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What New Year’s Celebrations Look Like Around the World

New Year’s traditions vary greatly from place to place but one thing that is consistent is the idea that the New Year is a time to spend time with your loved ones and work on your flaws to become a better person. So many live in their own little bubble and the beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity to try to immerse yourself in other cultures and become a more well rounded,

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Opinion: High School Doesn’t Prepare Teens For Adulthood

While in school, how many times do you find yourself asking somebody, “When will I ever use this in life?” When you’re sitting in Algebra and are told to find the slope of an equation in standard form, do you groan and tell your teacher that learning this has no purpose? You’re probably right. Unless you’re going to become an engineer or a computer programmer, odds are you won’t need any math skills beyond basic


New Gun Legislation Should Have Been Passed Sometime in the Last Five Years

On Dec. 14, 2012, America was shocked when 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed a total of 28 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. After this horrific event, many parents, congressmen and legislators gathered together to enforce stricter gun laws — laws that would have prevented something like this from happening. It seemed like common sense, right? Previous mass shootings like Columbine, Aurora and Virginia Tech raised the issue of gun control as the years went on

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4 Tips of Advice For Your Last Year of High School

Just like it does every year, summer flew by and school is close to being in session. I remember my first day of my last year in high school, I was so excited yet scared all at once. Excited because it’s senior year! Not only do you rule the school, but you have your prom, trips, and loads of senior activities coming up! However, it’s quite scary to be a senior because it’s your LAST year


Should We Question The College Status-Quo?

College or university may not be as universal of an experience nowadays as it used to be a decade ago due to the development and the immense unimaginable leap of the internet and the opportunities it has brought our way, but it remains to be a milestone held with high regard and, let’s not forget, a massive business enterprise. Going to college was my so-called “dream” for as long as I could remember. Growing up


An Open Letter to Betsy DeVos: Do Better

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware of the complete horror show which is Trump’s administration. You are also aware of what a fantastic job Betsy DeVos has been doing as the Secretary of Education (sarcasm). I find it quite ironic how on her website it states, “Betsy has been a national leader in the fight to boldly reform America’s broken education system” when it seems that nothing she has done has

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Things to Not Do During College Admissions

As it nears 11:59 on this May 1st, seniors everywhere are sending in their deposits to enroll at the college of their choice next year, and the college admissions season comes to an end for the Class of 2021. Everyone deserves to celebrate this huge milestone, as we pass the torch onto the Class of 2022, and their future endeavors. These are just some things I learned along the way as starting apps, furiously writing


Everyone Has a Future That Is Promised

You are your own person. You should never look at what anyone else is doing, focus on your own path because your own path is never going to be the same as someone else’s. You have to be the best version of yourself, you can’t compete with anyone. “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Step by step you can get to where you want to be, but the only person entirely who is stopping you,

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Tanishq Abraham: The 13-Year Old Who Is Defying the Odds

Tanishq Abraham is a 13-year old Indian-American child prodigy. He has achieved a large sum of accomplishments that many well beyond his age could only ever dream of-and that is only in the short time that he has lived. He was accepted into American River College-a community college in Sacramento, California-at the young age of 7. It was in this college that he graduated top of his class and earned three associates degrees. These degrees

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