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Interview: Matt Hollis, Dedicated to Saving the Environment Through Company, Elytus

With brands like Starbucks taking initiative to decrease plastic use, many companies are finally making the transition to more environmentally friendly models; however, change can happen even in our own homes. Elytus is a company dedicated to helping brands like Whole Foods, Red Robin and Cinemark reduce their waste footprint and increase sustainability. I sat down with President Matt Hollis to get first-hand suggestions on how to do more for the environment. How’d you first

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You Don’t Need to Go Vegan to Save the World

A month has already passed since the U.N. announced that we have 12 years left to prevent climate change catastrophes around the world. If we don’t start acting now, countries will be under water, and heat and poverty as well as everything that comes with these will be prevalent in our lifetime. As many of you might have heard by now, everyone going vegan could make a massive impact in reducing greenhouse gases and saving

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How I Improved My SAT Score

Taking tests was always a struggle for me. I did well in school, but I always found myself running out of time when it came to testing. This was a big concern for me as I started to prepare for the SAT. I decided that I wasn’t going to study for the test and just see how I would perform.         When I got my first score back, I was disappointed. It was a decent

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Dear Teachers, Stop Trying to Make Me An Extrovert

Throughout my elementary and middle school years, the scrutiny on my shyness hung over my head like a storm anvil. My report cards were flawless but for that one comment that told me to ‘speak up,’ and my parents heard the same suggestion at every conference that it became a mantra we’d laugh about at the dinner table. In my mind, they were whispers that trailed behind me like accusing shadows. I’d always hoped that

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What Attending Online School is Really Like

Online, self-paced learning has been a topic of controversy in my family for a while now. I have a cousin that began taking online courses two years ago, and that was what sparked the topic of this strange form of education within my family. Many of the more traditional elders worried if he was getting the proper amount of education, whether he was developing socially, making and maintaining friendships, staying active and much more. So

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“Have You Tried The Frog?”: A Modern Look Into Alternative Medical Treatments

While Americans might be more familiar with the practices of modern medicine involving drugs, radiation and surgery to treat diseases, injuries and their symptoms, these are not the only methods that can be used to heal the body. Approximately 38 percent of adults in the U.S. have tried types of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), which is an umbrella term that includes practices like acupuncture, aromatherapy, yoga, naprapathy, herbal medicine and hypnosis.    Often times

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America is Covertly Profiting From School Shootings

You would think that with every incident of gun violence, there would be a push for policy. Instead, there’s only been a growth in profiting. In the wake of so many school shootings, security companies and defense associations have thoroughly increased their revenue after a boom in the industry. Instead of the demand in gun reform increasing, there’s only been a demand in security mechanisms for schools. While implemented with good intentions, the problem with

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Thrifting: The Right Way

The thrifting phenomena is no mystery to the average Millennial or Gen Z kid. Vintage, thrifted, retro, and even borrowed clothes are everything when it comes to developing personal style. It’s truly a great habit. Vintage clothes can become conversation pieces and allow for a more creative approach to self expression, as it is far less confining than purchasing from mainstream retailers– not to mention that thrifting is great for the environment. Reducing fast-fashion consumption

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Teens Are Chronically Stressed and Sleep Deprived

Wake up at 6 AM. Drive to school. Spend 8 hours in tough classes. Go to after school activities for 3 hours. Come home. Shower, eat, spend time with your family. Do homework and study. Get some sleep. Repeat. The daily routine of the conventional high school student consists of a jam-packed schedule that can be highly stressful and take up time that should be spent sleeping. According to The Journal of Adolescent Health, a

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Buying Innocence And A’s: Elitism At My Prep School

College preparatory schools—usually private—are often viewed as pretentious with their ridiculous tuition and fancy terms, such as “higher education.” As lavish as these environments might seem, the rules are very lenient. (Not when it comes to skirt length. No, administrators are adamant about girls’ dress code.) Rather, with the high education and tuition comes the obscenely high behavioral tolerance. Word gets around fast in a class of forty-five. I had just finished a biology test

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