How To Deal With Anxiety During Exams

Exams are never fun. The atmosphere in the room, the pressure put on you by your school and yourself, the fear of failing or doing badly… They can all add up to create an extremely stressful time, for anyone. But something that makes it even worse is when you struggle with anxiety, like I do, among many other people. Having anxiety during exams means that … Continue reading How To Deal With Anxiety During Exams

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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

Have You Encountered These Planets?

Profiles on someone you probably know and have fallen (are falling?) for, but out of this world.  Literally.  At least for the most part. The One Hopelessly Out Of Your League / The Exoplanet An exoplanet, by traditional definition, is a planet orbiting a star that is not the Sun. An exoplanet can also be the girl you locked eyes with for two seconds, and … Continue reading Have You Encountered These Planets?

Why There Shouldn’t Be Catholic Private Schools In Canada

In some provinces of Canada, our tax dollars fund both the Catholic and Public school boards. In the last few years, education reformers have been pushing to change this system. With increasing diversity, lack of funding and ethical issues, why should we have to pay to fund two separate boards instead of just combining them?   In Ontario, most of a school’s funding comes from … Continue reading Why There Shouldn’t Be Catholic Private Schools In Canada

Why We Should Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth, a holiday on the 19th of June, celebrates the end of slavery and the newfound freedom. It’s mainly observed in the United States and not very well known among races outside of African Americans. Also known as Freedom day and Emancipation day, it honors the day that Major General Gordon Granger, who was part of the Union, announced to Texas the abolishment of slavery. … Continue reading Why We Should Celebrate Juneteenth

Five Minority Female Characters That’ll Make Your Life Better

Whether it’s clamor for a healthy same-sex relationship or demands for more people of color, you’ll often see people asking for better representation on TV and other media forms.  These calls are completely valid because there have been countless times I had to watch something solely focusing on the reused, cliché narratives of the majorities, but barely remember the instances wherein I’ve seen myself and … Continue reading Five Minority Female Characters That’ll Make Your Life Better

An Increase In Female Candidates For November’s Primary Elections

After one of the most arguably obscure, insane, and frankly unbelievable first halves of a presidency America has witnessed, change might be upon us come the November midterms. And this change will be driven by women.   This female push follows the highly controversial reign of 45th President, Donald Trump. After seeing his administration implement atrocious and unjust policies, such as the latest immigration policy … Continue reading An Increase In Female Candidates For November’s Primary Elections

Everything You Need To Know About Trump’s Cages

This is America. New photos have surfaced of immigrant children separated from their families living in cages at the hands of customs and border patrol agents, and it’s stirring up quite the heated storm among the public. Outrage erupted over social media, as well as on several news outlets, including CNN. Indeed, several protests against ICE’s detainment methods are being organized across the country. Still, … Continue reading Everything You Need To Know About Trump’s Cages

An Interview With MTV Lebanon Star And Fitness Icon: Maya Nassar

GLUE: How did you get started in the fitness industry? MAYA: I actually had no previous background in fitness, I had only discovered my passion several years ago. I was unhealthy and overweight, I knew very little about eating healthy and the benefits of exercise. I suffered heavily from asthma, it got to the point where I would have trouble breathing just from climbing the stairs! … Continue reading An Interview With MTV Lebanon Star And Fitness Icon: Maya Nassar

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

Developing Countries Should Not Be Punished for Global Warming

With every tree cut down, the world is growing more and more concerned. We are slowly starting to realize the unavoidable price of destroying mother nature. The conversation around global warming is getting more and more substantial among us with each passing day. The Paris Climate Accord is one of the most common examples of global initiatives taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is a global … Continue reading Developing Countries Should Not Be Punished for Global Warming

On the Intense Gender Norms That Support the Korean Music Industry

or girl groups, what is typically received best by (primarily male) audiences is a cute, childish, and soft theme among their songs, dances, and music videos. As for boy groups, just about the opposite is what’s popular among their (primarily female) fans, that being a more dark and sexy, if not cool and laid-back concept. Continue reading On the Intense Gender Norms That Support the Korean Music Industry

