Pressure: A Reflection on Mental Health Among Youth

Featured Artwork: Brogan Honor Today’s youth is often subjected to unachievable standards and guidelines. Although well-wishers, parents can often enforce feelings of anxiety when they make their children conform to their standards of success. In a study of 800 families, 56% of parents’ definition of success included their children entering a prestigious university and pursuing…

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Every Man Can Be Superman

Featured Artwork: Levi Hastings You sit in a full movie theater on a Friday night when the buzz of excited energy runs rampant throughout the venue. Tonight, the most talked-about action film of the year is releasing — maybe something along the lines of a quality Superman reboot (with emphasis on quality). The film lives…

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Shattered Mirror

Featured Artwork: Lesi Johnson Dear mom, There are so many things I’ve wanted to tell you, but I’ve never made the time or found the strength. So many unsent texts, times I’ve walked away from your closed bedroom door, calls cut short because of an impending errand. Now, I’ve but two weeks left with you…

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Do You Feel As Good As You Look?

Featured Artwork: Rocco Baviera A Short Story About Fashion and Homelessness It was a few days before my 25th birthday and I decided to have my party early because all my friends were going to be with their families for Thanksgiving. It was an unusually cold November night; in fact, it was November 16th, 2013,…

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A Heartbreaking Experience

Featured Image: Markus Spiske It was just another typical autumn day in Arkansas. Autumn is arguably the most beautiful season in “The Natural State.” The overabundance of nature, coupled with the cleanliness of the Northwest portion, leaves one in awe of their surroundings. Trees of all sizes and shapes shed leaves of all hues and…

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I Mean No Disrespect

Featured Image: Adrian McDonald “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.” –Whitney Houston When you grow up being told that you should appreciate your young life, and that you have the time to live like you’re seven years…

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The Idea of Separation

I hope marriage never takes the life out of my eyes like it did my mother, and my grandmother, or her mother before her I never want the words “I do” to put celestial shackles on my wrists and ankles, confining me to my own otherworldly hell Because so many young women want a wedding…

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