Living in a Former Communist Country as a Teenager: Romania’s Battle with Progress

During the 24 years between 1965 until 1989 when Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania’s communist leader, ruled the country, Romania underwent severe changes and the nation had to endure brutal restrictions and injustices. For instance, Romanians were not allowed to speak out against the government, religious freedom was non-existent, there were food/water shortages, people were not able to change homes or jobs freely, any form of birth … Continue reading Living in a Former Communist Country as a Teenager: Romania’s Battle with Progress

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How to Make a Difference in Local Gun Control Laws

On Thursday, June 28, five employees of the Capital Gazette: Wendi Winters (special publications editor), Rebecca Smith(sales assistant), Rob Hiaasen (assistant editor), Gerald Fischman(editorial page editor), and John McNamara(staff writer) were killed, among others who were injured, in a shooting inside the newsroom, in Annapolis, Maryland. The suspect is Jarrod Warren Ramos, a 38-year-old man. Unfortunately, this is yet another chapter in this oddly familiar … Continue reading How to Make a Difference in Local Gun Control Laws

Trump’s New Immigration Policy Is Cruelty

The Trump administration’s brutal policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border has instigated numerous protests where human rights took to the streets in cities across the U.S. President Trump’s administration confirmed that it had split families who crossed the southern border without immigration documents. Refugees and asylum seekers were cruelly separated from their children, without being told where their kids were … Continue reading Trump’s New Immigration Policy Is Cruelty

My Journey with Anxiety & Self-Esteem

For as long as I can remember I have been dealing with anxiety. I have always worried about the tiniest of things and overthought even the most irrelevant stuff. If you’ve ever experienced a full-on panic attack where you felt like you were drowning and couldn’t breathe, or choked on your words because the anxiety was getting the better of you, you know how frustrating … Continue reading My Journey with Anxiety & Self-Esteem

Women’s History Month: Take Action

What is Women’s History Month? It’s already March 6th, which means that Women’s History Month has already begun. March is the month that celebrates and highlights women’s accomplishments and contributions to events in history and contemporary society. WHM dates as far back as March 8, 1857, when women from New York City, who were working in factories, stages a protest over working conditions. However, it … Continue reading Women’s History Month: Take Action

Call Me By Your Name – A Must-See Movie

“Is it better to speak or die?”  Disclaimer: the article contains spoilers Never before have I sat down to watch a movie and been so completely captivated by the story unfolding before my eyes. “Call Me By Your Name”, directed by Luca Guadagnino, managed to take me on a beautiful trip to Italy, then break my heart into a million pieces. The movie truly unfolds … Continue reading Call Me By Your Name – A Must-See Movie

2017 Wasn’t All That Bad and Here’s Why

This year was, without doubt, a pretty rough one. There were numerous terrorist attacks that killed a staggering number of people all over the world, President Trump signed multiple executive orders that negatively affect the lives of many, shootings, devastating hurricanes, the death of beloved celebrities, the Charlottesville riot, nuclear war threats, the California wildfires, and the FCC voted in favor of repealing net neutrality. … Continue reading 2017 Wasn’t All That Bad and Here’s Why

Some of the Best Broadway Musicals of 2017

Each year there is a mad rush of shows opening and a myriad of old ones gaining momentum before the Tony Awards. As 2017 is coming to an end and we are about to swing into 2018, I have decided to do a roundup of some of my favorite shows: Waitress In Waitress, Tony winner Jesse Mueller plays a diner server stuck in an unhappy … Continue reading Some of the Best Broadway Musicals of 2017

Advantages of Being Multilingual

Living in the hyper-connected, fast-paced world that we live in, being able to speak more than one language, has become a necessity. As our world becomes more and more connected through technological advances, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that learning a foreign language is beneficial for a large number of reasons First of all, being multilingual makes a person more open to other cultures. Since a … Continue reading Advantages of Being Multilingual

Get Woke: 5 Books About Feminism That Will Change Your Life

There truly is no better way to get inspired, get angry, get educated, than by cracking open a book. Recently, I’ve started reading more and more books written by female authors about the ever-growing pains we must endure as teenagers, and these books have really helped me work on myself and expand my knowledge. So, if you’re on the path to self-love and are looking … Continue reading Get Woke: 5 Books About Feminism That Will Change Your Life

