king college prep

For Hadiya

The front door to our school bears an insignia:

“Through this portal, awaits your future”

Chicago has been lying to its children.

Your future, Hadiya, had barely begun

before you were gunned down in cold blood.

In our city, futures should not be spoken of.

False hope should not be indoctrinated.

Instead of futures that will never come, they should tell students the truth:

You are more likely than not

to be shot, or killed

(or to know someone who

gets shot, or killed)

before you turn 18

(but more likely by 16)

Yes, you will be 16 or 18 when you realize

That you have been lied to.

Prepare for it.

It’s easier that way.

And when your friends die, cry about it. Tweet about it. But you have to get over it soon because another one is coming before you know it.

(Don’t worry, it gets easier by the third or fourth time)

Instead of visiting colleges, start visiting funeral homes.

Buy black in bulk. You’ll need it.

Hadiya, I was one year older than you when I saw the first of my friends

get gunned down.

Similar to you, he was killed after school.

He was on a CTA bus home.

You, a bus shelter.

He was near his school

and you, sweet angel, you were near ours.

I told myself I’d never go to another teenage funeral.

I wish that I had been wrong.

Hadiya, we may never know who took you from us

But your death will not be in vain

We will not be quiet about this.

Armed guards won’t help this crisis.

I never met you, little sister.

But I will carry your name with me

as I carry Blair’s

and Trayvon’s.

I will remember your name on days when I’m tired of fighting

But little sister, sweet dear angel,

I wish so badly that I didn’t have to.

ATTENTION ATTENTION

Okay so you guys know how my high school senior class is trying to get chance the rapper to speak at our graduation, using the hashtag #chanceatchiarts ? WELL another high school by the name of King College Prep decided to steal our idea and do the same!! I need you guys’ help to HELP US GET HIM! WE ARE THE ONLY PUBLIC ARTS SCHOOL IN CHICAGO! PLEASE HELP US! Tweet @chancetherapper and use the #chanceatchiarts to get it trending! PLEASE!!!!


@complexmagazine @vicemag

Hello everyone!!

First of all I would like to say that I am so excited and also so happy to introduce my little studyblr! Well let me tell you who I am. My name is Zeynep and I am a Turkish girls who is going to start 10th grade in September. Because that I have studied one prep year, now I am going to study 10th grade instead of 11th.  My goal is to study medicine for now but I am a little bit confused about what will be my focus in the university. Anyway to talk about myself a little bit more I am very ambitious and perfectionist.  I like everything to be in the way that I want and I want to be the best -all the time- but I work so hard for it. So as I am that hardworking an also successful I decided to share my ambitious stories with you through this blog of mine. I hope you will like it! I will talk about myself more in the upcoming posts but within that time if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask me :) Btw, the first posts won’t be the photos of my working place because nowadays I am working on it so when it is ready I will immediately share it with you. Oh also the reason that I would like this blog to be in English is that I want to develop my English more and more ;)

So welcome ambitious queens & kings! It is a pleasure to share some things with you in the process of becoming the best version of ourselves!

Lots of love!!!

PS.This is probably my favourite working-place photo of all times, that’s why I wanted to start with it :)