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Doodling Can Actually Help Improve Your Focus

Throughout school, we’re constantly told to pay attention to our teachers, meaning we must sit up straight, eyes forward, without doing anything else except taking notes. Sleeping, talking and doodling are all actions that could garner a strict reprimand. While sleeping and talking are sure signs of not paying attention, and likely failure, doodling is something that may actually be more beneficial than we think. Personally, from middle school until now, I have always doodled

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Quoting John Lennon in Your Instagram Bio Isn’t Enough – Activism Through Social Media

In 2018, all the information in the world is at our fingertips. The news is a quick tap away, or even the flash of a notification; in an instant, millions of people know the most recent event or decision. With social media, millions have the opportunity to have an audience. Their audience may be their Grandma, or it may be 500,000 people that they have never met. There many benefits of social media in activism.

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Responsible Driving: A Spotlight on Ontario’s New Laws

We live in the age of multitasking, which without careful consideration, easily becomes the age of distraction. And with distraction, comes irresponsibility, in nearly any circumstance. However, the stakes for irresponsibility are heightened when it takes place with the operation of a motor vehicle. When drivers choose to go behind the wheel impaired, or with the intention of using their mobile devices, it is known fact that not only are they endangering their own safety, but

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How to Survive Waiting to Hear Back From Colleges

January means a New Year, but for high school seniors, it also means that the due dates for regular decision college applications are coming up. As an early action applicant for this year, I feel the need to give some advice to those of you who may spend the next couple of weeks (or months) stressing over if you’ll get in or not. Personally, I spent the time between sending in applications and hearing back

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The Real Life “Perfect” Memory: Hyperthymesia

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to remember all that you’ve ever experienced, in almost perfect detail? Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to remember everything your teacher went over during class, or what it was like being an infant? This is the astonishing reality for those living with hyperthymesia, but it’s not always as “bright and sunny” as it may seem. What is hyperthymesia? Hyperthymesia, also known as Highly Superior

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True Crime: The Mother Who Murdered Her Children

Editor’s Note: Explicit details have been omitted in this article. A complete description of Mitchelle Blair’s confession can be found here. After the discovery of a child who had been murdered, the last person anyone suspects is a parent. Parents are supposed to have unconditional love for their children; no matter what happens. What if a mother took the life of her child? If a parent has unconditional love for their own, there would be

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5 Reasons to Use Birth Control (Other Than Birth Control)

Studies show that nearly 66% of women of reproductive age use some form of birth control, whether it be condoms, the pill, patches, IUDs, or other methods. Hormonal forms of birth control act upon the endocrine system by releasing synthetic hormones that mimic the naturally-produced hormones estrogen and progesterone. While the primary reason for taking hormonal birth control is actual birth control, up to 14% of women who take it do so for other purposes.

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Here’s How to Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

We’ve all tried to make a shiny New Years resolution. And we’ve all pretty much failed at it. Losing weight and saving money are great resolutions for the New Year, but why do they never stick? What happens to, “New Year, new you?” Well for one, having a bad foundation for your resolution can be dreadful. Also, having unfocused goals is a recipe for disaster.  Yes, making a New Year’s resolution can be hard, but

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Should You Be Worried About the Aluminum In Your Deodorant?

If you’ve been keeping up with the health community, you’ve probably heard that aluminum in certain antiperspirants can lead to breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, this claim has exploded in popularity, and different versions of it have been iterated: 1) aluminum in the antiperspirants is absorbed by the skin, which then enters and becomes deposited in the brain, 2) the lymph nodes around the breast become clogged due to the non-release of sweat/toxins in

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Crowdfunding Medical Expenses Should Not Be The New Normal

The fact that thousands of Americans must rely on the generosity of their peers to scrape by shouldn’t be treated like a heartwarming phenomenon. We shouldn’t be glorifying stories of crowdfunding and normalizing the United States’ failure to provide for its citizens. Because this GoFundMe era is not a tale of goodwill; it is a horrifying chapter in a dystopian novel. In the U.S. today, it is estimated that over 27 million Americans are without

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