Student Voices Fellowship

This personal essay series features stories by high school students taking part in Chalkbeat’s fellowship program.

I chose Science Park’s International Baccalaureate program for its rigorous academics. My classmates and teachers made it an experience I’ll cherish forever.
She invited me to live with her in Chicago, seizing the opportunity to change our family’s story.
My parents speak Spanish; my 8-year-old brother speaks English. Why aren’t there children’s books they can enjoy together?
On my first day of school, I wore a pink floral hijab. I didn’t realize it would make me a target.
Here’s what I want you to know about Chicago’s Wendell Phillips Academy High School.
While visiting historically Black campuses, I began to reimagine what my college experience could be.
I had advocated for new approaches to discipline. Then I benefitted from them.
I resented the expectation that I lead with my trauma. But trauma is not the only thing that defines me, and it’s not the only reason I deserve to go to college.
The realities of racism, poverty, food insecurity, and gun violence surprised me.
These six high school students will be writing essays about their lives and education.
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