The Model Minority Myth

By Allie Skalnik When people use the phrase ‘model minority’, they are usually referring to a racial minority that is perceived to hold a higher socioeconomic status than other minority groups. But this phrase holds many important connotations as well. In addition to socioeconomic status, it is not uncommon for the perceived privilege of model […]

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  • Why Is Discussing Mental Health Important?

    By Avani Papadopoulos We’re always asking our family and friends how they feel on a certain day, but do we really recognize the importance of asking “How are you today?” Those words are pretty impactful and can mean a lot to people who are having a stressful day or are going through a difficult period […]

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  • What Sawkill Girls Says About YA Literature

    By Allie Skalnik I’m someone who can work my way through nearly any book, in grueling half an hour segments no matter how uninteresting. But when I really love a book, you better believe I’m spending the next fourteen hours on it: sleep is for the weak. Sawkill Girls ranked somewhere in between those two […]

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  • I Capture the Castle: The Question of Feminism

    By Allie Skalnik  I was given this book for my eighth-grade graduation along with a raving review of the book’s brilliant female protagonist, Cassandra Mortmain. I only got around to reading the book recently, which is unfortunate because I now believe that my eighth-grade self would have been able to learn a lot from Cassandra. […]

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  • Is the Myers-Briggs Personality Test Accurate?

    By Avani Papadopoluos The Myers-Briggs Personality Test measures psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. However, is it really accurate and justifiable to say that this test can determine your personality?   To answer this, first we have to take a step back and understand what personality is. The Google dictionary […]

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  • What is a Strong Female Character?

    By Allie Skalnik “Strong female character”. The phrase seems to have devolved into a buzzword more than anything empowering or meaningful. But after watching one too many teenage rom coms grasping at female empowerment with, as a friend put it, “usually white, straight, smart, sassy, etc.” leads (she’s not like other girls), I found myself […]

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  • The History of National Parks

    by Allie Skalnik What prompted the creation of National Parks? By 1832, Americans were realizing that fewer and fewer places could be called wild and untouched by civilization. The fear was that industrialization would sweep through every wild place in the country, and that wildness, a representation of freedom, something we have defined as uniquely […]

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