“I want to mean something to someone.” | Strength in Numbers | How it Feels to be 18

In this series, Strength in Numbers, I interview humans of different ages and stages of life to learn how it feels to be in their shoes. Today we meet Devyn. Devyn is no stranger to the digital world. The 18-year-old Call of Duty enthusiast spends hours on his computer playing video games, talking to friends, …

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I dug up my old writing and published it because I was afraid to.

This is a gem from the early days of Stories for Strangers. I wrote this at 18-years-old during my first few months of college and published it May 5, 2015. I removed the post when my blog began to receive traffic. I felt embarrassed--partly because the prose was so bad but also because the thought …

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The Impacts of Dramatizing Mental Illness

Originally published on the Amherst Wire A man with schizophrenia stands atop a building with a stranger's baby in his arms in a whirlwind of delusions. A depressed student who has been bullied their whole life brings a gun to school and commits suicide by police. A beautiful young woman stares at her skin and …

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Standardized testing means make-or-break at Commerce

SPRINGFIELD--High schools all across the country use standardized testing as a measuring stick for school performance.  For the students at Springfield’s Commerce High School, some say this year of testing is especially nerve-wracking. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education classifies Commerce as a level 4 school due to chronic underperformance on Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment …

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Fatal Southpoint shooting leaves community uneasy

Read the original story on the Amherst Wire here. Originally published October 18, 2016 Allyson Morin, Writer, October 18, 2016 Amherst Police investigate the Southpoint shooting Saturday, Oct. 15. The investigation is still ongoing. (Joshua Murray/Amherst Wire) AMHERST — Some residents who live near the Southpoint Townhouses and Apartments say their perception of the living area has shifted …

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