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Illustration by Andrea Nebhut Imagine you’re a public school teacher. You most likely wake up every morning at an ungodly hour to go teach at a school with the few resources you are given and the supplies you had to pay for out of pocket. After a long day of class time with classrooms filled to the brim, some of your students even sitting on the floors, you probably spend hours working essentially for free...

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It’s no secret that the U.S. education system is fundamentally flawed in more ways than I can write in one or even thousands of columns. From our shameful teacher salaries to our overwhelming need to put kids into boxes and reduce them to numbers based on standardized test scores, the U.S. has a lot of work to do. Besides our overemphasis on testing, there are other aspects of the curriculum that we fail to recognize...

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This week, I set out to prove people wrong about our generation. I went the whole week without using any social media, including Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the intention of getting through it with ease. I thought I was going to realize how little I really needed it and how older generations are wrong when they say we’re “zombies” or “glued to our phones.” Needless to say, this isn’t exactly how it went....

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This week, I decided to try something new, again. As a meat eater my entire life, I became vegetarian for a week. I went seven days refraining from eating meat for the first time in my life, and guess what? It really wasn’t that hard. I have always wanted to be vegetarian but had never given myself the chance. I always made excuses, as many of us do. I hear from a lot from people...

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My mom just congratulated me for having my first meltdown of the year in late September, and I was even a little bit excited for myself. I was like, huh, I have gotten almost a month and a half in and I am just now getting stressed enough to cry about it. Good for me! Granted, last year at this time, I was a mess of a first-year with a twitchy eyelid because I refused...