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School: Lane Tech High School
Dream: Being an award-winning journalist and an outstanding opera singer
Fun fact: I feel as if I have lived longer than my years.


"Perhaps someday I'll crawl home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow."-Sylvia Plath

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Last Day of My Environmental Journey

Throughout this journalism program, I have learned that the world is indeed larger than one's own private bubble of selfishness. When reporters in my class visited some of the toxic sites of Chicago, they often complained of the smell or the appearance of our location. What about the thousands of people who live and cope in these same areas everyday? How do they feel living in that same stench or sewage that you so vehemently condemn? Complaining doesn't help anything. Watching in pity doesn't… Continue

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 1:11pm

We're Headbanging To Hell, Ignoring What We Have To See

I wish that people would go down swinging. The environment is not an issue where we can just say, "Oh, George W. Bush and all them other robbber barrons of the U.S. messed up the environment, oh well, tra la la la..." The common people, whether you like it or not, have more power than any corporation. They rely on our consumer power and when we refuse to give it to them, they'll notice for sure. Don't be the rebel without a cause, bellowing about fighting the man when you don't know what you're… Continue

Posted on July 21, 2009 at 12:30pm

Frustration With Almost Everything

Hey guys, it is Safiya and here's the first blog post. Monumental time in history here, better recognize. Anyways, the scariest thing about the gradual destruction of the environment is that most people don't even care about this devastating decay. I personally can't imagine a world without trees. It's like you took a Claude Monet painting and sliced right through it with a knife. I wonder if our world will end up looking like a lost dream. But most people won't care, they're busy text… Continue

Posted on July 21, 2009 at 11:56am

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