One World Student Reflections

Through our Writing Program, each year thousands of students write essays about topics that interest them. Then, we use a sampling of those essays to create writing units for teachers to use to facilitate peer-to-peer learning. All essays and units are available here, and we add one new essay/unit per month.

Student Ambassador: Jay Mathews

In this essay, Jay counters the popular assumption that video games have a negative impact on the "gamers" who play them.  By citing several pieces of research evidence, Jay presents a compelling argument  for why video games may not be as bad as many believe.
 

Student Ambassador: Jessica Li

Jessica tackles the subject of the pressure many teens feel to be academically ultra-competetive in an effort to have a bright future. She looks at the downside of focusing solely on scores and grades at the expense of pursuing personal interests and passions.
 

Student Ambassador: Charlie Nichols

Charlie makes a compelling argument for gay marriage, listing numerous reasons people oppose it and providing counterclaims for each one. He uses historical, current, and personal examples to support his rationale.
 

Student Ambassador: Damonne Nickens

Damonne discusses his experiences with youth crime from both sides of the issue. He goes over the many reasons kids may turn to crime and presents his case for potential solutions and a more promising future.
 

Student Ambassador: Jamaya Andrews

With an eye to the future, Jamaya explores the cost of not providing HIV education in schools. She discusses the continuing HIV/AIDS crisis and argues the benefits of providing HIV education to students.
 

Student Ambassador: Kenneth Cruz-Flores

Kenneth discusses the complex nature of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and how they affect our eating habits.  Are GMO's dangerous?  How prevalent are GMO's in agriculture?  Kenneth attempts to answer these questions and provides his recommendations on what Americans can do to stay healthy.
 

Student Ambassador: Sacha Petricic-Tinto

Sacha explores the history of car pollution.  He considers the effects of pollution on people and the planet.  Sacha also discusses how some automakers are making more environmentally-friendly cars and what people can do to reduce carbon emissions.
 

Student Ambassador: Jasmine Allen

Jasmine shares her passion for gymnastics while examining the extremely negative aspect of performance enhancing drug abuse among professional athletes.  She discusses the importance of sport stars maintaining a drug-free lifestyle in order to provide good role models for the next generation of aspiring athletes. 
 

Student Ambassador: Kyon Muldrow

Does money buy happiness? Kyon explores this age-old question in her Reflection. She provides evidence from sociology and economic studies and discusses the findings. Kyon also elaborates on her own opinions and experiences to shed light on this topic.
 

Student Ambassador: Alex Leonard

The title of Alex's Reflection says it all! He discusses the controversy surrounding violent video games in light of recent events while giving advice on how parents and kids can enjoy video games responsibly.
 

Pages

2014

Jamaya Andrews HIV Education is Necessary
Charlie Nichols We Should Stand Up for Gay Marriage
Jay Mathews Video Games: Is the Bad Reputation Justified?
Aliyah Masterson Fast Food: The Fast Road to Bad Health
Daniel Perez Does America Need “Aliens”?
Torrey Marable Urban Education
Sean Pine Carbon Emissions: The World is in Danger
Giulia Setola Russia Bans All Foreign Adoptions
Gerizim Perez Banish the Death Penalty

2013

Shannon MacKenzie Corporate Pollution
Alex Leonard Video Games: The Good, the Bad, and the Violent
Kyon Muldrow The Price of Happiness
Jasmine Allen Drug Abuse in Sports
Sacha Petricic-Tinto Green Vehicles
Kenneth Cruz-Flores GMO’s War on Our Plates
Damonne Nickens Crime Prevention in Youth
Jessica Li The Academic Race
Nicole Latifullah Dangers of Smoking
Tahtierra Hall Speaking Out on Stuttering
Nida Shareif Iran's Hold on Speech

2012

David Peck National Pride of Bolivia
Marwa Eltahir A New Sudan
Samantha MacKenzie Courage of Military Families
Matt Kaufax Fighting Animal Cruelty
Porchia Ifill Cost of High School Dropouts
Vaughn Jones Price Tag of Child Labor
Jorge Garcia Life in Cuba
Ashley Pinkney Being a Teen Parent
Je’Von Russell Teens, Guns, and Violence
Brandon Snow Social Networking Generation
Julia Di Chinese-American Identity
Ellen DeCesare Women in the Media

2011

Andre Sanabia A Divided Island: Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Alyia Hicks The Message Behind the Music
Ruth Bekele Global Migration: Moving to America
Yoni Kalin Exploring Religion in Israel
Laila Kunaish Muslim Identity and the Media
Tanith Ramon-Ibarra Cyber Bullying
Michael Song Tales of Adoption and Courage
Emma Walsh-Alker Deforestation in the Amazon
Nancy Jin Childhood Obesity 
Rashida Asante-Eccleston Language in America 
Denver Edmonds Single Parent Families
Nathan Araya What makes a Global Superpower?

2010

Liyana Ido The Language of my Syrian Heritage
Malcolm Berry Battling AIDS in My City
David Zhang An Immigrant's Pride
Jessica Yang The Cost of Healing
Sahnun Hassan Mohamud Somalia's Forgotten Children
Alexandra Fognani Done with Bullying
Lara Mitra Kidney Village: The Truth about Organ Trafficking
Lukas CananBhutan: The World's Happiest Country
Ebenezer Arhu Finding my Roots in Ghana
Lucas Lytel Scoring a Goal for Autism Awareness
Chinyere Ukaegbu Name Shamed: A Story of Nigeria
Ellie Olsen The Odyssey of Guantanamo Uighurs

2009

Victoria Wang The Skies of Beijing
Josh Weiner The Power of Play
Salma Mohamad From One Alexandria to Another
Calvin Kennedy Mountains of Cerebral Palsy
Nick Eckenwiler The DC that I See
Melissa Linsao Wondering Which is Home
Shaneka Speight Hoping Tomorrow is Safe

2008

Anna Fagin The Other France
Isabel Nampakwa Kapotwe A View of Zambia from Within
Talia Harris Tasting Culture in Mexico