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When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to take advantage of the free counseling offered at my school. Having grown up in an impoverished community, the service was necessary to help me process the traumas that come with being poor. With many schools remaining closed due to covid-19, access to counseling and therapy is contingent on financial privilege; not everyone can afford therapy, let alone Internet access for online mental health services. Poor kids need a space to process their feelings, and that space shouldn’t be “pay-to-enter.”

When my plants wither, it feels like a reflection of my own setbacks

Taking care of myself and my plants can be an uphill battle

Kate not Katie: Why I dropped the ‘i’ in my name

As I got older, my name started to feel like a too-small sweater

My parents’ divorce stopped me from being the kid I wanted to be. Here’s how I healed.

I realized every family has their own story, and this is mine