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    Published 2 years ago
    How Caring for My Face and Hair Changed My Life

    How Caring for My Face and Hair Changed My Life

    For a long time, I had issues with acne scars and breaking out a lot all the time. My hair was also very damaged and dry. I never really bothered to care for my face and my hair, but eventually I realized that doing so was healthy and life-changing for me. It wasn’t until after high school when I decided to start taking care of my face and my hair. I tried so many products and I think it just made everything worse. I eventually gave up again and decided nothing was going to work.
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    Published 2 years ago
    Lost in the Jungle

    Lost in the Jungle

    Before I begin my story let me give you a little more information. I am a Chamorro from the island of Guam. We believe our ancestors live in banyan trees around our island, but we called them “Taotaomo’na," which means "people of before." For many years taotaomo’nas have been a big part of our culture. The provide protection and assistance to the Chamorro people as well as the land, but they can also be very mischievous. Typically, before going into jungles or sacred lands we would ask permission to enter and we believe that those who don’t ask will get punished. Now that I have given you that information, you will be able to understand my story better.
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    Published 2 years ago
    My First Time Getting High

    My First Time Getting High

    The first time I ever got high was during the summer, the night before my 17th birthday. I was helping my auntie set up for her wedding the next day and a friend called me asking me to pick him up at the mall. As I was getting ready to leave, my pothead cousin asked if I could take him to a friend’s house, but I didn’t think anything of it at the time. My friend decided to follow me to take my cousin to his friend’s house—keep in mind that I was driving my auntie's car, which was in horrible condition. The speedometer didn’t work, the car made a loud knocking noise whenever you took a turn, the back window was covered in plastic, and sometimes the car wouldn’t start; plus, I didn’t have my license. I thought we were driving no more than 10 minutes to get to my cousin’s friend’s house, but it took us about 30 minutes (the farthest I’d ever driven). Halfway to this house, my cousin decided to tell me he was picking up weed from his dealer. I was kind of mad, but didn’t really care at the same time. We finally got to my cousin’s friend’s house and my cousin got down. A couple of minutes later, he came back and asked if any of us wanted to smoke. I said, "Sure, why not?" and, luckily, my friend declined. I got out of the car and sat with my cousin and his friend. I took about three hits off the joint. I didn’t feel anything as I was sitting down, but as soon as I stood up to leave I could barely walk straight. I got to the driver's side of the car and just stood there. My cousin had to call my name and tell me to get into the car so we could leave. I sat in the driver's seat and just stared at the steering wheel for a good five minutes until my cousin said to start the car. I knew I couldn’t drive, but I tried to shake it off and started the car. I barely made it out of the street. I ended up driving into the neighbor’s yard, stopping right in front of a tree. My cousin and friend kicked me out of the driver's seat and my friend ended up driving us back. As we were on the road, I really started to feel the effects and I didn’t know what to do. I just felt like I was getting sucked to the back of my head (strange, I know). I was freaking out so badly I had to close my eyes and take a deep breath to calm down. I eventually started freaking out because it was so dark and I couldn’t see what was going on. I started freaking out to the point where I was screaming, crying, and kicking the back of the passenger's seat. I thought I was dying, so I ended up calling a girl I had just recently met and telling her that I was going to die because I got so high and I couldn’t focus properly. Soon after, I started to calm down, and I had cotton mouth; I didn’t know what it was at the time, so I thought there was something wrong with me. My friend decided to stop by a store to get me something to eat and drink—of all things, he got me the driest snack you could ever eat with cotton mouth: Choco Pie. I was making a complete mess with the Choco Pie and I couldn’t even drink a bottle of water properly. By the time we got to my friend’s house, I was calm but still a bit impaired. My cousin ended up driving us back to my auntie's. When I got home, I looked in the mirror and my eyes were bloodshot red. I took myself straight to sleep. I woke up the next day still high, so I laid there on the bed waiting for it to wear off. I was absolutely freaked out by the experience and told myself I was never going to smoke again, but that was a complete lie.
  • M M
    Published 2 years ago
    My First Anxiety Attack

    My First Anxiety Attack

    I never thought I would experience going through an anxiety attack. I do get uncomfortable in public and in crowds but it has never got to the point where I start to have an anxiety attack. I was working at a snow cone/smoothie stand. It was the last day of working at my local state fair and it was busy. I usually can handle a busy day and all the stress that comes with it.
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    Published 2 years ago
    How to Gain Work Experience

    How to Gain Work Experience

    These days, many people, mostly young adults, struggle to get a job because they do not have any work experience. A lot of them question how they can even get experience without a job. How can they get a job without experience? The answer to that is simple. Volunteer. You don't HAVE to get a job to gain work experience. Volunteer in your community or find a workplace that offers internships. Is your school holding a haunted house or a little Halloween event for kids? Sign up! This can teach you organizational skills or even skills to work with customers. Look to see if your school has any programs that help students get internships with stores in your area. I have gone through many outside and inside school activities that have taught me some skills I could use in the work place. If your schools don’t have any programs, see if your community has any programs that can help. Join clubs that deal with helping the community or schools.