Dreams

Think about the life you wanted to live When you were young and had a dream A dream that seemed so mesmerizing So great So peaceful   But imagine yourself now   Laying in bed Laying on the table Lying   You’re lying to yourself That dream you wanted so bad It’s gone This isn’t the dream you had   No one dreams about laying … Continue reading Dreams

Pac-Man Café in Hawai’i

Starting from March 20 to May 31, Bread & Butter Island Café teamed up with Bandi Namco Entertainment, the makers of Pac-Man and transformed the whole café retro. I decided to have a look at it myself and it was amazing. The whole vibe of this theme will have Pac-Man fans shaken. There are about eight main dishes that incorporate Pac-Man and the Ghosts. For every Pac-Man … Continue reading Pac-Man Café in Hawai’i

This Man’s Story Proves That Prejudice Still Exists

Rory McGuire is 24 years old, and from Ayr, in Scotland. For practically all of his life, he has experienced bullying because of a facial deformity – a vascular birthmark that covers his lip. At the young age of 6, Rory felt he was “different”, and even as a child was subjected to comments such as “sausage face”, “how can you look in a mirror … Continue reading This Man’s Story Proves That Prejudice Still Exists

This Famous Rugby Team Is Supporting The LGBT+ Community In An Amazing Way

While the sport definitely isn’t as popular here in the states, rugby is by far the most dominant sport in New Zealand. It’s kinda like NZ’s version of soccer and football, combined into one. Needless to say, the commercials for rugby teams is widespread and exciting for viewers throughout the country. Two of the top rugby teams in the country, The All-Blacks and the Black … Continue reading This Famous Rugby Team Is Supporting The LGBT+ Community In An Amazing Way

Compare and Contrast

All people do with writing is compare love to beauty or sadness to disaster. Why can’t we include contrasting feelings with objects or moments? Why is it so uncommon to be the one to write about “comparing” someone or feelings for someone to something that it actually isn’t? Why don’t we write about not only what is, but also what isn’t? I can tell you that you … Continue reading Compare and Contrast

Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” – What It Means and Why

Released on Saturday, May 5th, Childish Gambino’s new single “This Is America” has become an online sensation. Packed with messages and commentary regarding mass shootings, police brutality, white supremacy, gun violence, and pop culture, Gambino sends a message to audiences to “not be caught slippin” and remain undistracted from America’s unreconciled issues with gun violence and willful ignorance. The video starts with a Black man sitting … Continue reading Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” – What It Means and Why

Learning Languages – Here’s Why I Think It’s Important

A lot of high schools now have made learning languages mandatory, at least for the first few years. My school, in particular, is a language school, so for the first three years of high school, I had to study two languages, and I studied Spanish and French, and later chose to continue Spanish to a higher level. However, something that I’ve noticed is that a … Continue reading Learning Languages – Here’s Why I Think It’s Important

What is Rape Culture? An Examination on How Our Society Works

Trigger warning: mention of rape and other sexual violence. As we look at what’s going on today, there’s no question that our society is a society of rape culture. With the victim-blaming of women that stand up for themselves after they’ve been sexually assaulted, we know that our society does not treat men and women equally. Of course, we say that, but what does rape … Continue reading What is Rape Culture? An Examination on How Our Society Works

8 Reasons Why Standardized Testing Is Not a Fair Measure of Brilliance

For more than 6 months, each Wednesday my ACT tutor has sat with me at my dining room table teaching me to guess the same letter when I run out of time, and how to get around reading passages by looking at the answer choices first. In other words, how to beat the test at its own game. On one hand, this strategy is what … Continue reading 8 Reasons Why Standardized Testing Is Not a Fair Measure of Brilliance

Interview with Instagram’s ”Catcalls of NYC”

I’ve been following Sophie on @catcallsofnyc through Instagram for a year or two before deciding to reach out to her for an interview. She willingly and happily agreed to a set of 6 questions answered through email. My thanks to Sophie for being kind enough to allow this interview to happen! What is @catcallsofnyc? @catcallsofnyc is an Instagram account that collects stories of street harassment … Continue reading Interview with Instagram’s ”Catcalls of NYC”

