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The Truth About Discrimination in the College Admissions Process

In 2015, 64 Asian-American groups filed a complaint against Harvard University for what they claimed to be discrimination in the college admissions process. Some may argue that the groups are simply creating a rationale for getting rejected from the institution, but the numbers don’t lie. Many of the enraged previous Asian-American applicants sported nearly perfect SAT scores, played multiple instruments, were named captains of their sports teams and participated in numerous extracurricular activities. With such a resume, one

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The Pressures of Education in Europe and the U.S.

This week in my AP Spanish class, we talked about the differences between universities in Spanish-speaking countries versus the ones in North America. For example, campus life in Spanish universities practically doesn’t exist, as opposed to universities in the U.S. When choosing colleges, one of the main focuses for many seniors in high school is the campus. Is it big or small? Is it safe? How’s the social life on campus? In Portugal and all


Men Are Invited to Speak At Top U.S. Universities More Frequently Than Women

A recent study found that men made up 69% of colloquium speakers at top U.S. universities, compared to 31% of women. For the study, researchers built a database of every colloquium speaker from six different departments: biology, bioengineering, political science, history, psychology and sociology from the top 50 U.S. universities. The study estimated the full pool of available speakers by listing every professor in the chosen fields working at the top 100 U.S. universities and


Corbyn vs. May: Using Maths to Find the More Eloquent Speaker

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are, as of now, the two towering figures that seem to dominate politics in the United Kingdom. May and Corbyn – the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition respectively – have, in their careers, endeavored to master the art of speeches, political campaigning, and persuasive language. This art, however, is not by any necessity unscientific. The truth, in fact, is the opposite. A politician can completely alter the manner

Mental Health

The Mental Health Epidemic in Schools is Damaging Our Youth

School. This word represents something different for every individual. Whether it brings feelings of excitement, stress, loneliness or contentment, it always has meaning and sentimental value. For so many, myself included, it triggers deep-rooted issues that started when school first became one of the biggest chunks of our lives. There are 74.5 million student citizens in the U.S. and around 17.1 million of them have mental illnesses; more than the number of children with cancer,


Kenya’s IMpower Program Helps Fight Gender-Based Violence

Kenya’s rape culture is rarely discussed in the news, but it is a very serious and emerging problem in the country. Back in 2016, it was said that there are at least 300 rapes in Kenya a day that are actually reported, while the unreported rape amount was left unknown. The problem stems from the fact that in Kenya, rape culture is very much normalized and it is common to hear rape jokes among men.

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4 Major Pros of Online Schooling

Whether it be online schooling or traditional home school, there is a quite a stigma behind being educated from home. A lot of people talk about the negatives they imagine coming out of homeschooling, some of which may be true, but many are purely pre-formed judgments and assumptions. As a student who does her schooling online, I’d like to share the biggest advantages I have experienced from being educated at home. Work with a more

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Is My Culture Dying? Second Generation Anxiety

From birth, I’ve had to wrestle growing up with my American and Indian cultures. My entire family is made up of immigrants, but I was born in the United States. I am a citizen and the U.S. is my home. Growing up, I was extremely ashamed of my Indian culture and would refrain from telling any of my school friends that I was a Hindu, practiced Kuchipudi Dance, celebrated ethnic holidays at my temple often and


What the U.S. Can Learn From Canada’s Ruthlessly Pragmatic Immigration Policy

Immigration policy has been in the spotlight for the past couple of years and U.S. President Donald Trump’s increasingly inflammatory rhetoric about immigration has sparked nationwide debate over the fate of America’s future immigrants. Arguments over immigration are increasingly more extreme: more immigration is an immense threat to national security or illegal immigration is not intrinsically a problem and there should be no policies that expand immigration enforcement. Both are unrealistic and uninformed views on how the

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Net Neutrality Protests Are Happening All Over America

With 4 more days until Federal Communications Commission (FCC) kills  net neutrality, protestors are doing what they can to keep net neutrality going. From petitions to protests, the fight for net neutrality is a united one. Net neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally.    On December 7, 2017 I attended a protest in front of the Verizon building in Bryant Park. The protest was safe and productive. We

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