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Issue #252 (May/June 2016) issue cover
How I Got Through It

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The writer tries to protect his siblings, mother, and himself from his father’s physical abuse. He discovers that writing is one way to gain a sense of peace and control. (full text)

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Aniqa reports on racism experienced by black students in her school. When a #hashtag is created to inspire students to speak out, the school community must confront difficult issues. (full text)

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The writer recounts the steps she takes to manage her obsessive-compulsive disorder, an illness that causes you to have recurrent thoughts or impulses to do things over and over. (full text)

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After being sexually abused throughout her life by numerous men in her family, the writer meets other young women and learns that her experience is common in her South Asian culture. (full text)

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When the writer’s parents start arguing over an alleged affair, both turn to him for advice and comfort. He eventually finds a way to tell his parents to seek counsel from adults. (full text)

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Shameera surprises herself when she’s able to remain strong and brave during two natural disasters. Inspired by her courage in handling these situations, she attempts to conquer her biggest fear: public speaking. (full text)

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After the writer barely escapes getting raped, she turns to weed to help her forget what happened. Her adviser reaches out to her and reminds her of her future goals. (full text)

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Winners write letters to their parents sharing what they think they should know about—and don’t. (full text)

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Although Austin was told he had the potential to be a professional pianist, he quit because his teacher was too strict. Playing felt more like work than fun. (full text)

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Your questions about voting answered. YCteen editors also ask the writers: If you were 18, who would you have voted for in the primary and why? (full text)

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Victor points out that possible presidential nominee Donald Trump plays on Americans' fear of ISIS in his attacks on immigrants. But he himself is an extremist who incites violence. (full text)
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