Walking Into Depression

“This story is about a girl who was living a normal life when things all of a sudden went the other way. Most of us were living a normal life before the pandemic started. Quarantine has affected everyone at least one way. It doesn’t matter if it was in a positive or negative way.”

I Have Grown Up Enough

“I wrote this piece the morning of Thursday January 7th in processing my feelings on Wednesday January 6th’s terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol. I was missing my deceased grandfather extra this week, as I reflected on the legacy he helped shaped for the United States, and how I was watching it crumble before my eyes. The title of this piece was inspired by a poem we read in one of my writing classes this week, called Silhouette by Janice Lobo Sapigao, that we were asked to do a free write response to. This is the result, written in that 7 minute period.”

The Power of Words

“I wrote a poem about mental health stigma. It talks about the words one might use and not realize that they could affect someone going through a mental health condition. I created this poem to provide awareness for mental health stigma and how to end it. I learned multiple words that can affect someone going through a mental health condition, some of which I had previously used myself.”

The Caped Crusader

“The poem highlights the story of one of our favorite childhood superheroes in a way that it often does not get told. It overall exemplifies his path for attaining justice not only for himself but for many citizens of his city which, to be fair, is an all too common route taken but it is a bit different when it comes to this specific hero. His story has a more dark and gruesome take to it and is far far deeper than most people who simply watched the movies have come to known. Aside from that is a story that often inspires people to live their most justice and honest life.”

R.B.G. We Miss You

“I wrote a poem about the feelings I felt when I learned of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing. These emotions overwhelmed me and even scared me, but they inspire me to live my life with the spirit of Ruth Bader Ginsburg inside of me. I chose to write about this category because Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always been a big role model in my life and all of her work inspires me to fight for what I believe in. She was a pioneer for many women in politics and wasn’t afraid to stand up to her male counterparts when she felt it was necessary. She believed in equality and that no one should be judged on their ability to complete a job by their sex. I plan on living my life with the courage and strength of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and passing on her work and morals for generations to come.”


“My poem has been a reflection of the events of this tumultuous year. More than a reflection, it entails the observations and conclusions that I have come to thanks to my time spent pondering about my future, especially with mounting academic and social pressure. I believed that it will assist in so many mental health issues we see today if people just viewed life differently. It is some advice that I wish I had known sooner because coming to terms with it helped me understand my goals in life and what I wanted out of it.”

This is 2020

“The piece I wrote explores the events that occur in 2020 and justice-or the lackthereof. Every human being in the year 2020 has felt the wide effects of injusticeand hopelessness, and I wanted to write something that I can look back on ifever we do move forward from 2020.”

In Times Like These

“I wrote this poem trying to process the emotions I felt as an African American woman after the death of George Floyd. It details my grief process, and the little ways there is to find hope within the horrors facing my community every day. But the ending message of living your life to honor those who are no longer with us seemed more hopeful, so I entered it in that category.”

The Art of Gratitude Essay

When was the last time you went beyond saying “thank you” and did something toactually express your appreciation? In the dictionary, the word “gratitude” is defined as thequality of being thankful and one’s eagerness to express their appreciation, but I think it ismuch more than that. Gratitude means paying it forward, especially for the people The Art of Gratitude Essay

This is 2020

Every human being in the year 2020 has felt the wide effects of injustice and hopelessness, and I wanted to write something that I can look look back on if ever we do move forward from 2020.