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It’s no secret that the U.S. education system is fundamentally flawed in more ways than I can write in one or even thousands of columns. From our shameful teacher salaries to our overwhelming need to put kids into boxes and reduce them to numbers based on standardized test scores, the U.S. has a lot of work to do. Besides our overemphasis on testing, there are other aspects of the curriculum that we fail to recognize...

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This week, I set out to prove people wrong about our generation. I went the whole week without using any social media, including Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the intention of getting through it with ease. I thought I was going to realize how little I really needed it and how older generations are wrong when they say we’re “zombies” or “glued to our phones.” Needless to say, this isn’t exactly how it went....

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This week, I decided to try something new, again. As a meat eater my entire life, I became vegetarian for a week. I went seven days refraining from eating meat for the first time in my life, and guess what? It really wasn’t that hard. I have always wanted to be vegetarian but had never given myself the chance. I always made excuses, as many of us do. I hear from a lot from people...

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OpinionTake a chill pill

October 4, 201891 min

My mom just congratulated me for having my first meltdown of the year in late September, and I was even a little bit excited for myself. I was like, huh, I have gotten almost a month and a half in and I am just now getting stressed enough to cry about it. Good for me! Granted, last year at this time, I was a mess of a first-year with a twitchy eyelid because I refused...

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Let me start by clarifying something: I’m a worrier. The sky is blue, my name is Natalia, and I’m always worried about something. I spend a lot of mental energy worrying about things that are dumb, really, and because I always thought about this ongoing stress as a personality trait, I never took steps to make it better. This week, I tried to change that. I challenged myself to try and actually calm down. Shocking,...

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On Aug. 18, 2017, I walked out of my house at 4 a.m. with all my things packed in my dad’s car and jokingly saying goodbye to all the objects I saw around me. “Goodbye chair, goodbye bed, goodbye lamp, goodbye door.” I felt the obligation to be as annoying and over-dramatic as I possibly could because my parents were officially becoming empty nesters. I took that opportunity and milked it for all it was...