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Learning to Succeed
Every job is an opportunity.
author image Marlo has held eight jobs between ages 14 and 21. Each one teaches him something about work success, which he shares along with interviewing tips.

I just turned 21, and I have had eight jobs, including two full-time internships. All my work experience, from picking up trash in the park to doing audits for The New York Times, helped me develop skills... [more]

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The World’s Oldest Hustle The author has odd jobs and public assistance, but cannot make ends meet, so she sells sex for money. After a few months, she decides the emotional toll is too great. [more]
Trump: A Dangerous Radical 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. [more]
Not Just a ‘Tomboy Phase’ Chris, born Tia, never liked dressing or acting like a girl. At an LGBTQ meeting, he meets other transgender youth and realizes who he is. [more]
Staff Shout-Out Selena details how her socio-therapist gained her trust by listening to Selena, praising her, and not judging her for her past behaviors. [more]
Where Does Morality Come From? Victor's interview with a philosopher inspires him to question how he tells morally good actions from bad ones. Is it pure logic or should feelings be part of the equation? [more]
Prince: Pardon Him for Living (1993) Tory disagrees with 99% of the trash talk she hears about Prince and sets out to defend him, while revealing how she first came to love him. [more]
The Fairest of Them All Jessica experiences racism and internalizes it. A natural hair blog and a growing understanding of society help her see that black is beautiful. [more]
Violence Against Women Hande looks at recent news reports of sexual violence in her home country, Turkey, and explores what's behind men's desire to dominate and control women. [more]
The Long Journey Home The author, born biologically male, never doubts that she's truly female. She travels from Mexico to New York and from bullied boy to confident woman. [more]
The Judge Who Believed Valencia was full of anger from her abusive upbringing and got into a lot of trouble. Some staff wrote her off, but a judge gave her a second chance. [more]
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