• editoral,  informational

    So Much Media: Taking a Step Back

      So Much Media: Taking a Step Back I opened Instagram to a sea of posts, all blank; no—all black… S. L. 11/27/2020 I opened Instagram to a sea of posts, all blank; no—all black.  After a weeklong Instagram hiatus, my return to social media suggested a surprising flood of solidarity. Similar captions sped me up to date: To stand with black and brown communities, users were joining in on an international day of “blacking out” the platform to emphasize a conversation on institutionalized racial implications in America.  Relieved that I had not missed out on #blackouttuesday, I reached for the post icon, then hesitated. My perspective ping-ponged in such…

  • creative writing,  informational

    The Healing Power of Classical Music

    The Healing Power of Classical Music “Music is the medicine of the mind” – John A. Logan Angeline Peng 11/27/2020 My orchestra director has said many things about classical music: “This amount of build up and tension and climax here cannot be encapsulated in a 4 minute pop song.”  “Symphonic music has survived for hundreds of years and this music will survive for hundreds more years to come.”  “Every teenager needs to experience classical music at least once in their life.” Many people assume that classical music is bland, and they wouldn’t be wrong to assume that. There are some pieces that are less interesting than others. Classical music has…

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    Journaling

      Journaling Angeline Peng 11/27/2020 Journaling is a very useful tool for you to write down your emotions and make sense of them. It is an outlet for expressing your emotions in a healthy way. Putting down your thoughts and emotions on paper can keep them from being bottled up in your head. It also reduces stress by helping yourself stay organized. Journaling is also very easy and cheap to do, unlike some other methods like meditation and yoga. However, there are times when you can come out of journaling feeling worse than when you started.  As for me, I hate writing down my thoughts and emotions, especially the negative…

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    Well Rounded

      Well Rounded VW 11/27/2020 Well-rounded applications are essential if you want to stand a chance at getting into various organizations – from honor societies, esteemed colleges, and even later in life as you enter the workforce. The key aspect that sets one applicant apart from the next isn’t, as most of us might assume, a perfect SAT score or straight A’s. While of course stellar grades won’t hurt you in the long run, what admission officers are really looking for is a list of extensive extracurriculars: from student council and leadership positions to being a part of a sports team. Therefore, it’s interesting to note how academic achievements are…

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    It Boils and Boils… Then What?

      It Boils and Boils… Then What? Adebola Adenle 11/27/2020 Oftentimes in our society with its current social “norms,” individuals may emotionally suppress themselves for one reason or another. Often pertaining to their current environment and those around them. Despite the efforts of any individual, it is an inevitable fact that emotional suppression will eventually result in an involuntary release of such emotions. Of course the manner in which they release varies from person to person, but overall emotional suppression is detrimental to one’s own mental health. Yet once it reaches what you could call a “boiling point,” The metaphorical “explosion” of emotion which occurs is much more of a…

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    Boys Will Be Boys

    Boys Will Be Boys The Negative Effects of Toxic Masculinity on Mental Health   Peining Zhang 11/27/2020  *June is Men’s Health Month! This movement strives to create awareness and fight the negative stigma of mental illnesses in men* The emphasis society places on social media creates a negative stigma towards mental health in men, branching off a set of unrealistic ideas created by society that are now seen as the norm. Toxic masculinity refers to a cultural concept that outlines hegemonic masculinity that could not only harm personal relationships, but mental health as well. Based on recent studies, it is clear that this harmful concept is deeply associated with the…

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    Body Image: The Never-Ending Insecurity

    Body Image: The Never-Ending Insecurity Allison Choi7/27/2020 TRIGGER WARNINGThis article contains body dysmorphia. Growing up, we’re told to love ourselves. We’re beautiful, confident, and strong. As little kids, it can feel as if we don’t have an insecure bone in our body. We’re so consumed with our childhood shenanigans that we don’t notice the pain and the beat-downs the world is about to throw at us. Your gorgeous body becomes disgusting, filthy, fat, etc.  Becoming older has its perks, but being exposed to the harsh reality of the world and the cruel people that fill it up can become difficult. And just like that, we’re on diets, exercise plans, and…

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    Eating Disorders and Emotional Abuse in Sports

    Eating Disorders and Emotional Abuse in Sports Chloe Phelps7/22/2020 TRIGGER WARNINGThis article mentions sensitive topics that may potentially affect the reader Everyone is familiar with the story of the anorexic dancer who starves for the demands of her sport. But in a world where most kids are exposed to competitive sports at young ages, negative mental health repercussions are not limited to dance. Rather, a more insidious type of damage is coming into play (no pun intended) and it’s often under-recognized or even normalized by parents and coaches alike. What is emotional abuse in athletics? Emotional abuse is “a repeated pattern of caregiver behavior or extreme incident(s) that convey to…

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    Parenting and Mental Health

    Parenting and Mental Health Common parenting styles, behaviors, and traits that can lead to mental health and behavioral issues. *TRIGGER WARNING FOR ABUSE* Arielle Del Rosario7/17/2020 The influence of parents on their children is inarguable. A healthy parent-child relationship increases the likelihood of kids developing strong self-esteem and healthy coping mechanisms. Parents should protect their children against adversity while still establishing reasonable boundaries to help them succeed. Many parents, however, use harmful methods or set a toxic example for the child to follow, increasing their vulnerability to mental illness, and emotional/behavioral issues. Physical Abuse In the US, nearly 8 million children are reported to experience physical abuse, and it’s very likely there are more. Childhood abuse…

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    I’m So Angry, I’m Crying

    I’m So Angry, I’m Crying Why do I cry when I’m angry? Siyu Peng7/15/2020 Do you know the feeling when you’re in a heated argument with someone and your eyes begin to water? You do everything you can to keep the tears at bay because you can’t possibly cry in an argument, right? I know that feeling, too, and today we’re going to take a quick look into why some people feel the urge to cry when they’re angry. Before we begin, let’s talk about what’s so wrong with crying when you’re angry. You could pin it on the societal pressure, that crying would be a sign of weakness and by…