Intrusive

Intrusive - young person huddled in corner from yellow eyed monster

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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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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