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A TEEN'S PALO ALTO

A cultural tug-of-war: who do I cheer for in the Olympics?

I love the Olympics. There’s something truly special about it, watching the most talented athletes from a diverse set of countries come together to participate...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Feb. 16, 2022
Last comment by Jason Tang, on Mar 31, 2022 at 2:52 pm | 72 comments | 3341 Views

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Social media and the sustainable fashion movement

Social media has caused the idea of living sustainably—more specifically, dressing sustainably—to take over the teenage world, as well as mainstream...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Aug. 14, 2021
Last comment by jamesbenzo11, on Oct 4, 2021 at 3:28 pm | 4 comments | 8651 Views

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My thoughts on the anti-Asian attacks

Attacks against Asians in California, in 2021 alone: On January 28, 2021, an elderly Thai-American man, Vicha Ratanapakdee, was assaulted in San Francisco, later...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Mar. 19, 2021
Last comment by Tui Ngyuen, on Mar 24, 2021 at 3:54 am | 82 comments | 51814 Views

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Let’s do better: start by believing survivors.

This is a call to action. Under the surface of the Palo Alto Unified School District’s high-class education and suburban bubble lies a sinister reality....

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Jan. 25, 2021
Last comment by R. Cavendish, on Feb 24, 2021 at 1:57 pm | 4 comments | 5759 Views

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Feminism: what’s so wrong about equal rights?

Feminism. Its primary definition, according to Merriam-Webster, is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. So, in theory, even if...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Jan. 1, 2021
Last comment by Squidsie, on Jan 10, 2021 at 12:10 pm | 10 comments | 9853 Views

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The toxic world of hustle culture

During the summer and pressured by new acquaintances, I made a LinkedIn account, which I have barely checked since. The website, while a valuable networking resource,...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Nov. 15, 2020
Last comment by Midtown Parent, on Nov 19, 2020 at 11:31 pm | 6 comments | 4455 Views

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Why I mind my own business

If something doesn’t harm other people or affect my life, it shouldn’t be any of my concern. That’s my general rule of thumb when it comes to...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Oct. 2, 2020
Last comment by Daymarea Green, on Nov 13, 2020 at 10:13 am | 26 comments | 5753 Views

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Why can't high schoolers write?

American schools have a big problem: they don’t teach us how to write well. Basic grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors are commonplace in the writing...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Sep. 12, 2020
Last comment by District parent, on Sep 18, 2020 at 11:09 am | 13 comments | 5103 Views

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On America’s polarized political climate: why is it so difficult to admit it when we’re wrong?

Living in Palo Alto often feels like living in a city-sized bubble; there is little variation in opinion, and a general view of society that everybody adopts without...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Aug. 16, 2020
Last comment by Justin Case, on Aug 22, 2020 at 12:29 pm | 9 comments | 6211 Views

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Black Lives Matter: on the topic of protesting and looting

As of recently, every single one of the 50 states has participated in some form of protest. The Black Lives Matter movement has swept across the country following...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Jun. 3, 2020
Last comment by IdPnSD, on Aug 1, 2020 at 5:31 pm | 64 comments | 126051 Views

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Magical Bridge Foundation: a pillar of support during hard times

In light of the current circumstances, it may be tempting to say that we’re all in the same boat. However, the saying “we’re all in the same storm,...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Jul. 25, 2020
Last comment by joycerey, on Jul 29, 2020 at 2:50 pm | 4 comments | 6247 Views

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George Floyd's tragedy exposes tense polarization between Americans

“Please, I can’t breathe.” George Floyd, nicknamed the “gentle giant” by family and friends, was a 46 year old black man who passed...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on May. 28, 2020
Last comment by Michael D, on Jun 21, 2020 at 12:03 am | 53 comments | 12791 Views

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Coronavirus: tips to increase productivity at home

Staying motivated when teachers and superiors aren't present as a form of supervision is difficult. One complication of online work I've encountered personally is...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Apr. 26, 2020
Last comment by A parent with kids in high school, on May 2, 2020 at 12:45 pm | 3 comments | 3747 Views

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Coronavirus: Why aren't some people social distancing?

With coronavirus invading not only the immune systems of people around the world but also our everyday lives, we all want it to go away and never come back. But...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Apr. 17, 2020
Last comment by Observer, on Apr 20, 2020 at 12:52 pm | 9 comments | 6010 Views

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How COVID-19 Affects Communities

When the coronavirus was first discovered, nobody expected it to blow up the way it did. In fact, the virus was not perceived as dangerous at all until it took lives...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Mar. 25, 2020
Last comment by Trump fired the national pandemic team, on Mar 29, 2020 at 6:18 pm | 19 comments | 27114 Views

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High School's Abundance of Offensive Humor

Walking around the halls, it’s difficult not to overhear snippets of loud, boisterous conversations around me, most of which I can easily ignore and...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Mar. 11, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Mar 20, 2020 at 12:05 pm | 10 comments | 8133 Views

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Overachieving in High School: Is It Worth It?

In Palo Alto, where every high-achieving parent moves to get closer to Stanford and give their children the best education, emphasis on schoolwork is often overwhelming....

Original post made by Jessica Zang on Feb. 24, 2020
Last comment by Hello, on Mar 12, 2020 at 8:42 pm | 32 comments | 10274 Views
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