Goodbye AP Lang

When I stepped into my AP Language class in August 2016, I was filled with excitement. I had a passion for writing and reading, which developed during my elementary and middle school years. I was ready to learn about the art form that I was most comfortable with—writing. Writing has always been near and dear…

bioooooologyyyyyyyyy

WARNING: this blog post is written by a highly neurotic, brainwashed student driven insane by the intense hours spent studying for her AP Biology exam (which is tomorrow, by the way). Reader discretion is advised (especially if you can’t take lame biology jokes). Ahhhhh biology. It’s everywhere—from the tiny microscopic worms that live inside you to…

Math Formulas = Educated?

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS. As of today, May 1, we have 25 days until summer break. Ever wonder why Troy and Gabriella (and all their friends) jumped for joy when it was summer? I’m guessing it was for the same reason that I will be jumping for joy in less than a month: we are ready…

Dehumanization

Entertainment is addicting; it would be hard to argue that it isn’t. In a way, it is a new type of drug. Wanting to escape reality, teenagers spend hours watching TV shows and playing games on their phones; they rely less on maintaining face-to-face relationships. Entertainment has the capacity to ruin society because it is an easily…

Change the System

Dear educators, Have you ever noticed what affects schools have had on children and their creativity? And by creativity, I mean exactly what the word looks like it means: their ability to create. By saturating their educational life with multiple choice, memorization of facts, and repetition, you have completely deprived students of their ability to think of…

You don’t need to change the whole world

We are constantly told to change the world—to make the world a better place. But we are never really given a solid way to do this. We are burdened under the pressure that we have to solve problems like war, global warming, and pollution so that people can live better lives. Often times, this makes me feel…

Dickinson for Dummies (through metaphors)

You’ve heard of Emily Dickinson, but do you know exactly who she was? Maybe you know that she wrote poems, but don’t have a clue about who this widely referenced poet is. Maybe you know lots of facts about her life, but have never thought about comparing her to food. This post will introduce you to the…

Grabbing the Attention of Hot Guys (or Girls)

Dear readers, Imagine the school/company of your dreams. This is the school that you’ve been longing to go to since you first heard about it. This is the company you’ve only dreamed of working for. Now create this metaphor in your heads: this school/company is an extremely attractive, hot guy (or girl, depending on your…

The Post-Truth Era

We are living in a post-truth era. The line between truth and deceit is blurred, and a lie is just simply a ‘truth with a little twist.’ Deceiving others starts off like a little game, but ends up becoming lifestyle. As Ralph Keys puts it, “At one time we had truth and lies. Now we have truth, lies, and…

Diet Coke=Kittens=Happiness (?)

In 2014, Taylor swift was featured in a commercial for diet coke. It starts off with Swift in her living room, playing with her cat. She takes a sip of the coke and more cats appear. She smiles and drinks it once again and the room is overflowing with cats. The commercial ends with Swift raising…