Quiet Diaries

Quiet Diaries is our space for younger voices to post their perspectives on life. We hope you enjoy these smart, introspective kids and teenagers as much as we do! Thanks to Writopia Lab for providing several of our talented writers as well as guiding their work toward publication.

Quiet Diaries

By Alina Leholm

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Finding My Voice in English

Open up to be understood.

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Quiet Diaries

By Elias Roessler

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Two Countries, Three Schools, and New Friends

Fitting in on your terms.

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Quiet Diaries

By Malahni Banta

Silent Protests Are Still Protests

Speaking up—the introvert’s way.

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Quiet Diaries

By Annelie Hyatt

Social Ease and the Ambivert

Maybe it’s a human thing.

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Quiet Diaries

By Emma Yang

The Battle of the Dinner Table

How one family grew to understand each other better… bite by bite.

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Quiet Diaries

By Miranda Johnson

Fish follow the Leader

The Qualities of an Introverted Leader

Beware: introversion can lead to popularity!

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Quiet Diaries

By Amanda Slate

High school girls sitting with their books

Starting High School: Advice From an Insider

High school is like a dress rehearsal. Make mistakes, and learn from them.

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Quiet Diaries

By Kaley Mamo

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My Journey to Autonomy

How do you break the chains of conformity?

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Quiet Diaries

By Malahni Banta

Mother and daughter shadows

Mom, I Got My Attitude from You (and That’s Not a Bad Thing!)

From where (or whom) did you get your personality?

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Quiet Diaries

By Amanda Slate

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A Thinker in a World of Talkers

Sometimes you must defy cultural norms to live an authentic life.

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Quiet Diaries

By Emma Yang

Library

The Library

Having fun in a company of quiet souls and in a quietest place of all—the library.

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Quiet Diaries

By Emma Yang

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What Matters?

How one introvert drowned out the critics and listened to her own voice.

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Quiet Diaries

By Daisy Gumin

Girl Jumping on the beach | The Day it Became Good to Be Me

The Day It Became Good to Be Me

I don’t think I was meant to be a kid. I never felt like one.

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Quiet Diaries

By Malahni Banta

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A Clear Knack for Being Awesome: Introducing Quiet Diarist Malahni Banta

I get to spend extended periods of time writing about nonexistent people, and not being considered crazy! I’m living the dream.

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Quiet Diaries

By Annelie Hyatt

Girl sitting on the grass reading

Don’t Read So Much: A Poem

Is there something wrong with me enjoying a story/Feeling what the character feels, trying to live with them/Is it wrong for me to try to escape from reality for a bit?

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Quiet Diaries

By Kaley Mamo

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Using Focus to Help Ideas Become Reality

Sometimes, I find myself thinking too much. In school, between worksheets and quizzes, there’s always a few minutes that can be filled in a multitude of ways.

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Quiet Diaries

By Daisy Gumin

girl looking at the campfire

Busting a Flame

I wasn’t getting any closer to starting a fire, and my fear of being a failure was now turning me into a procrastinating, perfectionist failure, which is worse; at least it feels worse.

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Quiet Diaries

By Jake Millman

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Learning to be a Quiet Leader

I’ve discovered that despite the thoughts of my sixth-grade history teacher, quiet leadership is not an oxymoron.

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Quiet Diaries

By Kaley Mamo

Girl writing in journal

Meet Kaley Mamo

It was an awakening to find what fit me deep down in my core, what sent adrenaline coursing through my veins, and what made my soul feel electrified.

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Quiet Diaries

By Jake Millman

Boy reading in the hall

Meet Jake Millman

In high school, I feared that quiet kids might be bullied or at least undervalued, but I believed in myself, and when our Dean announced class president elections, I felt compelled to run.

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Quiet Diaries

By Annelie Hyatt

Diary in grass with phone

Meet Annelie Hyatt

I know I’m not the first person to go through this. To not feel smart enough or strong enough or extroverted enough.

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