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What Motivates Mean Girl Behavior?

By Samantha Parent... on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:48

Samantha Parent Walravens gets to the heart of the “Mean Girl” culture, so that we can effectively address it. Instead of merely demonizing the behavior, understanding the motivations can be a first step to stopping it.

Bumble Bee #2 by Matt Clark jointhedots on flickrOur culture is fascinated with the image of the mean girl. Reality TV shows like The Real Housewives of New York, The Jersey Shore, and The Hills feature real-life mean girls in action — publicly humiliating and spreading nasty rumors about each other, pitting friend against friend, excluding or rejecting former friends, and even engaging in physical aggression.

While watching these on-screen antics may be a guilty pleasure for some, most of us resent the mean girl’s unwieldy power and long to see her fall from grace. Think of the movies Heathers, Sixteen Candles, and Mean Girls, all of which feature the demise of the queen bee and the triumph of the downtrodden. Ah, how sweet revenge can be...

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Keep Calm and Play On

By Sophia Barnhart on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:24

Sophia Barnhart, our Summer 2014 Communications Intern, writes about her passion for soccer and competition. She sheds light on the gendered biases that exist within athletics, and she encourages us all to pursue what makes us happy to overcome these biases.

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Being Brave Around the World

By Communications on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:13

Juli Velez, our New York Outreach Intern, writes about taking risks and embracing change. She shares with us how traveling has given her invaluable experiences that have shaped her into the brave young woman she is today.

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Why Read?

By Kelly Kim on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:19

Kelly reminds us that despite busy schedules and today's technological society, reading should still be a priority.

I personally believe that an undergraduate liberal arts degree is the key to success. An undergraduate liberal arts degree goes far beyond expanding one's knowledge.

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Why We Should Let Our Kids Fail

By Samantha Parent... on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:24

Samantha understands but warns against the tendency parents have to shelter their children from failure.

As parents, our natural instinct is to protect our children from harm, disapointment and failure. But doing so is not always in our kids’ best interests.

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Chubby and Proud

By Morgan Gallo on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:40

Morgan shares her moving story of growing up and learning to be proud of her body.

What is the definition of "chubby"? Why do we use it to describe others, and who said it was okay to have it in our vocabulary in the first place? The receiving end of this insult doesn’t feel good or nice or spectacular or, in any way, shape, or form, positive.

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Book Notes: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

By Shannon Rigney Keane on Sun, 07/06/2014 - 15:15

Shannon Keane explores the twisted powers of fate and young love in Eleanor and Park.

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Marriage: Every Girl's Dream?

By Kelly Kim on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:45

While all of her friends grew up imagining walking down the aisle, Kelly realized marriage was never part of her dream.

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A Lesson From GLI: You're Not Alone

By Melissa Mark on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 13:13

Melissa reflects upon the tendency to hide behind a "mask" and how she learned to be more open with the help of GLI.

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Summer: A Season of Empowerment

By Sophia Barnhart on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:22

Sophia explores the body image nightmares that haunt girls during swimsuit season.

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