“Sustainable Sundays”: An Intro to the Project

It's a little embarrassing, but I'll admit it: I've never been someone who's thought a ton about my personal impact on the environment. I've always recycled, but beyond that, I haven't put a lot of conscious effort into making choices that are good for the earth. (Not to say that I exclusively buy styrofoam or…

An Ugly Duckling’s Thoughts on Now Possibly Being a Swan?

Sometimes, people tell me I’m pretty. A few times, I’ve had people (other than my mom) tell me I’m beautiful. One time, I was even called hot. But these kinds of compliments are something that I often fail to internalize and accept as truth—not that that’s always a bad thing. I’m not someone who wants…

BOOK REVIEW: The Importance of “Doing It!” for American Adolescents

If we’re completely honest with ourselves, health classes in the United States are a mess. There are no set requirements for curriculum at the federal or state level, which leads to wild variations in the health education kids receive—while students in New York State may be watching graphic slideshows on STDs, students in Indiana may…