Battling Beauty Standards

Elisa Carter stands, at first covering her midriff and eventually embracing it. As Carter has learned to reject beauty standards, she has grown more comfortable with her body.
Societal expectations for beauty can impact self-esteem
December 2, 2020

In today’s world you are taught to hide the “ugly” parts about you. Now, your parents didn’t sit you down and tell you to cover and change everything about you, at least mine didn’t. I learned...

All Too Easy

A woman stares at a screen in monochromatic shades. As technology grows more important in our daily lives, it becomes harder and harder to find life outside of its addictive grasp.
Exposing our regression when we allow social media to overtake our lives
November 20, 2020

When our normal lives closed for months on end, a new life opened, one of social media. And though it had been used for decades prior to COVID, the long hours at home passing in monotony led to an increase...

The Jokes Need to Stop

A paper doll is surrounded by jokes about suicide. Thoughtless comments about suicide trigger pain to those suffering from suicide loss.
Why jokes about suicide aren't funny
November 20, 2020

Four years ago my mom answered a phone call. I was sitting across from her when I first heard cries through the phone. Her dad committed suicide. From there, and through the chaotic events that still follow,...

If It’s Broke, Don’t Break it More

Students stay in school and receive a normal education, but at what costs? Masks save lives just as much as quarantining does.
Our current contact tracing system has its flaws, but the new proposed system is significantly worse
November 19, 2020

Let’s say, hypothetically, there was a virus spreading across the world killing over 200,000 Americans with no end in sight. Hypothetically speaking, it would be safe to assume that precautions would...

Up Next, Underrepresentation

Headlines from newsources Deadline, CBC, Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter show a small portion of the amount of diverse shows Netflix has canceled.
Netflix continues to cancel their shows with diversity and representation, but at what cost?
November 10, 2020

As someone who has a sister who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, nothing makes me happier than seeing her smile as she animatedly describes a new TV show or movie she’s found with characters she...

Biden: A New Era of Promise

Biden speaking at a rally in Missouri, pre-covid. Biden is currently the president-elect.
A win for the Democrats; a victory for democracy
November 9, 2020

Murmurs of Nevada, Georgia, and Pennsylvania littered the hallways, classrooms, and lives of us all this past week. Taking a quick scan of any classroom revealed at least one phone displaying a map of...

Comfort in Offensive Content

A girl pulls back her eye for the fox-eye trend compared to a geniune Asian eye. Trends like these, to the Asian community, seem like a way to mimic their inherited eyes. Even though they endured years of ridicule, when models do it they are beautiful.
Unsympathetic users have found a platform for derogatory trends
November 9, 2020

People take comfort in the anonymity platforms offer. It serves as a shield against real repercussions. As a result, people have crossed the lines multiple times at the expense of hurting thousands, if...

If Black Lives Really Matter, the Justice System Must Change

A poster with names of Black people killed by the police and a Black power fist, captioned “say their names.” Signs such as this have been used at protests to express dissatisfaction with police brutality and systemic racism in the justice system.
Major police reform is necessary in ending police brutality and racism aimed at Black people
June 25, 2020

In the middle of the night on March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician, lay in her bed. As she slept, three plainclothes police officers carried out a no-knock search warrant,...

Volunteering During a Pandemic

A volunteer is pictured packing food into grocery bags to go to a
Personal insight on what it is like volunteering to pack food during the COVID-19 outbreak.
May 12, 2020

To be honest, when my mom first asked me if I would be interested in helping out with packing food bags with Calvary Church (the church I’ve been going to since birth), I was kind of confused. Weren’t...

Don’t Equate Emotions

Every brain is different. This causes us to receive and process events and emotions differently than others.
Why emotions aren’t meant to be compared
May 4, 2020

Everybody has their own personal struggles and flaws; that’s the human condition. Not everybody feels as though they can express the emotions associated with those struggles and flaws; that’s human...

Bullet Journals and Why Anyone Can Use Them

Honey, Honey: this is the May cover page with the bees and honeycombs design
With the trying times at hand, a newer way of organizing and manifesting one's life and goals, plus its benefits, are explained
April 29, 2020

We all have habits: good ones we want to keep, and bad ones we want to eliminate. For pretty much forever, people have been trying to fix themselves, and of course, I of all people don’t fall short of...

College Board Con

“Mr. Moneybags” greedily grasps a bag of cash. Similarly, the College Board takes as much money from students as possible, doing everything from overcharging students in the first place to instituting fees for students who don’t have the financial resources to pay for exams in November.
The College Board exacerbates exam costs and exploits children for money
April 27, 2020

In early November, I sat in Ms. Fay’s classroom as she gave the class a casual reminder for us to sign up for our AP exams. A few days later, I noticed my peers carefully checking over their forms and...

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