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Issue #245 (January/February 2015) issue cover
See Your Future

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After the decision not to indict the white police officer accused of killing Eric Garner, who was black, five writers went to their first-ever protest. (full text)

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DeAnna writes about her life during the four years following her high school graduation and her journey toward independence. She learns it is a meandering road. (full text)

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Damia’s dream of becoming a lawyer, her worry about her English language skills, and her fear of criminals collide when she lands an internship at a District Attorney’s office. (full text)

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Nhi is convinced she wants to be a journalist until she gets to college. Taking sociology and business courses and joining a college club makes her think about changing majors. (full text)

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As an African-American male who grew up in foster care, Orlando feels double stigma. But a professor's comment makes him determined to succeed in college. (full text)

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Applying to college can be extra stressful for kids who are dealing with poverty or whose parents can't help. College counselor Joshua Steckel addresses some common worries. (full text)

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Eliza navigates around her parents’ wish for her to become a doctor and finds a career path that feels right. (full text)

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Teens can get free certification in trades such as Salon Services, Electrical Installation, and Computer Repair at Co-Op Tech High School. (full text)

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Chimore ponders how other black people use the "n" word lightly. The word's history as a tool of oppression ultimately keeps her from joining them in using this or any slur. (full text)

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Diamonique is excited to land her first job at a McDonald’s, but her boss soon becomes verbally abusive. (full text)

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Using specific examples from their lives, contest winners write to President Obama about why he needs to make climate change a priority today. (full text)

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Julia was home-schooled until the eighth grade when she decided to switch to a traditional high school. Here, she writes about the pros and cons of both. (full text)

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In Haruki Murakami’s novel Kafka on the Shore, there are mysterious portals to other worlds, strange animals fall from the sky, and humans can travel through spirits. (full text)

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Two years after dropping out of high school, Desmin starts a GED prep class. Despite setbacks, he makes progress and plans for the future. (full text)
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