Finding community in the COVID climate

Amalie Zinn, co-founder of “Interfaith Online;” Maryland— In March, I packed up a few suitcases and caught a flight from Wisconsin to DC for an extended spring break due to COVID-19. A few weeks later, the University of Wisconsin-Madison notified us that, like most other universities, we would not be coming back in April andContinue reading “Finding community in the COVID climate”

Before a graduation.

A collage by Abigail Murphy Abigail Murphy; Arlington, Virginia— There’s an aching in my neck from leaning, Head slouched over shoulders, typing, reading,  Watching, rarely speaking. And myself—I Ache. Aching for a connection, feeling.  Rush of joy, excitement, sadness, feeling.  That feeling of uniting with someone Across space. Seeing their body, feeling Their presence. TwoContinue reading “Before a graduation.”

Homemade education: intergenerational stigmas on homeschool

Michaela Wang— My hands struggle through the thick cornstarch and water mixture, glop sticking to my hair and the tabletop underneath. Solid blends with liquid, stabilizing and destabilizing as my sister repeatedly punches the surface. She won’t stop, and my mother won’t stop her until we comprehend the non-Newtonian fluid theory: viscosity can change, whenContinue reading “Homemade education: intergenerational stigmas on homeschool”

How getting informed has changed my world

Emmet Jamieson; Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania— I’ve been writing news articles for over two years now. I wrote for my high school paper as a junior and senior, contributed articles to my town’s newspaper and magazine and spent the summer before senior year attending a journalism program at Northwestern University. I love writing news so much thatContinue reading “How getting informed has changed my world”

Now is the time to abandon racist sports nicknames

Mason Arneson; Hopkins, MN— The Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins, two major sports teams whose franchise names are slurs for Native Americans, announced in the past week that they would review and possibly swap their team names for new, less culturally offensive alternatives. The debate has been raging for decades now, and with the waveContinue reading “Now is the time to abandon racist sports nicknames”

Becoming a political minority at my Catholic high school

Farrah Anderson; Danville, IL— Fiscally conservative and socially liberal: a popular phrase coined among moderates across the country. If you would have asked me how I identified politically during my freshman year of high school, I would have regurgitated that statement back to you without hesitation. I was pro-life and waiting for marriage, fulfilling theContinue reading “Becoming a political minority at my Catholic high school”

Mississippi’s state flag is gone, but the work is far from over

Violet Jira— To be Black in Mississippi is to exist in a constant state of ambivalence.  I love my state immensely, but sometimes I can’t help but wonder if that love is misplaced, if my state loves me back.  I grew up in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, between the cotton fields and beneathContinue reading “Mississippi’s state flag is gone, but the work is far from over”

The plight of the sebaceous teen: Preventing ‘maskne’ during COVID

Matthew Chen— Over time, masks and face coverings become cesspools of dirt and bacteria which can lead to “maskne” (mask acne) if not properly treated. Quarantine is hard enough without a face full of painful pimples; thankfully, there are simple ways to help prevent this scourge.  It is important to differentiate the two types ofContinue reading “The plight of the sebaceous teen: Preventing ‘maskne’ during COVID”

Being pro-choice in a conservative state

Anvitha Reddy— Surrounded by my liberal peers, I gave speech after speech analyzing progressive policy and debating it’s nuances. In my bubble of traditionally liberal high school debate, I almost felt safe from the attacks on my human rights happening across the nation and sometimes forgot I lived in one of the country’s most conservativeContinue reading “Being pro-choice in a conservative state”