The Revolution

Discovering “Who You Are”; Teen Answers Pressing Question With “I Don’t Know” And An All Too Apathetic Attitude

Julia Harrison, Opinion Editor

May 21, 2015

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines high school as “a greasy mosh pit full of angry social outcasts with very little in common except for their competitive nature and their eagerness to destroy.” I personally find this definition dramatic and slightly out of touch, as high school culture is constantly...

Dawson’s Bleak; Teen Girl Discovers Negative Effects of ‘90’s Melodrama On Her Mental Health

Julia Harrison, Opinion Editor

April 3, 2015

Summer of 2014: I lie entirely immobile, maybe paralyzed but too lazy to check, in a bed of unwashed sheets littered with the crumbs of dozens of NutriGrain bars. Something rustles and squeaks beneath the piles of clothes and candy wrappers. What might be maggots scurry across a plate encrusted with ...

Thirty, Flirty & Crash Diving Into A First Date

Julia Harrison, Opinion Editor

February 5, 2015

My friends and I walk through the streets of Staunton in Patagonia vests, knitted scarves, gloves and headbands, fighting the bitter cold and complaining about how windy it is, reapplying Burt’s Bees or Vaseline or those weird egg-chapsticks every five minutes. We drop into a vintage store where...

Listen Deliberately

Julia Harrison, Editorials Editor

November 13, 2014

I’ve skipped school (sorry, Ms. Grimm), as I always do for too many days in October, to spend a day wandering through the woods. The walk began with my changing Spotify playlists four different times from “Deep Focus” to “Autumn Acoustic” to “Afternoon Acoustic” to eventually “calmin...

Open-Faced Sandwiches: Can One Slice of Bread Make All the Difference?

Julia Harrison, Opinion Editor

October 10, 2014

Open-faced sandwiches are impractical and weird-looking and kind of an obnoxious thing, really, like J-Woww’s boob job or studded heels or that wart on your thumb. But more disturbing than the sandwich itself,are the kind of people that get open-faced sandwiches! Here you are, unwillingly sittin...

Bloom Where You Are Planted or Planting Blooms: Metaphorical Horticulture for the Young Adult

Julia Harrison, Copy Editor

May 14, 2014

An unexpected fire drill around noon on a Tuesday. I was searching for my somehow lost backpack in the library when the bell rang and I was shuffled out to the student parking lot. The teachers screamed repeatedly, and in vain, “off the pavement!” I hummed “Burnin’ Up” to myself and kicked...

Embracing Our Stupidest Years: Ignorance Is Bliss, and Boy, Are We Ignorant!

Julia Harrison, Copy Editor

March 27, 2014

A Ke$ha song from 2010 plays on the radio so loud it shakes the beige Honda Civic filled with over-caffeinated high school girls that I find myself crushed into. It is 12 a.m. as my friends and I pull into the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. For a brief moment before I order six “whatever-donuts,” I...

How Adolescent Depression Is Like That Person You Aren’t Really Into Anymore

Julia Harrison, Copy Editor

February 27, 2014

Your iPhone chirps and you look down to find yourself staring at a text from That Person You Aren’t Really Into Anymore, “r we still on 4 2nite???” You recall when you were young and naive (about a month ago) and you paid no attention to the way That Person You Used To Be Sort-Of Into texted like...

“Sociopath, Mouth-Breather, Misogynist,” How Generalizations Hurt Us In More Ways Than One

Julia Harrison, Copy Editor

December 19, 2013

Thrown into a fluorescently-lit, carpeted conference room packed with other confused and socially traumatized adolescents, I am asked to sit down and begin working on my first assignment at the writing convention I was so eager to attend until this moment, “Describe yourself in six words.” Pencils...

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