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The College Culture

By Serena Mao Forget poverty, unemployment, or climate change––the youth of America today are obsessed with getting into college. From maintaining that 4.0 GPA to becoming president of countless clubs, the list is endless. Knowing that colleges want people who are committed, …

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To Remember

By Serena Mao We have an interesting tendency to take pictures of everything that catches our interest. A birthday party? Click. Eating salad for dinner? Click. Got a dog? Of course, click. It’s become a habit. When anything different from the norm …

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The Media’s Impact

Serena Mao In this technology-ridden world, we are surrounded by the media; in fact, we depend on it. Through data and articles published on various news networks and the information spread through social media, we depend on third party sources around us …

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Fake It Til You Make It

Serena Mao In Greek mythology, Pygmalion was a sculptor who never liked a single living woman. One curious day, however, he fell in love with one for a first time–––thought it was only a wondrous female statue of his own creation. He …

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High School Debate

Serena Mao “Is everyone ready?” “If so, time can start…now.” The words begin flowing smoothly out of his mouth, a carefully constructed case about the capital gains tax and its abolishment. He’s in a high school debate round, part of an activity …

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Abolish the Capital Gains Tax

Serena Mao The capital gains tax in America is a tax on, well, capital gains: in other words, when you buy something and sell for a higher price, the money you earn is subject to capital gains tax. Investments in American are …

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Dangers of Senior Living

Ning Luo “Now every room is mine, and I can do as I please,” Ito said. “But it’s no good” (Onishi, 2017). A simple complaint from Chieko Ito, an 83 year old elder who lives alone in Tokiwadaira, nonetheless reflects the urging …

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Pardoning the President

By Serena Mao Special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation has recently taken a step into dangerous waters. In May 2017, Mueller took control of the inquiry on Russia’s potential intervention in the 2016 election, as well as any Russian connections to the …

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Lower the Voting Age

By Jenny (Jiayi) Wang In our country, the political landscape is constantly changing. People naturally possess different perspectives, and citizens often argue about how events happen and the resulting methods of improvement. Consequently, we grant voting rights to specific citizens to choose …

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When To Give Up

By Serena Mao You’ve finished nearly all of your Chipotle meal––sitting there slumped in your chair, fork dangling from a few tired fingers, stomach seemingly twice as large than it was half an hour earlier. “I can’t finish this,” you mumble. “Eat …

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