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Model Essay 1
“Remember to look up.” Tear your eyes from your phone screen, lift your head to see the beauty of reality. Take the time to gaze at the myriad stars that make you feel small and insignificant; watch the sun color the sky, edging out the darkness of night. Glance away, if only for a second, from schoolbooks and plans of the future, and absorb the world around you, taking in every mundane detail, for this instant will never come again (and one day, everything that now seems routine and unchanging could be gone). Open your heart, and look beyond what you know to better understand and appreciate those around you for who they are. Raise your critical eyes from your body and instead admire the face in the mirror, a face that is beautiful and unique and deserving of love.
“Remember to look up.” It is a friendly reminder, but one that should not be disregarded. The world moves too fast; people rush from one thing to the next in a flurry of emotion with a side of stress and a pinch of worry. We jump to conclusions, unable to spare the time to consider other perspectives. We spend our lives looking ahead, focused on our goals, convinced that happiness will come if we struggle relentlessly. But if we just pause and look up, we may see that happiness is already here.
Model essay 2
Say it with me! The United States need to revamp their Sexual Education Program. I used to live in the county that has the best S.H.A.R.E. curriculum in Nevada. It includes developmentally appropriate, medically accurate, and culturally sensitive topics and provides strategies to support all students regardless of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
It also lays a foundation for knowledge and skills related to human development, relationships, decision making, consent, abstinence, contraceptives, and disease prevention. That may seem very impressive, but the curriculum is still not up to par with the needs of students. Students in Nevada are pushing for a curriculum with topics covering anatomy, contraception, sexual identity, gender identity, and very specifically, and sexual assault/rape. Students want open conversation about sex and harassment, but they also want to feel included in that conversation. Meaning LGBT students, students of all ethnicities, and students with disabilities need to be able to speak openly about sex and how to have it safely.
On top of that the lack of Sexual Education in Nevada has a large link to sexual assault. Some teens in high school are taught about sexual assault and rape, however they are commonly taught more about how to avoid getting sexually assaulted instead of learning how not to sexually assault. This means that the rate has risen due to the fact that we would rather pretend that these things do not happen. This is just not working anymore, we need to make a change.