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I Quit Social Media For a Month – Here’s What’s Happened

In the midst of my junior year of high school, feeling both overwhelmed and stressed with the decisions I would soon have to make – college, majors, roommates, financial aid plans – and all of the work it would take me to get there – perfect SAT scores, AP exams, a 4.0 GPA, stellar extracurriculars – I looked for a way to make it easier, and to take care of my own mental health during

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Is Social Media Forcing Teens Into Unhealthy Relationships?

The ever-present red heart emoji can be found in Instagram bios of teens and even children around the world, often accompanied by a “mention” of their significant other’s relationship. This is simply another way of expressing one’s caring for another person, just like a card, t-shirt or tattoo. It might, however, be one calling card of an interesting effect social media can have on teens around the world. According to Pew Research Center, 44% of

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Sexual Exploitation of Children – An Issue That is Often Ignored

“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”  -Dietrich Bonhoeffer Before we begin, I just want to say, this is a hard topic to talk about. I never thought I’d ever feel the need to write about it, because well, I never knew it existed. But only with knowledge and awareness can we create change. So please keep reading because all these children out there getting abused and

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Bound To Happen: The Changing Role of America’s Public Libraries

Do kids even go to the library anymore? It’s easy to assume that the relevancy of public libraries in America would diminish in the age of memes, Fortnite and information whenever and however you want it. However, that is not the case at all. Libraries are rapidly changing from stuffy, quiet rooms run by strict librarians to unique, high-tech and efficient centers for community and resources. The archetype of a library is a one-story building

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Energy Drinks Are Bad for Us. Why Are We Still Drinking Them?

Energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement (besides multivitamins) consumed by teenagers and young adults. They deliver a rush of caffeine, often ranging from 80 mg to 200 mg per serving, which provides a surge of energy and increased mental performance. Oftentimes, energy drinks are taken to aid in late-night study sessions, drowsy driving and night shifts. Although they may be helpful in the short-term, they can have lasting negative impacts on overall health.

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High Class Education or High Class Fraud?

Recently, one of the largest college cheating scandals in American history was unveiled, and who’s to blame? “A catalog of wealth and privilege,” Andrew Lelling, the US attorney for Massachusetts, tells CNN news. From the years 2011 to 2019, it was revealed that a plethora of wealthy citizens had been paying for their kid’s spot at top schools around the nation. Through schemes, bribery and fraud, countless wealthy parents bought their kids a way into

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The Power of Journalism: ‘The Scoop’ Interns Express Passion for Writing

Many teenagers today join organizations to meet people with the same interests: sports, arts, or music. Despite the popular assemblies, some teens are enthralled with writing and the power of words. They believe that they could change the world by reporting issues in the news. In the island of Guam, The Scoop is an organization that consists of teen reporters who are interns for the Guam Daily Post. Ranging from entertaining to serious topics, the

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College Homelessness, Hunger and Lack of Healthcare are Epidemics

For students battling the ever-increasing costs of college tuition, many are forced to choose between higher education, and their physical wellbeing. It’s alarming that a growing number of students are opting for the less obvious choice, school, over livelihood. Almost as alarming as the fact that, on a systemic level, virtually nothing is being done to combat this. Too often college students have become the subject of jokes, usually for the way they have to

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