Students from coalitions and youth groups all over Massachusetts recently gathered at the State House to speak to representatives about Governor Deval Patrick’s new tax plan, which will help fund crucial sectors that affect young people, such as education and transportation. A dozen youth from the Boston Student Advisory Council came out to lobby for raising revenue through fair taxation that asks the rich to pay a little more. Some students spoke about how a lot of teenagers have to go to work but don’t have the money to get on the bus. It’s ridiculous for young people to be unable to afford to take the bus when their jobs help their families pay for bills at the end of the month. BSAC shared stories about how supporting the plan will benefit schools that lack funding and people with special needs, and how it is essential to us as students.
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School
Overachievement: an overreaction?
Alex Kabengele, 19, from Community Academy of Science and Health, says that he is a big overachiever. “I won’t settle for less and I always try and do my best no matter what,” he says. “Overachieving can never be bad. To be successful, you need to overachieve.” Not so fast, says the blog dianesmusings.com. “Pushing ourselves beyond the point of exhaustion, or to the exclusion of important people in our lives, robs us of true and meaningful joy,” writes psychologist Diane Mickelson. Mimi Ha, 18, from CASH, says that she doesn’t let things bother her too much. “I do my work,” says Ha, “but I don’t let it take over my life.” Xena Joseph, a freshman at CASH, agrees that being an overachiever can be harmful. “I am definitely not an overachiever,” says Joseph. “It’s way too stressful to be thinking about school work all day, every day.”
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Numerous immigrant students face obstacles when they come to the United States. Language is one problem, financial aid another. Are parents another reason for these struggles? The reason why is a lack of communication they have with their kids about college. Many did not make it to college themselves. Now, their kids might not have the motivation to continue their educations. Also, if your parents came to this country illegally, borrowing money for school is a problem. The lack of funds limits teens’ chances of choosing the best college. There is nothing wrong with a community college, but going there wouldn’t give you the same opportunities as a four-year school. Part of the challenge is to teach parents what their sons and daughters will be facing in their transitions to college.
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Senior year, the most hectic time of high school. Most students say that senioritis sets in at the beginning and middle of the year. What exactly is senioritis? Many students become lazy or start to think that there is no point in doing work for a class they don’t need to graduate. Others say they no longer have the motivation to attempt homework. When it comes to classwork, it won’t be done with the best effort. Even showing up to school becomes a problem. When it comes to senioritis, students are no longer worried about the educational part of school. Instead, they are looking forward to prom and graduation.
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Cover Story
Hijab: Why I wear it
I wear my head scarf because I was told to by my religion. I believe in my religion so I believe in my head scarf, my hijab. My religion says the head scarf keeps a woman modest and doesn’t reveal her hair. So when people like a Muslim woman, they don’t like her for her beauty; they like her for her personality. I do believe this, and this does happen. I have a lot of friends who like me for me. They don’t care if I’m not wearing what they are wearing. They like me for who I am and how I act. In a way, the head scarf protects me from ignorant people and helps them not get close to me. I’ve met a few people in my life who have treated me differently because of what I wear and what I believe. They’d say, “Oh, if I was you, I would just take it off. It’s ugly.” But I really didn’t care because i wasn’t close with them. i realize not everyone is understanding. Many people think I would hate wearing my hijab -- but they’re wrong. I am actually grateful to be born into a family that wears the head scarf. I’ve worn it ever since I was a child. It is not something just anyone would understand. You have to be able to know the reasons behind it. Since the Boston Marathon bombings in April, nothing has happened to me. Just because some terrorists claim to be Muslims doesn’t mean that our religion allows things like that to be done.
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