• Keepin' It Real

    Growing Up Adopted

    Hi APC, my name is Jasmine Rose Martin & I’m a junior at West Orange High school. I was adopted at a young age by a Caucasian gay couple. My family also consists of my un-biological sister. My godparents are lesbian, and they also have two children three years apart from one another. Living with too males has its ups and downs. For example, the fashion talk and fun gossip talk is so fun, but when it comes down to female needs it’s not all that fun; however, my fathers do a good job at understanding. I personally would like to have a female figure in my life to talk…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Mental Health

    A Unique Combination

    Hello APC! My name is Myrthe Nymph and I’m a Dutch filmmaker and writer of Chinese origin. At the moment, I am 21 years old and study at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.  Filmmaking and psychology. I often get questioned about this odd combination. I was born April 1st 1998 into a musical family. My dad and mom love making music and even used to be in a music band before they became social workers. I had the privilege to learn as many musical instruments, dance styles and other art forms as I wished to. I was just 12 years old when my passion for filmmaking and photography…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    High up in the Ivory Tower

    Hi APC! I’m Francesca, and I live on College Confidential. You laugh, but it’s true: the uncharted wilderness of this website is like when the ruthless contributors of Reddit meet a Wikipedia wormhole. Specifically, I find myself drawn to the terrifying, mesmerizing, and strangely addictive world of the Ivy Leagues.  I am awed by how videos of Harvard acceptance letters go viral on YouTube, how celebrities pay small fortunes to ensure their childrens’ admission, and how those infamous single-digit acceptance rates haunt thousands of high schoolers every year.  Now, let me first make a disclaimer. I neither love nor despise the Ivies; I’m just… fascinated by them. If the college…

  • Keepin' It Real

    The Cycle

    Hey APC! I’m Isabella Calix and I am a staff writer for APC; I’m actually responsible for translating all the articles on APC to Spanish! I’m a first-year at Smith College, a women’s college in Northampton, Massachusetts and I’m 17 years old. I hope to study public health, biology, sociology, and Latin American Studies in college (I’m undecided on majors). I’m a New Yorker and Latina. My ethnicities, more specifically, is Honduran and Italian. Writing is my favorite hobby. I grew up bilingual and speak both English and Spanish. I spent high school writing and translating my own pieces for my newspaper. Also, I am excited to translate more APC…

  • International Voices,  Keepin' It Real

    Across the Sea

    Hi APC! My name is Ariella Delapena. Most of the time I just go by Ari. I’m 17 and Filipino. I’m Christian and I’m a military child, so obviously I move around often. With that being said, it’s kind of hard for me to explain where I’m from. I was born in Bremerton, Washington and soon after my family and I moved to Temecula, California. I stayed there for half of 3rd grade. For the rest of elementary school, I moved to San Diego, California. I spent my middle school years in Guam. Essentially, I really feel like I grew as a person on that island. Even though it was…

  • Keepin' It Real

    Whole

    Hey ladies! It’s Brooke Solomon! Intersectionality is defined as the “complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect, especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups” (Merriam-Webster). It is a term recently coined by activist and lawyer Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw but its meaning and history are not new.The ideas surrounding intersectionality have existed for as long as social constructs have; however, I was first introduced to the term my freshman year of high school when my English class was reading Octavia Butler’s book Kindred and I was assigned to explore the elements of Black Feminism…

  • Keepin' It Real

    Brown-skinned Girl

    My name is Victoria Martinez, and I am a Mexican, female, pansexual, 21-year-old multidisciplinary artist.  This piece titled “Cafe: El Color de la Tierra” is centered on the beauty of brown skin and femininity. It has become so important to me to show the world how beautiful brown skin is and how magical women are.  For the majority of my youth, I struggled with self-hatred. The media and everyone around me made me believe that beauty was defined by white, European features. I hated my brown skin, my round nose, my puffy hair. Even within my own Mexican culture there was racism. Mexican’s themselves favored the “weritos”. (blonde/light-skinned person) There…

  • Keepin' It Real

    Rise

    Hi! My name is Anna Miramontes. I’m a 21-year-old Afro Filipina, and a 4th-year college student at the University of California, Berkeley— go bears!  My story and my identity are intricate and complicated, but that makes for a good story, right?  My father was a black veteran in the marines that suffered from PTSD and my mother was a differently-abled Filipina woman that migrated to the United States in pursuit of the American dream like many others.  I grew up in an abusive environment. My father was constantly letting out his frustrations on my mother through physical and verbal abuse. We never had a stable living situation because neither of…

  • For The Culture,  Keepin' It Real

    Shredded

    Hey APC! Today, we’ll be doing a little something different. Instead of an article, we are featuring an interview that Tyler Newman had with teen entrepreneur, Kacey Gleaton about her jeans business, Kacey Jordan Jeans. Read below for more! 1) What inspired you to create Kacey Jordan Jeans? I used to walk around school and get compliments on an old pair of thrifted jeans that I’d ripped up myself. Every time I walked around the halls in them, people would ask me where I got them. Once they‘d find out that I made the jeans, they would ask me to make them a pair. I’d always smile and laugh in…

  • Art,  Keepin' It Real

    Brush Strokes

    Hello APC! My name is Andrea Gonzales and I am a sophomore at the University of San Francisco, studying Business Marketing and Design. As a first-generation Filipina with strict (but loving) parents in the medical field, I’ve been told that art will always be “just a hobby.” Since my family members consistently reduced the importance of art to merely a “pastime,” I forced myself to believe that the medical field was meant for me and neglected my passion for art. Plagued by the idea that medicine was the only opportunity to be successful, I initially enrolled at the University of San Francisco as a nursing major. But as I finished…

  • Dear Brown Girl,  Keepin' It Real

    A Look in the Mirror

    Hey APC! My name is Andrea, and I’m a junior at Phillips Exeter Academy.  I go to a boarding high school in New Hampshire, I grew up in Hong Kong. Although there are numerous differences between these two places, such as in culture and social norms, I’ve discovered one striking thing they have in common—the disturbing prevalence of white beauty standards. You’d think that a homogeneous Asian city would at least adhere to a less restrictive set of beauty standards, but I’ve come to realize that this notion is naive and untrue. The presence of white supremacy manifests in subtle, insidious, indelibly damaging ways, whether in countries next to or…

  • Dear Brown Girl,  Keepin' It Real,  Misc

    “Oreo”

    Hey APC! My name is Karla Sterrett and I am a 16-year-old from New York.  You’re not black enough! You “talk white”! You’re an Oreo, white on the inside but black on the outside! Hearing these comments from the age of 11 to 16 hurts. How am I supposed to respond to a comment so degrading? Words such as these make me feel powerless, tearing down my confidence, enlarging the insecurities I already have about myself. Being black is apart of who I am, so for another black person to say that I’m not “black enough” is worse than a slap in the face. It’s as if your own pride…