This post is adapted from my piece called ‘Ohana’ which was featured in Red Pocket Magazine. You can check it out here.

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“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”
- Lilo and Stitch

Lilo and Stitch used to be my favourite movie growing up. The film’s story revolves around two eccentric and mischievous individuals: A six-year-old Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai (pictured below on the right)—who is raised by her older, young adult-aged sister Nani after their parents died in a car accident—and a blue extraterrestrial animal-like creature called Experiment 626, who’s adopted by Lilo as…


A new study published in the British Journal of Cancer claims that 1 in 2 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Most people even know someone in their personal lives who have been diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is horrifying and saddening, to say the least, but recent scientific developments have shown that we can do certain things to potentially reduce our risk of developing cancer, one of them being cutting down on our Acrylamide intake.

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Let’s start with what Acrylamide is. Acrylamide is a white, odorless crystal-chemical compound (C3H5NO) that occurs naturally…


This post is adapted from a piece called ‘Middle Gray’ which was featured in the Young Voices Magazine. You can check it out here.

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“Where are you from?”

I blinked once. Then twice.

Uhhh… Canada?

“No I mean, where are you really from?”

Of course, I knew what she really meant. She was asking me where my roots were from (or at least she was trying to ask) and being a first-generation Canadian, that meant where my parents were from.

Canada. I was born here.

I wasn’t satisfied with my answer and as her brows furrowed in response, I could…


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If I’ve been doing anything through quarantine, it’s been reading. I’ve read a lot of books—the good, the bad, and the ugly—but lucky for you I’m here to tell you which ones are absolute must-reads. I hope you enjoy these 5 recommendations and don’t hesitate to leave your own recommendations in the comments!

1. Wonder by R. J. Palacio


According to Oxford Languages, regret is the emotion characterized by feelings of sadness, repent, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done. A lot of us feel regret because it’s a natural feeling to have especially when something doesn’t go our way. But should we really feel regret—is it productive or fruitful in any way? And can we really live a “good life” while simultaneously also having feelings of regret attached to our past mistakes? But first: what really is a “good life”?

We can not assume that one who is conscious is alive. For the extent that…


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On March 8th we proudly celebrate International Women’s Day to acknowledge the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. On this day we are reminded of the strides that we have made when it comes to fighting gender disparity and gender norms. One such stride dates back to World War Two, when women were thrust into the harsh realities of war and forced to take on roles traditionally filled by men. …


This post is adapted from a chapter in My Book ‘Quaranteen’ which you can check out here.

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There’s nothing quite like flipping pancakes and making tea in the early blue hues of the morning. I started my morning a bit differently today because even in the middle of this pandemic, I like to switch some things up once in a while. Of course, in the middle of our situation there are only so many new things I can do to switch things up, but waking up early just to see a smile on my parent’s faces makes it all worth…


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For many students, February means starting afresh with a new semester and new teachers. Since things are a bit different this year, my school has decided to implement quadmesters instead of semesters, which means that the whole school year is divided into 4 sections instead of 2.

This month, I started my new quad with high hopes and only one course, which was english (my favorite subject!). Right away, we were tasked with an introductory assignment with the prompt: Who are you now compared with eleven months ago?

Of course, this sparked many thoughts within me, all of which I…


Before going any further, I’d like to say that this article was inspired by Buzzfeed’s article “32 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The English Language”. I decided to make my own version of it so all credit goes to them for this idea!

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Do you ever discover a word so beautiful that you can’t help but share it with others? I’ve came across 10 (yes 10!) words, so absolutely exquisite that I can’t help but share them with you today. So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Sonder

I discovered this word from a TikTok I saw a while…


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Let’s be real, sometimes in our fast paced lives we don’t always have the time to do everything we want. When it comes to me, I’ve been wanting to take a Standard First Aid & CPR course forever, but of course in the midst of online learning and filling out college applications I haven’t exactly gotten the time.

Lucky for me, in my Kinesiology class we’ve just happened to be discussing sports injuries, and specifically, First Aid Acronyms that you should use in the case of an emergency. …

Saesha Kukreja

17 y/o imaginative and ambitious individual who strives to impact change through writing

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