Trump Plans on Shrinking Two National Monuments

Bears Ears National Monument is located in San Juan County, Utah. The 1.35 million-acre protected area contains a wide array of historic, cultural and natural resources, and is prized by many tribal leaders but opposed by several state and federal Republican officials. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, located in southern Utah and declared at the height of the 1996 presidential election campaign, was controversial from the … Continue reading Trump Plans on Shrinking Two National Monuments

ABC’s “The Mayor” Is a Breath of Fresh Air in a Cynical World

As “Veep“ is quickly approaching its series finale, marking a great loss for television, a new sitcom on ABC called “The Mayor” emerges. So even though David Mendel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ satirical attacks on our corrupt leaders will be greatly missed, during these times, when the political climate can only be described as tumultuous, to say the least, and anger is running high, “The Mayor” … Continue reading ABC’s “The Mayor” Is a Breath of Fresh Air in a Cynical World

Lin-Manuel Miranda Drops “Almost Like Praying” to Help Puerto Rico

On Thursday night, the Tony-award winning creator of “Hamilton”, released the song called “Almost Like Praying”, featuring many Latin artists including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, John Leguizamo and Rita Moreno, in order to raise awareness and funds to help the devastated island.“I was like every Puerto Rican with ties to the island, with family on the island. … Continue reading Lin-Manuel Miranda Drops “Almost Like Praying” to Help Puerto Rico

How Will Brexit Affect the Environment?

More than 17.4 million Britons voted on June 23 to sever ties with the European Union, compared with 16.1 million who voted to remain, according to The New York Times. The referendum came about as a result of a promise made in 2013 by then-Prime Minister David Cameron to conciliate an increasingly vocal anti-European Union wing of his Conservative Party. Many people have expressed their … Continue reading How Will Brexit Affect the Environment?

Kim Jong Un Calls Trump a “Dotard”

During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Donald Trump “shockingly” threatened to “totally destroy North Korea”, called Iran “a corrupt dictatorship”, and said Venezuela’s government “has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.” The remarks haven’t failed to appear, Iran’s foreign minister calling Mr. Trump’s speech “ignorant hate speech [that] belongs in medieval times,” Venezuela’s foreign minister went … Continue reading Kim Jong Un Calls Trump a “Dotard”

The Netherlands in a Nutshell

I spent the last two weeks of my summer vacation in the Netherlands and got the chance to visit some really unique places. I have to say that it truly is the land of windmills, tulips, and canals, with a remarkable laid-back atmosphere and beautiful character-rich cities. Burgh, Haamstede Middelburg   Rotterdam welcomes you with a landscape of concrete, steel, and glass, which has risen from … Continue reading The Netherlands in a Nutshell

What You Need to Know About Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey is the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Charley in 2004. It is an active tropical cyclone that made landfall in Texas on Friday, sweeping ashore as a category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm made a second landfall a little later, on the Northeastern Shore of Copano Bay. Forecasters call it the strongest hurricane to slam … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Hurricane Harvey

That Time Trump Failed the Nazi Test

At a news conference in February, Mr. Trump said “No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism, the least racist person.” However, his response to the tragic and deplorable events that took place on Friday, August 11, when violent clashes broke out between white supremacists and anti-fascist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, was disappointing, to … Continue reading That Time Trump Failed the Nazi Test

Trump’s Threat of Fire and Fury

„I don’t want to be an alarmist, but we’re all going to die!” This is the lovely and heartwarming line Stephen Colbert started his monolog with on Tuesday night, following Trump’s response to North Korea. The president threatened to unleash “fire and fury” against the aforementioned country if they continue to threaten the United States. Mr. Trump’s threat, which, according to Times reporters, was completely … Continue reading Trump’s Threat of Fire and Fury

Trump Begs Mexico’s President to Lie

This week, a leaked phone call transcript between the US and Mexican presidents reveal Trump begging Peña Nieto not to tell the press the fact that he won’t pay for the wall. In the phone conversation that took place on January 27, only a week after Trump’s inauguration as president, Trump said: ““From an economic issue, it is the least important thing we were talking … Continue reading Trump Begs Mexico’s President to Lie

Seven Fashion Brands That Benefit the World and Not Just Your Wardrobe

We live in a world where people really care about keeping up with the latest trends, but sometimes, our favorite brands, have a more negative impact on our planet than we may think. There are, however, ways in which we can shop without worrying about the lasting effect it’ll have on our planet. There are plenty of really cool brands out there, truly upping their … Continue reading Seven Fashion Brands That Benefit the World and Not Just Your Wardrobe

