The Most Moving Personal Essays You Needed To Read In 2015
In no particular order, here are just a few of the many fantastic personal essays we published across BuzzFeed in 2015.
Bob Plantenberg wrote a heartbreaking account of the summer he was 23, needed a job, and found it working with Scooter — a 21-year-old man with autism who needed full-time support. He learned just how unprepared our society is for the half million people diagnosed with autism who are becoming adults.
Sarah Mathews moved from Oman to the United States as a teenager. What she and her family went through in order to stay here, legally, will make you think hard about the reality of immigration in this country.
Raquel Willis wrote about the trials of looking for love in a world where trans women are taught to feel grateful for any scrap of affection and made to fear for their safety.
When Ramona Emerson left New York City and moved back into her parents’ house on a tiny island in the Puget Sound, she found out that people who aren’t in their twenties do seem to understand some things more clearly.
In which Ella Sackville Adjei discovers, to her regret, that racists don’t wear badges – especially on a sweaty dance floor on a Greek island.
When Susan Cheng was growing up, being one of the few Asians in her school was hard enough. Working at her parents’ Chinese restaurant didn’t make it any easier.
What do you do when you can't make a living as an adjunct professor? Get a job bagging groceries. A tale of trying to be middle class in today’s America, from Matt Debenham.
Kaye Toal explained why anyone who really wants to understand what’s at stake in the debate over abortion should spend some time outside the places where it happens.
No, Saeed Jones is not happy to “just be here.” Racism doesn’t vanish the moment you set foot into the ivory towers and glittering soirees of the literati.
For Katie Herzog, marijuana wasn’t a gateway to harder drugs. It was an exit ramp from her addiction to alcohol.
Alanna Okun achieved a victory over her own anxiety by finally letting the ticking clock run down in her favorite video game.
After years of copying other people’s snacks and fending off unsolicited diet advice, Katie Heaney wrote about finally figuring out what she wants to be eating.
In 2005, Sandra Allen won the High School Mock Trial National Championships. Ten years later, she returned to nationals to try to make sense of what that victory meant — and what this competitive celebration of our legal system even is.
Mira Jacob made an impassioned case for why the future of publishing needs to represent the world we live in, and all the colors of people in it.
When Zayn Malik left One Direction, Mackenzie Kruvant found unexpectedly meaningful friendships in the community of women who make up the 1D fandom.
Lauren Paul's dad is old and white; she is young and brown. It’s often been more complicated than it should be.
Sara Bivigou wrote vividly about the complicated reality of living with sickle cell, and everything she does to feel normal in spite of her sickness.