Life During COVID-19

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Q&A: Mother and daughter

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Q&A with Emily Hsieh

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Winning a class election as the new kid

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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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My failure resume

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Two simple recipes

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How to cook

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Exam answers from a student during COVID-19

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The bliss of exercise and nutrition

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Asian American and Pacific Islander hate crimes are increasing. No one is talking about it.

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Six ways to stay a kid forever

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Over the ocean and far away

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Thinking about my future

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The new goodbye

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Playing pretend

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Practice makes perfect

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I miss my friends— and cheeseburgers

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Looking back at the last year

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Holidays during COVID

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Time is passing

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Life is very annoying

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I live in a dystopia

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Life, before and during the pandemic

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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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Learning to love

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COVID-19: A tragedy

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COVID-19; Finding Myself

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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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Relationships hurt, especially in a pandemic

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Food deserts: bringing awareness during the pandemic

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Local business leaders reflect on surviving one year of COVID-19

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Mental health and the economy

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Boston's gentrification problem

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Small businesses are struggling in the pandemic: why?

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For no longer strangers!

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Alien bedtime story

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Go enjoy life

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Lack of focus

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A week in my life in the Dominican Republic

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All due thanks to Taylor Swift

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Yarn to masterpiece

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One day

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Hope and worry during a quarantine school year

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What choice do I want for myself?

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What online friends taught me about maintaining relationships

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Same blood, own soul

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Love languages

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The mock truth, the whole mock truth, and nothing but the mock truth

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Have conversations about mental health

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Take mental health disorders seriously

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Things to do to stay productive at home

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8 fun different activities you can do during a snow day that is during a pandemic

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Top 4 things to do in quarantine

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I am in fear

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Pandemic travel with my family

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Hurricanes in Honduras

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The vaccine of the year

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Giving back to the community

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Why we need boredom

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Come eat with us

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Libraries and why we need them

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Passion away from the screen

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My family's fight with COVID-19

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My classics aspirations

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Who's to blame?

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What we deserve to choose

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Just another day

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Life, at the moment

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Snow Nostalgia

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My life, five days a week

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English Class

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The world's most oblivious robbery

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My "Star Wars" marathon

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Early December reflections

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COVID's holiday season

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The great hotdog debate of 2020

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My past, present and future

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The great American deceit

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Deconstructing America's healthcare system

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Red is sus

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An ode to the coffee mug

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Ode to the bathroom counter and late mornings

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Gloomy days

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Cure your boredom with these five movies

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My top six zombie movies

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Six activities to try this winter

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Would you consider Mousse desserts during Covid-19?

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Things to do in Key West, Florida

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Six YA books to read during the quarantine

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Racial Disparities & Public Health

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A strange night of pizza and '2K'