11 Quotes I Wish I’d Read in High School

11 Quotes I Wish I’d Read in High School

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Have you ever found yourself struggling in the depths of the deep end, unsure of how much longer you can hold your breath? Then, out of nowhere, someone jumps into the deep end with you, mouths some words at you through bubbles, and in an instant you remember how to swim back up to the surface. You may have experienced this feeling while still at school. Homework stack growing, teachers piling on pressure, tests being forgotten, and no time for you to be a teenager. Sometimes all we need is a few words of advice. Here are eleven quotes from authors you’ll wish …

10 Moments From Romantic Poetry That’ll Make You Feel Sublime

10 Moments From Romantic Poetry That’ll Make You Feel Sublime

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The Romantic poets have a special place in every English major’s heart. John Keats was a young genius taken too early by consumption. Lord Byron was a complicated womanizer, equally disdained and adored. Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley were the young couple at the center. The old William Wordsworth cantankerously loved flowers. William Blake was off in his cottage hallucinating.   The cast of characters were eclectic, but all were unified in their deep appreciation for the sublime. The magnitude of nature, the universe, and man’s small stature in relation filled them with awe. It didn’t send them into existential …

10 Moments From Romantic Poetry That'll Make You Feel Sublime

10 Moments From Romantic Poetry That'll Make You Feel Sublime

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The Romantic poets have a special place in every English major’s heart. John Keats was a young genius taken too early by consumption. Lord Byron was a complicated womanizer, equally disdained and adored. Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley were the young couple at the center. The old William Wordsworth cantankerously loved flowers. William Blake was off in his cottage hallucinating.   The cast of characters were eclectic, but all were unified in their deep appreciation for the sublime. The magnitude of nature, the universe, and man’s small stature in relation filled them with awe. It didn’t send them into existential …

The Most Popular Club in This School Is a Book Club for Fifth-Grade Boys

The Most Popular Club in This School Is a Book Club for Fifth-Grade Boys

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Truesdell Education Campus can’t keep its most popular books stocked. Boys crowd the library before the morning bell, students read in class instead of paying attention to their teachers. And it’s all because of a book club.    With the help of one of their administrators, ten fifth-grade boys started a book club at the school in Washington, D.C.’s Brightwood neighborhood, and it’s quickly become the most popular club on campus. The school staff struggles to keep up with their students’ book demand.   “The books that we read here, we can relate to,” said 11-year-old Devon Wesley. The book …

Meet the Man Who Overcame Illiteracy at 47-Years-Old

Meet the Man Who Overcame Illiteracy at 47-Years-Old

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According to a study done by the United States Department of Education, there are approximately 32 million illiterate Americans. Norman Brown of Bakersfield, California was one of these Americans, that is, until he signed up for tutoring at the age of forty-seven. Brown first fell behind his classmates in elementary school, but was able to make it through tenth grade.   “Back then they sort of set you aside. I don’t know how I got to the 10th grade. This is insane that I went so far in school.” In 2014, Central Connecticut State ranked Bakersfield the least literate city …