Life During COVID-19

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Tips to improve your baking

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Tips on how to keep sane during delta

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My pillar of privilege: a love letter to public libraries

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Real Dreamers Change The World

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Social media negatively impacts mental health

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Dr. Devara

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Connect the dots

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Trying something new

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My life

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It's all about team spirit

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Identity eater

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Emotions about leaving

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Different types of pain

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The downfall of our climate

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Birthdays, penguins, and fireworks!

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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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Koalas, thoughts, and daydreams

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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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Into the mind of a 17-year-old

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Thinking makes me feel

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Some reading recommendations

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Take care of each other

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I want to build a house for my mom

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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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Summer days

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Ant's Amalgamation

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Why do I like the Joker?

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

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A tough weekend in July

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My past doesn't define me

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Goals are overrated

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Duality of Selfishness

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COVID-19 taught me how to “do me.”

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Q&A: Mother and daughter

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Q&A with Emily Hsieh

Class of 2023 SCR Elections instructions to-do list for candidates running in fall 2020. Photo taken by the author.

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

An edited image of the author's "failure resume" with school supplies on her desk. Edit created by the author.

My failure resume

A homemade pizza topped with cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms and tomatoes. Photo taken by the author.

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.

The author, a fifteen-year-old boy acting fifteen months old as he attempts to reverse time. Photo courtesy of Daniel Merchan

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

A comic-style illustration of a food desert. Art credit to Shirley Cannon.

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