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“A Wise Tale” Change and realignment so you must Readjust Mimic symmetry to balance Mimic symmetry for direction and so you must Explore you mentality Mature your mind Release burdens Become intentional Understanding Blame yourself for everything Now you have control use your power use your power Darling, Change is the myth we have mistaken growth for. - GENEVA DIAMOND / ATLANTA, GA

- CHARISSE CELESTIAL / SAN FRANCISCO, CA

- ALLISON BARR / PORTLAND, OR

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A younger version of my mother got an early start on preparing a younger version of me for all that was to come if I stuck with the grandiose goals I had created. It was our little ritual — every week on the long drive home from my violin lesson, I would speak fluently with my bright-eyed mother on topics that came to include such words and phrases as “ivy league,” “standardized test scores,” and “extracurriculars”. This began at age seven. I lived for these conversations. My mother, wellread, told me in advance about the harsh reality: academia is not relaxing, and would not be for me, despite my enthusiasm for learning and my ambition as a student. Entering high school, I later learned, is like being thrown to the beasts. Academia is competition. It’s been said time and time again, shoved in our faces and yelled in our ears as the self-love movements pick up speed within our generation: “comparison is the thief of joy”. And yes, it’s true; I’m sure we’ve all experienced feeling a little worse after sizing ourselves up against someone we see as “superior”. Academia is competition, and competition is an open invitation for comparison. We line ourselves up in track lanes and on judging stages to be placed in order relative to our fellow competitors — first to last, best to worst, most deserving to least deserving. Our generation is hard-

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