Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

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.”

Teaching in the pandemic is tough. But after a whole year, there are important takeaways.

I run high-school art classes online and in person

I used to feel ashamed crying in public. Now I embrace it every time.

In 2020, I started keeping my ‘crying diaries’

I used to laugh off anti-Asian jokes. Now, I will stick up for myself every time.

It’s been too easy to downplay racism in the past