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Hating Hate

Serena Mao Being disliked isn’t a pleasant feeling: humans are inherently social creatures, and we all like approval and validation from others. However, a fear of being disliked often causes us to become increasingly cautious, afraid that any minute detail in our …

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Letting Go

Serena Mao No one lives life without mistakes, regrets, or failures. At some point in time, something is bound to go awry. It might be a stroke of bad luck, or an impulsive decision that appears to be nonsense in retrospect. No …

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Trade War

Serena Mao In the midst of the tense US-China trade war, markets have been taking a hit. Indeed, the US economy has been showing multiple signs of a potential recession, including the dramatic inversion of the yield curve. Due to the ever …

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Free Will?

Serena Mao People have always believed that a defining feature of humans is their ability to make autonomous decisions. Whatever forks in the road they are faced with, they can theoretically make individual choices regarding their future course of action. But as …

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The Rise of White Nationalism

Serena Mao Mass shootings in the US just seem to keep coming. Recently, the second mass shooting occurred in El Paso, Texas. And after we tend to those affected by this massacre, we must take a step back and consider the intent …

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Social Media

Serena Mao Teenagers in the modern age have an unsettling obsession with social media. However, the problem isn’t the fact that their eyes are always glued to their phone. Rather, the biggest detriment of social media is the obsession with validation and …

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Democratic Debates

Serena Mao Over the past few weeks, America has been caught in the whirlwind we know as the 2020 democratic presidential debates. With four nights over a total of two rounds already completed, the world has seen the presidential candidates’ policies, values, …

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How to Argue

Everyone gets into arguments at some point in their lives: it’s impossible for one to interact with others without once disagreeing. And although these arguments can be professional or petty, it’s the ones that are the most personal and close to our …

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Structural Advantage

Success always seems to be trailing right behind the ones with the money. In numerous fields and events, coming from a relatively wealthy background can provide a significant head start. Some activities are intrinsically elitist––for instance, you can only code if you …

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The Rise of White Nationalism

Serena Mao Mass shootings in the US just seem to keep coming. Recently, the second mass shooting occurred in El Paso, Texas. And after we tend to those affected by this massacre, we must take a step back and consider the intent …

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