How I Got Radicalized

For years, I was an anonymous vigilante against their extreme hate

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Welcome to How I Got Radicalized, a series from GEN that tells the story of a cultural moment that made you drastically rethink how society works.

Gifted and Talented programs in New York City tend to be heralded for their educational and interpersonal benefits, however, what are the lasting mental and emotional effects these programs have on the children?


I’m currently a tutor at a tutoring center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I tutor English Language Arts, writing, early reading and comprehension, and some math. Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment because a big chunk of my clientele is current Gifted and Talented children and children preparing for Gifted and Talented testing.

Rather than looking at America’s student loan debt crisis as a monolith, this story examines the almost unending crisis from the point of view of four people.


One of the most known characterizations and similarities between Millennials and Generation Z is student loan debt. Where Millennials experienced the 2008 recession during the sunsets of their college experiences, pushing many of them to accrue more debt by applying for grad school, Generation Z is prepping for or just starting a future riddled with student loan debt in the hundreds of thousands.

Kaylin Dodson

journalist. artist. she/her. The New School Journalism+Design 2020

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