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When Pineapple Meets Pizza

When Pineapple Meets Pizza

Valerie Lopez, Associate Editor

November 24, 2019

All was running smoothly. Thanksgiving was approaching, and I was feeling grateful for our Friendsgiving celebration here at the Impact quarters. I have so much to be thankful for. My friends are amazing, I love writing, my family is healthy and well. I was feeling alive despite seasonal depression almost...

Me and My Lonely

Me and My Lonely

Valerie Lopez, Associate Editor

October 1, 2019

I have always feared abandonment. I suppose it was something I developed from my emotionally unstable parents. They would break up and make up every week. My father is an amazing person but really struggled with being faithful to my mother. My mother, well she's Venezuelan, so you know how that goes....

Dear Empaths Of The World

Dear Empaths Of The World

Valerie Lopez

September 19, 2019

Walking into work on labor day weekend was the worst. I felt the thick tension walking into the doors of the department store the minute I walked in. My heartbeat speed up, watching the stress on the customers face. Looking at them pacing back and forth, aching for attention like the cries of a baby. My...

Advice to my Sister

Advice to my Sister

Valerie Lopez, Associate Editor

May 15, 2019

My sister is one of my best friends. We have this unexplainable bond ever since we were as young as I can remember. We call each other Cheetah girls because that has been our favorite movie since 2006 and whenever we are together it is nothing but laughs. We tell each other everything, there are no walls...

A Day In A Life Of Chronic Depression

A Day In A Life Of Chronic Depression

Valerie Lopez, Associate Editor

May 9, 2019

Chronic depression isn’t just being sad or crying all the time. Sometimes it’s being so numb you can’t feel anything at all. It's sleeping in, having a messy room, isolating yourself and sometimes having anxiety. It's feeling like no one can understand you. It's having mood swings and not enjoying...

My Two Mothers

My Two Mothers

Valerie Lopez, Associate Editor

May 8, 2019

My parents have always told me from a young age that my grandmother birthed me. “She cut your umbilical cord, so she’s basically your second mother,” they’d say with a smirk. The relationship I had with my grandma was very different from my own mother. I felt that growing up my grandmoth...

Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus Remix “Old Town Road” Put An End To Racism

Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus Remix “Old Town Road” Put An End To Racism

Valerie Lopez, Associate Editor

May 4, 2019

If you haven't been living under a rock,  you would know that currently "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has been number one on the billboard charts for several weeks. This is the remix we didn't know we needed. It has brought the two unlikely worlds of country and hip-hop together. ...

My Obsession With Being Skinny

My Obsession With Being Skinny

Valerie Lopez, Associate Editor

February 14, 2019

Body Dysmorphia Disorder becomes more prevalent in this day in age because of social media and the constant comparison one has with other peoples bodies.

An Open Letter To Victims Of Abusive Relationships

An Open Letter To Victims Of Abusive Relationships

Valerie Lopez, Impact Staff

December 15, 2018

It's easy to make excuses for the people you love. You can be easily blinded when you so deeply invested in the relationship. We often think, "That could never be me" or "if he ever hits me. I'm leaving." Then the sweet taste of irony hits hard. That's when you are coving up the bruises, afraid of...

Searching for Home

Searching for Home

Valerie Lopez, Impact Staff

November 22, 2018

He goes to the grocery store where he must wait in line for hours just to get a gallon milk three times the regular price.The shelves are packed with little to no food.He is no longer the boy sneaking into his house late at night after a night on the beach with friends. He is a man trying to help his...

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