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“Where are you really from?”

“Where are you really from?”

By Ella Atsavapranee

December 12, 2018


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 “Where are you from?” “Bethesda, Maryland.” “No, but where are you really from?” As a racial minority, I often face this question. Although I was born in Maryland and have lived here all my life, many people don’t believe my response. Instead, they keep repeating the question, with inc...

What is a modern day hero?

What is a modern day hero?

By Elyssa Seltzer

December 2, 2018


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When you think of a superhero, you probably think of someone like Spider Man. He has superpowers! He wears a cape! He battles villains! But the term “hero” can also be applied to the real world. If you go beyond the boundaries of flying and capes, who qualifies as one? I believe that a hero is...

I didn’t realize I was being sexually harassed

I didn’t realize I was being sexually harassed

November 20, 2018


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The first time it felt almost casual—a subtle comment that wasn’t necessarily inappropriate, but seemed like an odd thing to say, especially in my workplace. The next time was different. He talked of his attraction to “younger women.” A clear line had been crossed, and the comments this man ...

Lessons from SNL: Learn to forgive

Lessons from SNL: Learn to forgive

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

November 14, 2018


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Last week, I laughed hysterically with half of America when Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson joked about Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw’s eyepatch during the episode’s Weekend Update segment. When my news feed filled with articles criticizing Davidson, I was defensive to say the least, thinking how ...

Sorry not sorry: Why women apologize too much and need to stop

Sorry not sorry: Why women apologize too much and need to stop

By Dana Herrnstadt

November 13, 2018


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Like all great stories, mine begins at the checkout counter of a Bethesda CVS. After setting a pack of Extra watermelon gum on the countertop, I fished through my weathered drawstring bag for the three dollars required for purchase. About fifteen seconds later, I heard myself speak two cursed words: ...

Trick-or-treating or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the sugar bomb

Trick-or-treating or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the sugar bomb

By Will Brown

November 9, 2018


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It’s a tradition as old as 1950’s suburbia—a group of children rampage through the neighborhood like a Viking horde, looting the houses and taking the valuables back to their dens. I’m talking, of course, about trick-or-treating, a night of revelry and chaos unmatched in modern civilization. It’s ...

Why I support Gov. Larry Hogan

Why I support Gov. Larry Hogan

By Katherine Sylvester

November 4, 2018


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This summer, I volunteered for Gov. Hogan’s (R) re-election campaign. The work itself was pretty standard—canvassing, surveys, an unfortunate wage of $0/hr—but the reactions I got… weren’t.

Anti-Semitism is our problem too

Anti-Semitism is our problem too

By Hannah Feuer

October 29, 2018


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Despite the Jewish slogan to “never forget” past atrocities against Jews, anti-Semitism is still a major issue in America. The shooting last weekend is only indicative of a larger trend.

Sometimes counting sheep doesn’t help: methods when struggling with insomnia

Sometimes counting sheep doesn’t help: methods when struggling with insomnia

By Brooke McLeod

October 25, 2018


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Tick, tock. Did I finish all my homework? Tick, tock. What time is it? Tick, tock. My battle with insomnia started in ninth grade. With loads of homework, stress and high school drama, it became increasingly hard to fall asleep at night. During the day, I struggled to keep my eyes open and focus ...

Advice for underclassmen: a look back from senior year

Advice for underclassmen: a look back from senior year

By Ariana Faghani

October 22, 2018


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In the past three years, I’ve developed as a student, friend, daughter, pom and person in general. I’ve learned what makes me happy, how to surround myself with true friends, how to eliminate negative people and activities from my life and how to balance the academic demands of high school with the social demands of being a teenager.

America: stop stereotyping Asian men

America: stop stereotyping Asian men

By Hirari Sato

October 19, 2018


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Everyone in my family was surprised when my brother introduced us to his white girlfriend. Family members jokingly asked him if his girlfriend thought he was attractive despite the fact that he’s Asian. They adore her and think she’s beautiful, but somehow, her race always slips into the conversat...

Mindlessness is just as good for you as mindfulness

Mindlessness is just as good for you as mindfulness

By Emma Iturregui

October 18, 2018


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All of my life—even before my hand drifted to my phone at every interval of boredom—I’ve zoned out. Whether it be in school, in the car or even listening to a friend talk, my mind eventually drifts somewhere else. Our society places too much emphasis on focus. Growing up, my parents were always ...