The moves that my school has made provides a starting point for discussions about transgender students, and the unique issues we face when approaching college. While I am forever grateful to be able to avoid being deadnamed in my school system, I can’t help but feel as if a plan must be put into place providing school systems with the proper limits, boundaries, and resources to create an environment that’ll allow us to succeed like our peers. Performing at the best possible level is the only thing a student...
We live in a society where we are constantly comparing ourselves to those around us. This is especially true in high school, where teens are especially vulnerable to insecurities. I feel like I am constantly asking myself: Am I smart enough? Am I talented enough? It’s no wonder that students at my school were so anxious to find out their class ranks, to have a definitive number that told them where they stand among their peers.
Studying the work of cultural critic Edward Said and his seminal theory of Orientalism should become, in my opinion, a rite of passage for every student. Many students at New York University Abu Dhabi, my current place of study, agree that the prevalence of Said’s ideas on Orientalism is so enmeshed within the fabric of our curricula that it may be regarded an academic tradition – and rightly so, I say. Even if Said’s text
Studying is an essential component to being successful when it comes to academics. A test left unstudied is like a promise left unfulfilled. But studying isn’t as easy as one would think. Some students don’t understand the topics or are in need of extra help, or simply don’t know the right way to study at all. That’s where study resources come in. These sources are individualized learning guides that are meant to aid students in
Navigating the world whilst being a transgender teenager can be hard, especially in school. Not only must we come to terms with and figure out our gender, but we are also expected to somehow deal with transphobia and cisnormativity and still maintain high grades and performance. It’s hard sometimes just getting out of bed and going to school when the world is constantly telling us that we’re deceitful Peeping Toms who are all mentally ill as a result of
First off, there’s a specific point that needs to be made. Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes serve a similar purpose with different techniques: pushing a more intensive curriculum for students who want a higher level education. With all the information about to be thrown at you, understand that neither of these are better or worse than the other. What makes an education less beneficial is how that student utilizes the information. Every teacher you
It’s that time of the year, in my high school, when all the applications necessary for running for student leadership are due. Everywhere you turn, it seems that students are scrambling to get the signatures and support they need to fill out all of their applications. And though the thought of putting yourself out there can be quite daunting, it is something that I personally believe will be one of the best choices of my
Many students in high school and college or higher level education face a larger amount of stress than medically recommended. Staying on top of your work can become difficult when students are stressed about school and other outside factors. Excessive amounts of stress on students can become harmful to their health and personal relationships. Some teenagers and young adults are more stressed about schoolwork than adults are stressed in general. So, I present a remedy
If you had asked six-year-old me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer would be a writer. I spent years scribbling down my ideas on lonely visits to my Grandma’s house, and my family would have to drag me away from my notebook and tempt me with, “do you want to watch The Parent Trap?” because I got so carried away. All I wanted to do was tell stories. I had no idea that my
Just over three years ago, the Philippines implemented their new K to 12 program, which is basically the same program that all countries follow except for Angola and Djibouti. With this new program, students are given a choice to choose from the Academic, Sports, Arts and Technical-Vocational-Livelihood tracks; however, some Philippines schools only offer the Academic track. This track has four strands underneath it: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM); Humanities