Academics

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Mental health support is lacking

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Why are teachers still mostly white?

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Do it now, not later

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4 tips to study effectively

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Eight ways to boost your productivity when you’re feeling unmotivated

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Just do it, regret it later!

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Don’t stop believing in yourself no matter what happens

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Fitting into a stereotype doesn’t make me the stereotype

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Odd one out

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Becoming who I am

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My pillar of privilege: a love letter to public libraries

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A Pointless Argument

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School needs to teach life skills

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Why we should teach Critical Race Theory in schools

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Senioritis isn't always a bad thing

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Why do our high school lives revolve around college admissions?

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Should college be free?

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Dr. Devara

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Connect the dots

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It's not just clothes

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Trying something new

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Butterflies flown through my stomach

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School life

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New things

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My life

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Identity eater

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A week in the life

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I'm a pisces, after all

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A hot summer of traveling

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Starting online school in the summer

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Last year was hard

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Chaos in my mind

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I still have no clue what I want to be

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Series of thoughts

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My last week of Arabic school

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Early life crisis

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A word a day keeps the doctors away

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Timing

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Journal of a teen journalist: COVID-19 fun-demic

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Self-care or laziness?

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Growing up as a Muslim girl in America

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My past doesn't define me

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The importance of my library

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Those who dream of gardens must sometimes let themselves wilt

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Adults, lay off the judgement over what girls wear

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Goals are overrated

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Learning and its importance

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COVID-19 taught me how to “do me.”

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Q&A with Emily Hsieh

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The innocent-looking poison

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Winning a class election as the new kid

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The approval we need

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Sophomore year in a chess game

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The sorrows of a young high school introvert

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A hectic to-do list

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Exam answers from a student during COVID-19

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The student loan debt crisis is sinking Americans

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Five ways to boost your productivity

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Four things we can learn from the Chinese education system

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Seven things to do to make reading a real habit

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A tale of two "hobbies"

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Thinking about my future

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Bonus problems make a difference

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Looking back at the last year

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I live in a dystopia

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Given the circumstances

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The experience of time during the pandemic

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College, stress, and the coronavirus

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Learning to thrive, remotely

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Finding the one teacher that understands you can change your life

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Why I appreciate having a busy schedule

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The one-size-fits-all model of public education is failing its members

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Colleges shouldn’t require standardized testing

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Lack of focus

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A week in my life in the Dominican Republic

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Butterfly effect

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Remarkable

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Language is the key to a voice

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Yarn to masterpiece

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One day

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Dear diary

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Lonely star

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Money shouldn’t be a taboo subject

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What choice do I want for myself?

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Same blood, own soul

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Love languages

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Hurt

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How can school be better for teachers and students?

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Procrastination and you

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Take college courses in high school

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I wanted to play baseball

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My classics aspirations

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The nightmare of LinkedIn

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Just another day

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My life, five days a week

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English Class

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Early December reflections

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My past, present and future

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Being Asian in the classroom

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That kid