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Real Life

How Her Relationship With a Virtual College Advisor Led Vanessa Toro to Emory University

The college application and decision process can be difficult and confusing, especially without guidance, which is why CollegePoint emphasizes the importance of a student and advisor relationship. One such duo, Vanessa Toro and Natural Baptiste, are an instance of a perfect match. Vanessa and Natural were paired when Vanessa was a high school junior in Land O’ Lakes, Florida and Natural was a freshman at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Vanessa first heard

Real Life

How CollegePoint is Changing the College Admissions Game for High-achieving, Low Income Students

No sooner had I pressed the call button, than Oge’s brilliant smile lit up my screen. She radiated confidence and bliss, and I found myself grinning right alongside her as she detailed her summer agenda. As a rising sophomore at the College of William and Mary (WM), Ogechukwu Okali is already knee-deep in lab research investigating social trends, including everything from implicit bias in in-group and out-group members to the consistency and severity of school-assigned

International

World Oceans Day: Reducing Pollution to Preserve Marine Life

As global warming and climate change become major problems of our society, it is relevant to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8. Acting as the lungs of our planet, the oceans give us the majority of the oxygen we breathe. The international day’s purpose is to make people aware of their impacts on the ocean—creating a universal movement centered on the preservation of various oceans. Having a sense of unity, the event enables individuals

Op-ed

Does Martin Luther King Jr.’s Alleged Hypocrisy Outweigh His Contribution To The Civil Rights Movement?

Despite Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against discrimination in the 1960s, a current report stated that a secret FBI recording depicted the civil rights activist having an affair with 40 women and watching a pastor sexually assaulting another. Meant to be opened in 2027, the tapes were disclosed—holding recordings from King’s hotel rooms in the 1960s. The bugs were situated in the rooms because King’s aide, Stanley Levison, was accused of being a Communist. According

Feminism

In Sexism’s Pocket: What’s Up With Women’s Pants?

Watching my girlfriend struggle to hold on to her phone while putting on her backpack, I didn’t hesitate to ask: “Why don’t you just put it in your pocket?” Needless to say, this kicked off a very educational discourse about pockets that didn’t end until she got on the bus home, phone still in hand. I was aware that this was a recurring theme in women’s clothing (full disclosure: I’m a cis guy), but I

Race

The Origins of Black History Month: A Look To How Far We’ve Come

It is February, one of the most awe-inspiring months of the year. It is this month that the nation comes together to celebrate Black History Month! It is in this month that we take the time to appreciate the pioneers that have made an impact on our history and our culture. African Americans around the country look to our ancestors to remember how they themselves influenced a culture. We recognize the brave individuals that have

Real Life

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.

Race

There’s No Such Thing as “Not Black Enough”

In such a racially polarized environment, you’d think that people of the same color are more likely to stick together as a people. It’s obvious to recognize that this just isn’t true. In America, and other parts of the world, Black people take part in a society that doesn’t want much to do with them. We’ve faced centuries of discrimination and decades of segregation. We’ve been subject to all types of tortures and hardships. We’ve

Race

What We Need To Remember This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and everyone is surely excited for the upcoming four-day weekend, stuffing ourselves with food and spending time with friends and family. This holiday, celebrated every November, is a commemoration of the arrival of the pilgrims in the New World during 1621 and their historic, peaceful celebration with the Native Americans. But is it really? Though we associate Thanksgiving with a literal buffet of wholesome festivities and concepts, there are

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