People & Places

I never chose my race, other people did it for me

In the middle of ninth grade, my family moved from suburban Shoreview to St. Paul. I transferred to Arlington High School, a school with significantly fewer white kids, and more black and mixed-raced kids than I’d known before. The kids would make fun of me for things harder to change than my hair – my light skin, my suburban accent, my mostly Asian and white friends, and my punk style. They thought I acted like a white kid.

My parents had taught me all my life that I was black, but now, I was white.

Teen guide to 2009 Minnesota State Fair

The first Saturday of the Minnesota State Fair, six ThreeSixty reporters spread out to investigate how to have the most fun at the fair. They found ways to have fun with just $10, and scouted out the best freebies. They interviewed the latest “butter head,” 2009 Princess Kay of the Milky Way Elizabeth Olson, and reported on an outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus in the 4-H building that sent competitors home. And more!

Pineapple Express is a great example of the buddy comedy

“Pineapple Express” is nothing short of spectacular as far as buddy-comedy films go.

Sports fans love their teams, but sometimes love hurts

It’s 3:30 p.m. on the Friday before the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints NFC Championship game, and I’m in the car driving 19½ hours to New Orleans for the game.

Winter Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the four winners of our 2010 Winter Photo Contest!

We received more than 60 submissions of wonderful photos. Choosing our four winners wasn’t easy. Thank you to everyone who submitted. Photos were judged by ThreeSixty reporters, Director of Photography for St. Thomas University Relations Mike Ekern, ThreeSixty Marketing Manager Kate Borman and Youth Publications Editor Annie Nelson. Note: We had a very tough time deciding between the top two photos.

Exercise and nutrition tips from teen fitness expert

Poor diets affect teens significantly because they’re still developing and they could develop a dangerously slow metabolism or be overweight for the better part of their lives.

How to avoid credit cards' dangers

The college search is a big step for a teen. By the age of 17, not only are acceptance letters flooding your mailbox, but credit card applications are also sneaking their way in with the good news. In fact some of the applications come with pre-approved cards, embossed with your first and last name. It’s easy to feel important and rich, but it’s also dangerous.

Under the new federal law that takes effect in February, credit card companies can’t issue cards directly to anyone under 21. Instead, their parents or other adults must co-sign for the card, or teens must prove that they have sufficient income to pay off their debt.

Vampire love raising romantic standards for some "Twilight" fans

Emma Olson, a junior at St. Louis Park Senior High, broke up with her boyfriend after reading the “Twilight” series, a vampire romance that has become one of the most popular young-adult stories of the past few years.

“After reading the book I just felt that I deserved better than what I was getting from my boyfriend. I know what I want in a guy, now I just have to find him,” Olson said.

Essay: Diabetes diagnosis shocking and scary

Only five days before my 18th birthday, I was kind of happy about it, but I was feeling weird changes in my body: my mouth was very dry and I’d had vaginal infections. In the beginning, I wanted to think that that it wasn’t related to possibly having diabetes, but I kind of suspected it because I come from a diabetic family.

Essay: Teen vegetarian goes back to eating meat

I am an animal lover. When I see a worm on the sidewalk, I’ll pick it up and put it in dirt so it doesn’t get squished or dry out. I believe animals should have the same rights as humans, so for me, going vegetarian seemed to be a perfectly logical and easy decision.

My parents saw it differently, however. They thought I wouldn’t be able to get proper nutrition without the protein I got from eating meat.

Winter Photo Contest -- win $50, $30 or $20

Winter break is right around the corner and we have had our first big snowstorms. Grab your boots and hat, sled and ice skates — and a camera!

Take pictures of your favorite winter activity or scene and enter up to three photos in ThreeSixty’s first-ever photo contest. Win $50 for 1st place, $30 for 2nd and $20 for 3rd.

A teen’s first real car shopping experience

My MoneyTalk teammates, Mary and Ariel, and I, are not exactly experts on cars. None of us has owned a car so we wanted to get a first-hand experience with car buying. To be honest, I was pretty clueless about cars, and Ariel and Mary weren’t car-smart either. I was nervous about how we would be treated. I had also read several articles online about how car dealerships are out to deceive buyers.

Buying a Car: What Teens Need to Know

As newly licensed drivers, many teens are interested in buying their own car. But owning a car comes with many costs and responsibilities to keep in mind before you buy.

School lunch fruits and veggies unappetizing, say teens

Deep-fried food is no longer served at Central Senior High in St. Paul.

“The food nutrition people came and took out all our deep fryers! Did you know,” asked Wanda Christensen, the high school’s cafeteria supervisor. “Everything from now on, including our fries, (is) baked now.”

Eating fries instead of fruit makes you age faster, and not in a good way

Our parents have been trying to make us eat vegetables and fruits since birth to try and keep us healthy, but as we grow into our pre-teen and teen years, our parents start to let us have more choices of our own. One of these is choosing what we eat. It seems teens prefer bad foods, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ADD drugs? Not easy to take

As a ninth grader I forgot my trumpet at school, I forgot to turn in homework that I had worked on three hours the night before, and it took me two hours to memorize twenty Spanish vocabulary words. My handwriting was like a third graders’.

My name is Joe Heimerl. I am a junior at New Prague High School. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, better known as ADD.

Teen writers from LA, New York and ThreeSixty examine the challenges of staying in school

Inspired by President Obama’s challenge to teens – “dropping out is no longer an option” – ThreeSixty collaborates this month with youth journalism programs in Los Angeles and New York to examine that challenge from multiple perspectives.

Teens write about dropping out of school and returning. About aiming high and achieving. About schools that failed them and schools that saved them. About testing mania and good jobs that don’t require four years of college.

Two Twin Cities women escape abusive teen relationships

When a 17-year-old Carolyn Phillips, now 46, of Minneapolis, brought her new 19-year-old boyfriend, Rick, to meet her parents, he was charming and sweet. Carolyn’s mom was especially charmed by Rick. So when he started being abusive they were on his side.

“He would even take my mom out to breakfast every Saturday,” Carolyn said.

After about six months of dating, Rick started to get abusive. He didn’t start out hitting Carolyn. He punched walls and threw things and told Carolyn this was what she would get if she didn’t do exactly what he wanted.

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