Summer 2017 Reading Challenge

It’s the height of summer! Which means that you probably have more time on your hands. The days are longer, the pace is slower and everything glitters with possibility and excitement. If you were wondering what book to pursue from your spot on a beach towel, on an airplane, or from the comfort of your own home because it’s a thousand degrees outside, then you’ve … Continue reading Summer 2017 Reading Challenge

Donald Trump Jr.’s Email Chain on His Meeting with Russia

On Tuesday morning, Donald J. Trump Jr. released an email chain from June 2016 with Rob Goldstone, a former tabloid reporter, and publicist, through which they were setting up a meeting between Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked lawyer. The emails were released in an attempt to get ahead of The New York Times’ promised story detailing the content of the emails. In the email exchanges, … Continue reading Donald Trump Jr.’s Email Chain on His Meeting with Russia

Snapchat’s “Snap Map” Sparks Controversy

By now, the majority of us are aware of the latest Snapchat update. The newest update enables users to pinpoint the exact location where their friends are. It’s estimated that about 160 million people use Snapchat daily, this new update raises major privacy concerns. Snapchat, an image messaging service, was created to allow users to send each other photos or short videos which are only available for … Continue reading Snapchat’s “Snap Map” Sparks Controversy

Venezuela Is Now a Totalitarian Misery

Venezuela has always bounced between two extremes: oppression and freedom. Every single day, Venezuelans pour into the streets to protest the loss of their freedom and rights, taken by a tyrannical regime that condemns people to illness, scarcity, and outright hunger. As Chavism, a left-wing political ideology is continuing its decrease, police helicopters have apparently launched grenades at the Supreme Court in Caracas, in what … Continue reading Venezuela Is Now a Totalitarian Misery

Say Hello to Hollywood’s Golden Thirties With: The Last Tycoon

The Last Tycoon, written and directed by Billy Ray and based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1933 unfinished novel, takes place between the Roaring ’20s, the Great Depression and the Golden Thirties. The story is centered around Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer), who is based on the life of the movie mogul Irving Thalberg. Monroe is a rising executive competing against his own mentor Pat Brady (Kelsey … Continue reading Say Hello to Hollywood’s Golden Thirties With: The Last Tycoon

Three Movies Perfect for Pride Month

The month of June represents for many LGBTQ+ individuals a time of self-affirmation, dignity, an increase of visibility, sexual diversity and gender variance. Until June of 2015, gay couples could not legally get married in all 50 states. To celebrate the life-changing victory of the legalization of gay marriage everywhere in the States, Pride Month activities take place all over the country. There are, however, … Continue reading Three Movies Perfect for Pride Month

President Trump and Pope Francis Are Proven NOT To Be a Dynamic Duo

One of the ways I’ve been coping with the anxiety the 2016 presidential election caused is by turning to comedy. Stephen Colbert’s monologs and SNL have been my saving grace throughout this difficult period. Trump’s shenanigans never go unnoticed and in spite of all the frustration and anger they bring about, some people turn them into comedy. The same happened when earlier this week, Pope … Continue reading President Trump and Pope Francis Are Proven NOT To Be a Dynamic Duo

Why It’s Important to Keep up with the News

By keeping up with the news, you’re inevitably becoming more and more socially aware. With today’s technology, we can acquire an infinite amount of information by simply clicking a button. News websites and social media are just a few of the myriad of sources of potential information. Amazing things can be learned and accomplished from these resources. Approximately three years ago I began to take … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Keep up with the News

”Pink Whale” Is Spreading Positivity and Kindness

I think that by now everyone has heard of the sinister game called “Blue Whale“. If somehow you haven’t, “Blue Whale” is a Russian game, where players are assigned 50 tasks over the course of 50 days by a “curator”. These tasks range from waking up at unusual hours, listening to a particular song, to self-harm and on the 50th day, suicide. The player needs … Continue reading ”Pink Whale” Is Spreading Positivity and Kindness

Inside the Pogrom in Chechnya and How You Can Help

What was supposed to be a night out with a friend for a young man called Maksim, pivoted into two weeks of torture. As The New York Times explained, “When Maksim arrived, however, he was greeted not by his friend, but by agents who beat him. Later, they strapped him to a chair, attached electrical wires to his hands and began an interrogation.” According to … Continue reading Inside the Pogrom in Chechnya and How You Can Help