Cambridge- A City of Aspiration

This month, I was lucky enough to visit the City of Cambridge with my school. As well as being home to the 31 colleges of Cambridge University, one of the most renowned and prestigious universities in the world, the town is steeped in centuries of rich history and famous figures, from Stephen Hawking to Lord Byron. If you are lucky enough to join the tourists, … Continue reading Cambridge- A City of Aspiration

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) REVIEW

Ten years ago, I recall gazing up at the screen where genius-playboy-billionaire-philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was set to the task of navigating himself out of a hostage situation in Afghanistan in Iron Man (2008.) Stark, who canonically has a heart condition and anxiety, was a new breed of character. Despite his arrogant bravado, it was important to see the representation of physical and mental … Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War (2018) REVIEW

Why You Should Give Instagram a Break, and Soon.

I don’t remember the last time I met a young person who didn’t have an Instagram account, yet I can recall just yesterday overhearing a group of friends discussing how to get their feeds to “look better”, whatever that means. About three billion people have social media, and it feels like most of us are totally preoccupied with it. Now, I’m not bashing Instagram, or … Continue reading Why You Should Give Instagram a Break, and Soon.

Red for Ed: Arizona Teachers Protest

On Thursday, April 26, Arizona educators marched in a sea of red to demand more funding for schools and pay increase. In 97-degree weather 10,000s of teachers, students, and supporters marched to the Arizona Capitol. The movement started a few weeks back. Arizona teachers wore red shirts to school to show their involvement and support towards Red for Ed. They staged walk-ins before school, protesting … Continue reading Red for Ed: Arizona Teachers Protest

How Stormy Daniels Is Trumping The White House

It is in recent times that the GOP’s greatest opponent is no longer rival nations, and harsh leaders, but one woman who stands up to fight Trump and is clearly winning. Stephanie Clifford, an adult film star known by the name “Stormy Daniels”, has stated that she had an affair with President Trump, and was paid to keep quiet by Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Michael … Continue reading How Stormy Daniels Is Trumping The White House

How #DenimDay Has Taken Los Angeles By Storm

In April of 1999, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing skinny jeans. The justices came to the conclusion that she must have helped get the jeans off, thus implying consent.Women in the Italian Parliament started the movement the following day by wearing jeans in support of the victim. This quickly spread to the United States – more specifically … Continue reading How #DenimDay Has Taken Los Angeles By Storm

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

Why You Should Be Allowed to Vote at 16 in the UK

In most of the UK, the voting age is 18, apart from in Scottish Parliament and local elections, where you can vote at 16. The Welsh Assembly is also considering allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections there, but in England, the government is continuing to keep the voting age at the legal age of adulthood – 18 years old. Personally, I believe that … Continue reading Why You Should Be Allowed to Vote at 16 in the UK

What Happened at #BeyChella?

Beyoncé Knowles is the first woman of color to ever headline at Coachella Music festival in Indio, California. Fans have been waiting in anticipation for months ever since the lineup was announced in January. They’ve even created the trending hashtag #BEYchella. Needless to say, she did not disappoint. The show started with a marching band dressed in all yellow. As the marching band played dancers … Continue reading What Happened at #BeyChella?

5 Books That Inspired Popular Musicals

Many of the most successful musicals and plays ever created were inspired by books. The musicals we love have often been formed off of these stories that were previously written by other writers. Here are a few books that have been the bases for successful musicals created thus far. “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire     Wicked is a book that was written about the origin … Continue reading 5 Books That Inspired Popular Musicals

Body Positive Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

We all know that social media can be both wonderful and terrible, at the same time. One of the social media platforms that can be the worst for mental health and self confidence is Instagram, but I believe that if you follow the right accounts, you can make your feed a lot better. And I believe that one of the best ways to do that … Continue reading Body Positive Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

I’ve Lost All Motivation For School

The first time I experienced mental burnout as a result of school occurred in my sophomore year of high school. The last few weeks leading up to my AP World History were dwindling by the second, while I struggled to fit in study-time in-between color guard practices and volunteer work. I was so stressed that even when I did have free time, I spent it … Continue reading I’ve Lost All Motivation For School