Intrusive

Words by Isabelle (she/they), 22 NSW The piece ‘Intrusive’ contains themes about mental health, anxiety and depression which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline – 13 11 14   A foul thing has followed me…

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Brown… White … In-between…

Words by Dionne (she/they), 17 WA  To grow up brown is to be Sisyphus, without a crime. Atlas to your parents’, societies’, and your own standards In that order. To grow up brown out of India, is to be subject to both Western and Eastern societal pressures. A never-ending Pandora’s box of perceived failures. To…

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Should Australia introduce compulsory national service for school-leavers?

Words by Dustin (he/him), 18 NSW Everyone knows that our schooling career is progressive. It’s planned out by the education system, almost as if your life has only one direction for the next 13 years: from kindergarten to year one, and eventually year 12. Essentially, young people – including me – feel as if they…

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Let me buy into my community, don’t force me to

Words by Emma, 27 WA  The concept of compulsory service is not new, with many countries such as South Korea and Norway requiring young people to serve their country. When the majority of the world is at peace, something like this seems harmless and encourages patriotism and connection with their peers. But given the ongoing…

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Kids want more choice after graduating, not less

Words by Joshua, 17 NSW     When the first wave of COVID-19 hit Australian shores in March 2020, I had no idea what was coming. Time spent crying at my desk, my microphone muted and camera off while attending Zoom classes. Afternoons spent on assignments and wondering about questions I couldn’t ask. Talking with friends…

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Intrusive

Words by Isabelle (she/they), 22 NSW The piece ‘Intrusive’ contains themes about mental health, anxiety and depression which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline – 13 11 14   A foul thing has followed me…

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Brown… White … In-between…

Words by Dionne (she/they), 17 WA  To grow up brown is to be Sisyphus, without a crime. Atlas to your parents’, societies’, and your own standards In that order. To grow up brown out of India, is to be subject to both Western and Eastern societal pressures. A never-ending Pandora’s box of perceived failures. To…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Social

If we thought the topic of wellbeing was huge this is topic is GIGANTIC! We also know based on past submissions – this is what matters the most to our contributors. Young people around the world are standing up “for the Greta Good” amid droughts, bushfires and once-in-a-lifetime environmental disasters that are happening every other…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Culture

Although creativity is often associated with the arts, it’s actually a vital form of intelligence that drives people in many disciplines to discover something new. There is no real consensus on how exactly to define creativity – it’s interrupted by the individual. Is the finger painting that your parents held onto since you were 3…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Style

We have watched all over the world, as young Iranian women cut their hair in protest. The average person cuts their at least once a year (if we can be bothered) so why has this made us cry with rage? As the next generation we’re mindful of climate change, does this impact the way we…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Tech

We grew up with it all around us! In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a person on this platform who isn’t regularly engaging with technology. It’s how we communicate and connect, schedule our lives, keep ourselves entertained, and learn new things. There is still a lot we don’t know about the digital…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Experiences

According to trusty Google an experience is ‘an event or occurrence which leaves an impression on someone’. In other words, it could be an observation, understanding or knowledge, worldliness, involvement or exposure. When we talk about experience we’re talking about physical experiences – things you’ve lived through such as your first travel adventure in a…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Wellbeing

Wellbeing. HUGE topic. A recurring headline both in our social feed and major publications. Pretty much covering everything and anything when thinking about our mental, physical, sexual, emotional or social selves. Helping us describe how we feel about ourselves – and check in with ourselves – as we think, converse and debate about self-care, anxiety…

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How to get unstuck

Words by Nandana, 16 NSW  I’m stuck in the middle of year 10. I’ve just chosen the subjects that will supposedly decide the rest of my life, and now I’m regretting some of them. I am starting to wish I could go back in time more and more every day – before year 10, or…

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