• Life,  World Life

    Teenagers Are NOT Apolitical

    On a Tuesday night in early November, halfway around the world, millions of Americans were shocked at the outcome of their presidential election. My political friends and I had pulled an all-nighter the night before just to talk about the possibility of Donald Trump as the next leader of the US. The next morning, I headed to school to find…

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    December 2016: In Memoriam

    While December is usually the happiest month of the year, filled with the Christmas spirit and excitement for ringing in the New Year, the conclusion of 2016 was far from it. The end of last year saw a significant number of deaths within the artistic community. Here are just a few for summary and remembrance: Richard Adams: Born: 9th May 1920 Died:…

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    Badass Ladies in History: Katharine Hepburn

    There are many areas in which women can succeed, but the decades prior to 2017 made it a challenge. Many industries rejected female workers or hired them only for menial jobs, such as secretaries and waitresses. Hollywood was no exception. In an industry that wanted women to look pretty and play the part of the dumb blonde, the girl next door,…

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    World News 2016: End of the Year Summary

    For those of you living under a rock (like me sometimes), or for those who just want something to reflect on, I have collected some news stories that affected everyone this past month. Enjoy this selection! Trump’s Victory: President Donald Trump winning the election that took place on November 8th did not just rattle the people of America. Adults and…

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    Badass Ladies in History: Katherine Johnson

    Hello, dear readers! The year is almost over, but that doesn’t mean that our stories about Badass Women in History will stop. Each month we’ll continue to write about a historical badass lady so you can learn about their contributions to society and be inspired. If you read October’s article, you learned about Fatima Al-Fihri: the woman who created the first university. This month you’ll discover the…

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    Surviving Finals Week

    As the last days of November have drawn to a close, we finally begin our countdown to Christmas. On every street corner, glittering lights are strung amongst tinsel and bells. In every household, Christmas trees bear their glorious ornaments. All through the town, the sounds of Christmas can be heard. Along with the anticipation of a cheerful season, the coming of…

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    The Struggle of Pay Inequality

    It’s hard to believe that in our modern age, despite all of the changes our society has experienced, men are still paid more than women. For every dollar a man makes, a woman only makes 77 cents. As a woman who is soon to join the work force, I am severely concerned and disturbed by the fact that a man will get paid…

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    Eliza Hamilton: Badass Lady in History

    If you’re a Hamilton fan, you may know quite a lot about Eliza Hamilton already. Fans of the musical on the Internet have famously coined her a cinnamon roll, praising her for her incredible strength, bottomless kindness, and endless generosity. Through the many struggles she faced in her life, Eliza persevered, deserving her the title of a truly Badass Lady in History.…

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    Badass Ladies in History: Fatima Al-Fihri

    Hello, Germ readers! I hope you enjoyed the first article I wrote for this series. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. This month we look at the major accomplishment of Fatima Al-Fihri, the Badass Lady who created the first university. A big thanks to our reader Hadice for this month’s suggestion! Today, a college degree is more important than…

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    The Creepy Clown Invasion

    October is inarguably one of the greatest months of the year. It is a month filled with pumpkin carving, corn mazes, sweater weather, and lots of good, old-fashioned family fun. One of the most beloved and highly anticipated activities of October falls on the very last day of the month and celebrates the secular holiday of All Hallow’s Eve, or…