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Whitman: incorporate college essay instruction to ease stress

Whitman: incorporate college essay instruction to ease stress

By Emma Sorkin
May 22, 2017
Filed under Blogs, Showcase

To ease some of the application-related stress, Whitman should add a course that teaches students how to write college application essays. This course would teach a writing style that English classes don’t currently cover and help even the playing field for students who can’t afford professional help.

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Studying is personal; don’t make review packets mandatory

Studying is personal; don’t make review packets mandatory

By Hannah Feuer
May 21, 2017
Filed under Blogs, Showcase

Every student has their own learning style, and they shouldn’t be forced to conform to a fixed study method. A review packet can act as a valuable optional resource to be used for reference, but mandating that students complete all portions of a review packet for a grade is counterproductive.

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Modern slavery must be acknowledged so it can be stopped

Modern slavery must be acknowledged so it can be stopped

By Sabrina Martin
May 18, 2017
Filed under Blogs, Showcase

While scrolling through my Facebook feed last month, I encountered several videos of a clean-shaven Ashton Kutcher seated before a row of politicians. Intrigued at seeing the actor in such a serious setting, I watched as Kutcher delivered an impassioned testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about combatting human trafficking with technology.

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The College Board should offer more SAT Subject Test days

The College Board should offer more SAT Subject Test days

By Elisa McCartin
May 8, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Between AP, the SAT, the ACT and a variety of SAT Subject tests, my junior year has been packed with an alphabet soup of standardized tests. While fitting all these tests has made my life difficult, including all these scores has become an important component of college applications.

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Where are the female reporters?

Where are the female reporters?

By Emma Sorkin
April 30, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Women have made incredible strides in their respective communities, ranging from Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential campaign to Becca Longo, the first woman to earn an NCAA football scholarship.

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Too powerful to ignore: the importance of learning to write poetry

Too powerful to ignore: the importance of learning to write poetry

By Camille Caldera
April 3, 2017
Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Blogs

The first time I wrote a poem was during a free write in sixth grade. I was sitting in Ms. Goldman’s English class, under the windows, in the sun. I don’t remember the poem I wrote, but I do remember how powerful it made me feel.

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Keep the beat going: song lyrics should remain in warm ups

Keep the beat going: song lyrics should remain in warm ups

By Aiden Lesley
March 9, 2017
Filed under Blogs

For many people, music serves as an outlet, a way to tune out everyday distractions.

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The limits of inclusivity: is it possible to be pro-life and feminist?

The limits of inclusivity: is it possible to be pro-life and feminist?

By Camille Caldera
March 7, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Feminism is a movement based on the fundamental equality of the sexes.

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The beauty of language

The beauty of language

By Emma Sorkin
March 1, 2017
Filed under Blogs

When I was little, my parents would talk to each other across the dinner table in broken Spanish. They were nowhere near fluent, but they knew enough to keep, what I always assumed were, secrets from me and my sister.

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An open letter thanking Michelle Obama

An open letter thanking Michelle Obama

By Natachi Onwuamaegbu
February 27, 2017
Filed under Blogs

It’s been a month since you were my First Lady. It’s been a month since your last speech on television, your last presidential photo-op, your last wave and smile into the crowds. It’s been a month since you’ve graced America with your presence and wisdom—and I miss it.

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What it was like to march on Washington

What it was like to march on Washington

By Michelle Silver
February 2, 2017
Filed under Blogs

As I stood on the National Mall, waiting to march and fight to protect human rights, a current of people flooded toward me, sweeping me to the White House.

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More than affirmative action: it’s time to stop minimizing minority students’ success

More than affirmative action: it’s time to stop minimizing minority students’ success

By Camille Caldera
January 21, 2017
Filed under Blogs

For many students, being accepted into college is a validation of hard work and dedication throughout high school. But my sisters had a different experience after they were accepted to Harvard; each heard others claim that she had “only gotten in because she’s Latina.” Around the country, other minor...

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