It’s Time to Talk: Periods

Published Avatar Courtney Young

Avatar Courtney Young
Member since April 9, 2015
  • 7 Posts
  • Age 24

I am coming to you live from…my bathroom. Because this week, I want to talk about periods. Yep, I said it. Period. Menstruation. Mother Nature’s monthly gift. Aunt Flo. That time of the month. I want to talk about the shame we feel having to buy incredibly expensive products every month in order to keep ourselves “clean” down there. Ladies you know the feeling, the embarrassment we feel putting a box of tampons or pads (or both) up on the register, seemingly proclaimi...

Of Islam, Mohammed and Sabera Khala

Published Avatar Bhavana

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Member since April 1, 2015
  • 7 Posts
  • Age 23

My mother often said, "God can't change your diapers so he made parents. And some parents need help, so he made Ayahs!". The ayah (children's nurse) who practically raised me, I knew her as Sabera Khala. I remember watching her through that half closed door. Every day at five she tied her hijab (scarf covering the head and neck) kneeled on that frayed old mat. Her white saree in folds and her hands held up in prayer. She humoured me sometimes when I decided to tie a scarf around my head a...

Rebuilding Education After Ebola

Published Avatar Plan International

Avatar Plan International
Member since March 17, 2015
  • 22 Posts

Posted by Kamanda, Global Youth Advisory Panel Ambassador, Sierra Leone 18 May 2015: After a long monotonous nine months without attending school, children were finally able to go back when schools reopened in Sierra Leone on 14 March, 2015. Many children were happy to be back to school but there were some who did not go back. Some parents are saying they will not send their children to school any longer because Ebola is still in our environment. Many have no way to generate in...

Economics and its relevance

Published no picture Raymond Opoku

no picture Raymond Opoku
Member since May 23, 2015
  • 1 Post

A famous British economist Alfred Marshall wrote: “Economics is the study of mankind in the ordinary business life”. You will find that an economics major prepares you for many careers, because it offers a clear, concise and rigorous way of thinking about the ordinary business life. Job recruiters and graduate admissions committees are favorably inclined towards majors. In choosing a major, you should consider several important and related questions. First, what profession(s)...

Social Norms: A Thought Splurge

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Noor Samee
Member since April 19, 2015
  • 6 Posts
  • Age 15

Like most children, I spent my childhood as a socratic conformist. I questioned social norms, but internalized society’s ageist degradation and made no actions against the norms. I remember challenging every post-sneeze, “Bless you”, and questioning “good”’s involuntary validation for “how are you?”. I remember envying my brother’s action figures’ infinitely flexible limb sockets, and wondering why every song was about love. As I grew older, and gained confi...

What Light Can Teach Us

Published no picture Pia Fleig

no picture Pia Fleig
Member since December 23, 2014
  • 5 Posts

Imagine you are in a spacecraft, you know, one of those fancy white ones with triangular shaped wings and tinted windows. You are flying high above the earth and probably have just brewed your coffee. It tastes pretty different since your taste buds have changed in outer space. When you accidently let go off it, the cup turns faster than the brownish creamy fluid in it, but you can catch it easily. You have a day ahead that will be filled with experiments, but for now you sit w...

Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen

Published no picture Student at University of California, Los Angeles, Sadegh Atlasi

no picture Student at University of California, Los Angeles
Sadegh Atlasi
Member since May 6, 2015
  • 1 Post
  • Age 22

There are many conflicts and problems occurring around the world on a daily basis, which require our attention. The disastrous humanitarian situation in Yemen is among the problems that humanity is facing. There is a very destructive and unpleasant situation happening in Yemen, where civilians are stuck in the country without any organized help or support. The bombardment of Yemen by Saudi Arabia for the purpose of limiting the Houthi rebels has cost many lives. Yemen is the po...

Down by the river

Published Avatar Mr, unlimited mind

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unlimited mind
Member since May 24, 2015
  • 1 Post
  • Age 24

Down by the river I’m just down by the river waiting for you. I’m where you left me Waiting for you, cause I have a lot in mind, questions that are looking for answers. My whole life I’ve been waiting And I’m watching days turn into years… for stories never heard by any. I’m still at the very same place waiting for you, just down by the river where you left me. I’m standing by the river made of tears, busy questioning myself about things I won’t even get an...

It Is the Same Sunset

Published Avatar Mr., Ala Oueslati

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Ala Oueslati
Member since April 10, 2015
  • 5 Posts
  • Age 23

I had to put my camera down and surrender to the scene, my toes digging into the sandy dirt, saltwater splashing at my ankles, my eyes burning because of the warm salty breezes and the lack of sleep. I enjoyed standing there. I enjoyed squinting towards the horizon, which at that moment was a chain of mountains and hills on which I could see some white-washed buildings. I couldn’t tell if the Israeli side was prettier than the Jordanian’s, but all I could tell was that both s...

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