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Stop the Hype: White Girls aren’t “Evolving”

If you’ve been on Twitter at all recently, you’ve been seeing the plethora of videos of teenage girls dancing to popular rap songs, seemingly always in a volleyball uniform. Now, under normal circumstances, there would be nothing particularly annoying about these tweets. I’m not one to object to people doing what they feel like doing. Dancing is fun, if you want to dance, do it! Not gonna hear any complaints from me. However, many people

Express Yourself, Mental Health, Real Life

No, You Aren’t About To Go ‘Pyscho’

Please stop fetishizing mental illnesses. The word ‘pyscho’ is not an adjective.  It is a shortened version of the word ‘psychopath’. Psychopathy is  “a mental disorder in which an individual manifests amoral and antisocial behaviour, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.” So no, you’re not about to go ‘psycho’ or ‘psych the F*** out’. Recently, I’ve been seeing an annoying amount of women

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The Bitter Truth About Your Favorite Fast Fashion Brands

I’m going to be completely honest with you: I like fast fashion. Actually, I love fast fashion. I’ve spent copious amounts of my spare time going through websites of some of the most common fast fashion brands, gushing over some of the clothes and accessories they have to offer. For a while I tried turning a blind eye to what I knew were ethical issues that existed well within many of the brands. Ignorance is

International, Real Life

Another Day, Another School Shooting

Word has been released that there was a school shooting at Alpine High School in western Texas today. Two people were wounded, and the shooter shot herself in the bathroom amidst all the chaos. We don’t know much more about this incident as of yet, as not many details have been released, but what we do know is there has been another school shooting. Two more people have been injured, one is dead, and countless

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The Push to Attend A UC Fill in the Blank

  Ah yes, the leaves are falling, the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are in the hands of many and the sweaters are out of storage. Tis’ the season, for the long awaited college applications process.  Every high school senior has been dreading this painstakingly stressful time, and some by bad judgement, are leaving it for the last minute. We can’t really prepare for it, we can only do what we know. And that is panic. So

Real Life

How Beauty Standards Impacted My Childhood

We live in a society that places a lot of emphasis on a person’s outward appearance. There is always going to be that longing feeling of being pretty. Many girls go through wanting to feel like they are beautiful. Even the people who you would not expect to have a similar feeling to you. “Mama said, ‘You’re a pretty girl. What’s in your head, it doesn’t matter.’” I have a longing feeling to be beautiful.

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You Don’t Need to Get Into a “Prestigious” University to be Successful

With college application season in full swing, the familiar buzz of stressed-out seniors has returned to high schools all over the nation. Personal statements, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and extracurriculars are now topics of discussion during lunch. This is all pretty typical. However, in those lunch discussions, there’s been an increasing tendency of me hearing people say things along the lines of “I need to get into at least one Ivy!” or “You’re

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To Liberal Arts Majors: A Note of Encouragement

  Sometimes I feel as though college is more stressful for creatives than it is for other majors. Most STEM majors feel at ease about finding a job in a economic climate that weighs so heavily in their favor. But for the liberal arts kids– we’re often at a loss. What in the world are we going to do with a degree that most people scoff at? How will we make our mark while also

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Where is Home For An American Born Chinese?

Home seems like a concept easy enough to pinpoint – it’s where your family and friends are, where you smell the pungent aroma of fried onions coming home, where you celebrate birthday milestones, where the culture and people there shape you as you grow. That’s what I had defined home as, ever since I was a young girl, until in the fourth grade I learned I was moving. To China. Now given that I’m American Born

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Marilyn Manson Defends Johnny Depp

In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Marilyn Manson has shared his thoughts on the public divorce proceedings between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Manson claimed that Depp was ‘crucified’ by the media, and described the process as ‘bullsh*t.’ The musician and actor also stated that he would not agree with the claims of abuse made against Depp, if he was asked to testify as a witness in court. Manson told The Daily Beast

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