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How early should finals be taken?

How early should finals be taken?

Hsin Yen Huang, Jonathan Ye

May 31, 2019

As the school year comes to a close, students frantically begin studying for final exams, which are typically held during the last week of school. However, in some AP classes, teachers choose to administer finals before AP testing, which usually begin on the first week of May, so that students will b...

Fitting in: my struggle with pressure in high school

Fitting in: my struggle with pressure in high school

Noela Bae

May 28, 2019

Nike’s famous slogan “Just Do It” often serves as an empowering and motivational mantra. But to me, this slogan was a phrase that fueled peer pressure throughout high school, giving my friends and family the leverage to persuade me into changing my values and behavior with the simple utterance of th...

Fear is temporary: a senior’s advice on making the most of high school

Fear is temporary: a senior’s advice on making the most of high school

Srinidhi Seshadri

May 27, 2019

August 17, 2015. My very first day of high school. I had just moved from India and was new to the area. I wondered if I would make friends, and I feared my introverted nature would prevent me from doing so. But, I wasn’t going to let that stop me from fitting in. Walking into my freshman P.E. class, I ...

My favorite F-words: friends, fashion and f*** gender norms

My favorite F-words: friends, fashion and f*** gender norms

Hatim Saifee

May 26, 2019

Navy blue t-shirt. Grey Gap jacket. Straight cut dark blue jeans. Grey sports shoes. Combed hair, messy brows. Scared of judgment, eyes staring at my bland clothes, never lifting my head. Not acquainted with anyone, too meek to speak up. This was my sophomore year: void of confidence, friends, fashion...

Don’t take every opportunity: knowing your limits

Don’t take every opportunity: knowing your limits

Michelle Lum

May 25, 2019

“Take every opportunity.” That’s something we’ve been told all our lives, and a principle that I wholeheartedly embraced as I entered high school. This resulted in me taking the most classes I could, joining as many clubs as I had available brunches and lunches and applying for any positions ...

A year after Parkland: don’t let the momentum die

A year after Parkland: don’t let the momentum die

Srinidhi Seshadri

May 15, 2019

February 2018: news of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, jolted Americans across the nation. Within a month, students across the country organized a national walkout, one that many Lynbrook students proudly and enthusiastically participated in. However, a little...

2019 Indian Elections: changing democracy

2019 Indian Elections: changing democracy

Priyanka Anand

May 3, 2019

As my school bus drove on bumpy lanes in India every morning, I often saw colorful posters endorsing low-level politicians plastered on walls and hung up on poles. Many of the posters simply wished those politicians happy birthday or were messages from the politicians wishing the local neighborhoods...

You like my nails? Gee thanks, just got them (done)!

You like my nails? Gee thanks, just got them (done)!

Hatim Saifee

May 3, 2019

As the manicurist finished shaping my nails and prepared to let them dry, I asked her for lavender nail polish. Her shocked look made me second guess the words I had just uttered. Was it acceptable for me, a boy, to want nail polish? Mumbling, I told her I was sure about my decision, and she hesit...

NASA’s cancelled all-female spacewalk: persisting gender inequality in STEM

NASA’s cancelled all-female spacewalk: persisting gender inequality in STEM

Michelle Lum

April 29, 2019

Imagine being one of the two women set to participate in the first all-female spacewalk. Then, imagine being told that only one woman would be able to go — the other would be replaced by a male astronaut. As astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain geared up for the first all-female spacewalk, set...

Green Book cruises past controversy to pick up problematic Best Picture win

Green Book cruises past controversy to pick up problematic Best Picture win

Divya Nelakonda

April 1, 2019

Nearly 30 years after “Driving Ms. Daisy” won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, “Green Book’s” Best Picture win at the 2019 Academy Awards feels like déjà vu. When “Green Book” was first released, it was met with acclaim for its feel-good story of an interracial friendship. However, such prai...

K-pop collab met with disrespect

K-pop collab met with disrespect

Kelsey Lu

March 29, 2019

When I first heard that Jason Derulo was going to collaborate with Korean pop (K-pop) group NCT 127 (NCT) and Mandarin pop music artist LAY, I couldn’t express how excited I was. The collaboration song “Let’s Shut Up & Dance”, a tribute to Michael Jackson, was an opportunity for Asian ar...

I’m Muslim — do I possess the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

I’m Muslim — do I possess the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Hatim Saifee

March 25, 2019

“All terrorists are Muslim, but not all Muslims are terrorists.” It’s not uncommon for me to hear this sentence in public or online. Ten words that encapsulate the views of today’s global population regarding Muslims. Terrorists, “jihadists,” ISIS — all these words have now become synonymou...

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