Self-Commitment

By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student As the wise and genuine Mister Rogers once said, “You don’t have to do anything sensational for people to love you.” Be who you are and ignore anyone who expresses disapproval of your being. Grand gestures aren’t necessary to keep people in your life, nor should they be the sole […]

Things To Remember, Going Into Middle School

By Summer Steinert, TIWP Student 1. Don’t take things so seriously. Part of this is to remember to not overthink. I remember going into Middle School, I would overthink so many things about myself and other people. It’s important to sit back and relax and remember that 99% of the things that you worry about […]

Quiet

By Libby Hawkins, TIWP Student “You are so shy. You are too quiet.” Maybe being quiet means I’m trying to be at peace with myself. Maybe it means I don’t feel I need other’s approval. Maybe being shy means I like my own presence. Maybe it means I don’t feel like I need to put […]

To the Woman Who Will Fall in Love With Me

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student I am not a gentle soul. I am not the field of flowers, but the skittering bugs and wild songbirds surrounding it. I am not a tranquil sea, quiet and deep, but the raging waves miles above the sand. I am not a jar of iced tea on the porch […]

How To Be Successful

By Hannah Simmonds, TIWP Student Is it the money, the education, the houses, the cars or the expensive jewelry? Or is it the joy, the wide open spaces, the faded blue jeans, laughing children and love? Why has America painted a picture of success and happiness as money and a full time job and a […]

Knowing Your Power

By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student Look at her. So bright, so creative, so unaware. She will change the world, but she doesn’t know it yet. She only hears her parent’s criticism. She only sees her classmate’s rude stares. She is not aware of the power she holds. She radiates energy and light when she walks […]

Awkward

By Lizzie Arroyo, TIWP Student I’m probably the most socially awkward person you’ll ever meet. And not like the cute socially awkward where your voice goes a little high-pitched and childish, and your smile’s all demure, and it doesn’t make people feel uncomfortable. No, my awkwardness is professional. My voice goes into a monotone, I […]

Anger

By Lucy Terhar, TIWP Student Anger. Where does anger come from? It never starts off as anger. It comes from somewhere. It comes from something or someone that makes you upset or annoyed. It might be a mask to cover up sadness. It could be a reflex to protect yourself from being hurt because you […]

Love Yourself

By Amy, Age 14, TIWP Student Look at her. Her hair, her nails, her skin, her style – everything about her is flawless. She could pull off any look. You could never be like her. You try, but you try too hard, it backfires, and then you care too little. While she’s still there, perfect […]

The Fridge

By Bella Temkin, TIWP Student “Your innocent understanding of the world moves toward something messier and more complicated, and once it does, you can never go back…” — Khaled Hosseini When I was young, my eyes were strangers compared to the ones I cradle now. They saw things with more hope. I believe that’s the […]