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The Teen Brain

By Serena Mao Modern teenagers are often associated with disobedience, taking risks, and making irrational decisions. Though many families can relate to these stereotypes, fewer attempt to analyze the scientific and logical basis for the difference in behavior between teenagers and adults, …

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College App Padding should be Acceptable

By Andy Chen A primary principle in economics is that all people are self-fulfilling, and by acting in their own self interest, they consequently and unknowingly improve society as a whole. This same principle applies to college apps — those who pad …

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The Inevitable Comparison

Serena Mao It’s almost inevitable to commit the crime of sibling comparison as a parent: after all, when your kids live in the same household under your guidance, it seems natural to see how each of them compare in the face of …

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The End of the Climate Crisis?

Serena Mao Following dire warnings year after year that our CO2 emissions have been consistently skyrocketing, it seems that we’ve finally hit the turning point activists have been calling for. Indeed, global emissions in 2020 are predicted to drop 8%, the largest …

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Coronavirus as an Opportunity

Serena Mao The shelter in place orders have had quite an impact on all of us––likely a different one on everyone, but an impact nonetheless. Common themes include being extraordinarily bored, as we can’t go out to eat with our friends or …

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#MeToo in 2020

Serena Mao Tara Reade, a woman who formerly worked for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, has accused him of sexual assault in the spring of 1993… And Biden has retorted with a response we’ve gotten uncomfortable used to: a vehement denial. Riding …

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Saying Hi

Serena Mao The worst feeling is seeing your classmates at the store. Often it’s not someone that we’re best friends with, rather, it’s often people that we’re slightly acquainted with but don’t know too well. We are then forced into this dilemma …

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Constructive Criticism

Serena Mao Our friends and family are typically those that are the most comfortable asking for our opinions on what they are doing or should do. On the contrary, however, they are also the people that we likely feel the most uncomfortable …

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Diversion in Politics

Serena Mao Everyone’s panicking (or sleeping excessively) during the coronavirus scare right now. And even if they’re not, it’s still one of the first things on their minds: after all, everything we do seems to be directly impacted by this sudden devastating …

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The Power of Choice

Serena Mao Everyone has responsibilities at home they’d rather not do. Whether it be cleaning the dishes, washing the floor, or taking out the trash, we have a plethora of chores that we know we should do but never want to do. …

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