Writing Class

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student “A book must be an axe for the frozen sea within us.”—Kafka I choose to ignore the world that is functioning, living, breathing, and growing around me. The news, the people, the school, the work, the sports—all of it. I choose to ignore it, to tell myself it doesn’t matter, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]