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Happy Being a B+ Student
It's OK not to be perfect
author image “I value my free time to do things I love,” says Grace. When that free time is compromised by the rigors of her junior year, she starts to stress out and her grades suffer.

“Did you know Lisa got a 97 average and her class rank is a 2?” my friend Kathy asked me. “Oh my gosh, that’s amazing!” I said excitedly. “Yeah, but she was crying because she isn’t ranked number one... [more]

Taking Care of Myself Taking Care of Myself
Plan B Was Plan A - Leaving My Toxic Home Behind - The Truth About Self Harm - Black Girl Magic - Finally Proud of My Body - PLUS: The Muslim Ban: Un-American
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How I Stopped Cutting The combined stress from home and school turns the writer to self-harm. Eventually she talks to her mom, who helps her develop strategies to help her break the dangerous habit. [more]
It Can Happen to Anyone After the writer’s mom gets involved in an abusive relationship, she takes a bold step and moves to Atlanta to live with her father to escape her toxic home life. [more]
Accidents Happen When the condom breaks during sex, the writer panics. But her boyfriend tells her about the morning after pill, which prevents pregnancy. Also: Emergency contraception explained. [more]
Telling Myself Who I Am With humor, the writer shares his emotional journey from "trying to be straight" and imitating how "real" boys act, to his coming out both to himself and his parents. [more]
Keeping Immigrants Out Isn’t the Key to Our Safety—Gun Control Is Melanie argues that gun control is the way to keep American's safe—not Trump's attempts to keep immigrants out of the country. [more]
The Muslim Ban Is Un-American "Not allowing people into our country who are in search of a better life, like my family, is inhumane," writes Melanie Mata, whose family immigrated from the Dominican Republic in the 1900s. [more]
Movie Review: <em>The Zookeeper’s Wife</em> Jose reviews the film, The Zookeeper's Wife, a true story about a Polish couple who saves over 300 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. [more]
Too Fat or Too Thin The writer's family consistently taunts her about her shape and eating habits. She summons the confidence to stand up to their negative talk. [more]
Six Weeks in Thailand When Brianna visits Khon Kaen through an intercultural exchange program, she learns to be more independent. “This trip helped me discover that despite my natural inclination to be shy, I am capable of doing courageous things.” [more]
Guys Have Body Issues, Too Yousef defies the stereotype that only women suffer from insecurities about their bodies. “I feel like no one realizes men can feel the same way,” he writes. [more]
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