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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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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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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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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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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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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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2020 College Application Under Covid-19 Crisis

By: Brian (Ruibo) Wu Due to the inconvenience caused by Covid-19, many colleges have adjusted requirements for the 2020 college application. The UC colleges firstly announced that any standard tests such as SAT, ACT, SAT Subject, will be optional, and that admission …

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The DACA Debate

By: Ryane Li DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, make up over 200,000 essential employees and more than 40,000 of those are health care workers, who are now needed more than ever before. The story of one of these workers may change …

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What Causes Us to Form an Opinion?

By: Serena Mao As current events incessantly change and develop, America is evolving into an ever more polarized nation. Those from both parties are increasingly adamant about their perspectives while immediately dismissing any counterarguments. As a Democrat, it is easy to say …

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