An Entire Weekend of “Doing Nothing”

I am bombarded with schoolwork all day, every day. But not today. This weekend, I had absolutely no deadlines to meet; no essays, tests, readings, projects that I know will painstakingly be added up to create my final second semester grades. While my ideal reaction to this type of situation would be to rejoice and […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About College Applications

1. The Common App: Also known as the brain grinder. High school seniors can make a common app account to apply to the numerous colleges included on there. You can also find essay prompts from the colleges and options to include recommenders. What teachers usually won’t tell you is that filling out the common app […]

The Philosophy Behind Open Course Classes

During the summer, I needed something to do. It wasn’t me to just sit around and watch TV shows all day and feel satisfied. While others were vacationing in Europe and touring the Eiffel tower, I was stuck at home surrounded by cornfields. It was then that I decided to increase my productivity self-esteem by […]

The Lingering Past, Internal Army, and Implausible Future

To me, the past feels like the lingering kiss of someone who’s far gone from your life. To me, the past isn’t something you can change, you should want to change, or anything you should look back to all. There’s no reason at all to go back because what’s forward is more important—and more importantly, […]

College students should take advantage of study abroad experiences

Making the jump from high school to college proves to be a huge feat for some, with new people, new classes and a new environment. And in this entire bustle, another type of new experience is often lost: the study abroad experience. Luckily, I go to Pepperdine University where international programs are highly encouraged as […]

The Difference Between British and American Universities

  When pursuing an education, would you prefer a professional-level specialization or freedom of choice? Going into London for a study abroad program, that was the first time I realized how different the British “uni” system was from the United States. In fact, university and college don’t even mean the same thing to them. It […]

Australian Teen Sues School For Poor Results

Early this year, in May, an Australian teen, Rose Ashton-Weir, 18, along with her mother, Elizabeth Weir, decided to sue her former school for not providing “exceptional” education, nor adequate support, particularly in math. The school in question is the Geelong Grammar School, an elite Australian private and boarding school whose notable alumni include HRH […]

Remove Algebra? You Must Be Kidding.

As a non-subscriber, I’m only treated to 10 New York Times articles a month, and when August began, one of the first articles I read was the opinion piece by Professor Andrew Hacker, who argued that Algebra is unnecessary in schools, and ought to be removed for 2 reasons – (1) Kids generally suck at […]

Minneapolis turns its back on special needs students

Last week, the one-year-old charter school Minnesota School of Science informed the families of 40 North Minneapolis students with special needs, such as Autism and Down’s Syndrome, that they would be breaking their promise of allowing these students to return to class in September. The school took over the district’s Cityview Elementary School in August […]

So long summer vacation, hello fall semester!

Getting ready for school doesn’t have to be all work and no play! I’ve got you covered with these basics. It’s that time of year, y’all. While the hot and humid weather may be around for a few more months, summer vacation is coming to a close. I know many of you are sad to […]

The Test that’s the door to the future

The futures of high school seniors in China were set in stone about a week ago, when the grades for the National Higher Education Entrance Examination, or gaokao (高考), were released to test-takers across the country. According to Edward Wong of the New York Times, families huddled in front of computers and phones, waiting for […]

Mom Sends Child to School With Drug Laced Lunch

Torina Ann Gutierrez, a 34-year-old Texas mom, was arrested on Friday after sending her six-year-old daughter to school with a PCP laced sandwich packed in her lunchbox. PCP, or phencyclidine, is a hallucinogenic drug also referred to as “angel dust”. Faculty and staff of Popham Elementary school in DeValle, Texas said the first grade child […]