Here’s a word to permanently erase from your vocabulary

I recently had a classmate take the time to try and explain to me why the word ‘retarded’ is socially acceptable. At first I laughed. What kind of person thinks that this is an example of logical reasoning? But as I began to talk to my peers about the idea, our conversations revealed that teenagers […]

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How to Break Your Block

We are always looking for inspiration, especially as artists, we strive for something to spark us with excitement to start or continue a project. Yet, inspiration can be very difficult to obtain. Artist’s block, lack of motivation, and lack of inspiration is a common place artists end up in. It can certainly be one of […]

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If you haven’t read Franz Kafka’s existential story of “Metamorphosis”, allow me to give a very brief summary. One morning, a salesman named Gregor wakes up in his bed to discover that he has turned into a large insect. You did read that correctly. Gregor struggles with his new form and is kept in a […]

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Growing Pains

Growth, as shown throughout QNDP’s last few articles, is a beautiful thing. It is powerful and meaningful and inevitable. Unfortunately, however, growth comes with growing pains, and often, these pains leave scars. Scars get a bad reputation, even though there is beauty and meaning in all of them. Scars show how we’ve grown and who […]

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Style Growth

       Of all the many things that grow naturally as time passes, style is often not included. It’s easy to wear the same clothes in the same way for months or years on end. For some, this is fine, but for many, switching, altering, and growing style is important, but difficult. QNDP has […]

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Confidence: An Alternate Take

The idea of being confident is played out. It’s easy for celebrities and mentors and friends to encourage you to be yourself, love yourself, and express yourself. It’s so easy to tell each other to be confident that the phrase loses its meaning. Not to mention, being, loving, and expressing yourself is nearly impossible when […]

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The Power of the Bird

Our generation gets a lot of shit. Most of us can relate to hearing about “always being on that damn phone,” and part of the reason for that is apps like Twitter. Twitter has created a platform that is always entertaining and often political, depending on who you follow. Twitter revolutionized social media, creating a […]

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