A Youthful Voice

I was armed with my laptop streaming live coverage of the event through various web and news sites, I listened to my phone streaming special live coverage from NPR, and I kept in touch with friends watching the election unfold through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and text. We were all pumped and excited to the point where we all could have been mistaken for football fanatics at the Super Bowl. I was truly amazed for more reasons than just getting to hear the election results, but because I had encountered so many young voters who took the time and try to educate themselves on the issues and voice their opinions at the polls.

I was so proud of my generations attempt at completing their civic duty and caring about their future. They saw the importance of knowing what was going on around them and how it could affect their entire life, and regardless of who they voted for or their political affiliation, I was, and I’m still, incredibly happy that the majority of my friends (except for one individual who has complained about her rights before…) mailed a ballot in or went to their voting place to make a difference. Continue reading “A Youthful Voice”

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Just Be Stevie Nicks

There I was sitting in my room, avoiding my homework, and watching lengthy video-taped discussions of Neil deGrasse Tyson, like the incredibly nerdy girl that I am, when I stumbled onto something absolutely brilliant. I had found a new TEDxTeen talk by Tavi Gevinson, called Still Figuring it Out, that put all that was important into perspective and called for her audience to take away an inspiring message for people of all ages.

Although only 15 years old, “Tavi Gevinson [is] the editor-in-chief and founder of RookieMag.com and writes thestylerookie.com. Rookie, a site for teenage girls, broke 1 million page views within 5 days of launching in September of 2011, and contributors have included Miranda July, Dan Savage, Joss Whedon, JD Samson, Zooey Deschanel, Sady Doyle, Lesley Arfin, and Cindy Gallop.”

“It has received praise from Weekend Edition Sunday on NPR, the New Yorker, and a number of other publications, and, most importantly, the girls who write in to the site. Tavi has also written for publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Jezebel, Lula, and Pop, and is a contributing editor to GARAGE magazine. She is…a sophomore in high school, and also the author of an embarrassing diary recently found from the 6th grade.”