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Positivity unmasked

My version of happiness had been superficial and one dimensional, but I’ve come to recognize that genuine happiness can’t exist without an understanding of other emotions as well.
November 4, 2020

I stared at myself in the mirror, ashamed of the ashy-grey tear stains on my cheeks. In the safety of the empty school bathroom, I splashed cold water on my face to erase any evidence of the smudges and...

Social media: Is it worth the risks?

My paranoia of leaving a carbon footprint has kept me from posting on social media.
November 4, 2020

In the age of social media, teenagers are stereotyped as heads-down, hoods-up, twiddling their thumbs over the screens in their hands. In part, this does stem from the truth — social media has consumed...

A genocide’s a genocide, no matter the size

A genocide’s a genocide, no matter the size
October 7, 2020

Social media is extremely useful in bringing to light serious issues, especially since word of mouth is no longer viable due to the coronavirus shelter-in-place. Recently, the Uyghur genocide in China,...

Who is that girl I see?

Despite the controversy surrounding Disney's recently-released Mulan movie, the significance of the film itself should not be overlooked.
October 7, 2020

Lack of meaningful representation of diverse characters is a glaring pitfall in Western media. After years of searching for narratives that reflect my own, I was finally able to live vicariously through...

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s most racist of them all?

The writer, Bennie Chang, staring into the mirror and pondering over the truth about racism.
October 7, 2020

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s most racist of them all? He’s vanished, hidden, crawled deep within, lost to all who dare not fall. According to the Oxford Dictionary, racism is “prejudice, discrimination...

Liberty and justice for all: standing united in the fight for equality

The bloodstains of all those who have lost their lives to the injustice of racism serve as a constant reminder of the inequality in America.
May 28, 2020

Slavery. Prejudice. Brutality. Things of the past—supposedly.  They say slavery is a blemish upon the glorious history of America, the land of the free.  Free—what a joke.  In...

College commitments during corona

College commitments during corona
May 27, 2020

The Class of 2020 has lost our prom, our senior game, our graduation, our picnics, our ditch day. We’ve put on a brave face and let it go. As everything around the world has ground to a halt, we are...

Dear seniors: In retrospect with 2020 vision

Dear seniors: In retrospect with 2020 vision
May 27, 2020

Dear Class of 2020, where do I begin? I guess there’s no better place to start than in Fall of 2016, when our Viking journey began. Scratch that, try the Summer of 2016. Our Homecoming theme was “Into...

Stuck in the world of STEM

For some, the expectations that arise from living in the Bay Area are a burden, not a blessing.
May 25, 2020

Silicon Valley. With beaches to the west, mountains to the east, a bay to the north and plains to the south — not to mention the glowing summer sun that stretches for nine long months — who could ask...

COVID dreaming: Where do we go from here?

COVID dreaming: Where do we go from here?
May 25, 2020

“This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but with a whimper.” – “The Hollow Men,” T.S. Eliot For Lynbrook students, the...

One door closes, but hundreds more open

April 16, 2020

Things always happen for a reason. While it might not seem so in the moment, they will help in the long run. Those were the words of wisdom from my mother that continuously resonated within me as I attempted...

Preserving more than just instant ramen

April 14, 2020

I have a problem. Don’t be alarmed, it’s nothing life-altering or severe, and if you know me, it is probably old news. I really like instant ramen. And while I do admit it neither boasts any health...

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