty, the school is now entering safe mode due to an external threat.” My heart drops. Surely this is has to be a drill. My only choice is to swallow fear, follow orders, and proceed to the nearest classroom. Rumors fly….

Introducing Owen

Hello everyone! My name is Owen and I’m from Boston, Massachusetts. I’m 16 years old and I’m a sophomore in high school where I’m on the rowing team. In school I enjoy Latin, Chemistry and Psychology. After high school I’m hoping to become a doctor…