Every student's nightmare: Procrastination

Posted November 22, 2014 no picture Grace O

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Everyone's struggled with procrastination. I can procrastinate with reading, watching TV, eating, even watching videos about how to stop procrastination! Sometimes, it feels as though I would rather do anything but study for a Chemistry test. We know that we have deadlines - flashing, bolded dates on calendars and diaries, but somehow, we just can't seem to start working. As deadlines loom above us, we suddenly find another YouTube video that we have to watch, a friend we have to c...


Standardized Testing: Should it be required?

Posted November 15, 2014 no picture Grace O

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I recently studied for and took the SAT, the standardized test required for admission for many US universities. This process led me to do a lot of research about standardized testing, which has made me really think- should standardized testing be required? Standardized testing aims to test a student's basic ability, predict his/her success in college, and provide a good comparison between students. The ACT and SAT are both standardized tests, and standardized tests have many term...


How can we prevent Youth Unemployment?

Posted November 1, 2014 no picture Grace O

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Unemployment has always been a major issue for both the people and the government. There are millions of youth that neither have jobs nor are pursuing higher education, which leads to uncertain futures and negatively impacts their long-term employment prospects. So how can we deal with youth unemployment? Education This solution is an obvious one- more education leads to a better equipped and competitive workforce that is suitable for more jobs. However, education is a long-t...


Are children better off now than they were 25 years ago?

Posted October 25, 2014 no picture Grace O

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Are children better off now than they were 25 years ago? The answer is a resounding yes. The convention was a watershed for human rights, so much so that today, many children are able to take these rights for granted. 25 years ago, children were regarded more as objects, either property of their parents, or helpless beings that needed to be fully guided. The convention established that each child is an individual, with his/her own rights to be respected and protected. Children...


Occupy Central- What's Happening in Hong Kong?

Posted October 4, 2014 no picture Grace O

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If you have been reading the news recently, you will probably know about Occupy Central, a protest movement that is currently happening in Hong Kong. As a citizen of Hong Kong, I have been following it closely. What is Occupy Central? Basically, Occupy Central is a protest movement in Hong Kong mainly calling for democracy. Why is Occupy Central happening? This traces back to many years ago, before Hong Kong was a part of China. When Hong Kong was handed over to China i...


Depression - what does it look like?

Posted September 27, 2014 no picture Grace O

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Depression is often treated lightly - around school, we can often hear classmates throwing the term around lightly and claiming they are "depressed" when they have extra homework, received a bad grade, or when they get told off by a teacher. "Depressed" has become just another synonym for "sad" or "disappointed". But depression is a real mental condition that is incredibly difficult to deal with. It doesn't just affect the mind; it can also affect the body, and one's well-being....


LGBT Rights in Asia

Posted September 13, 2014 no picture Grace O

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The recent wedding between a senior British diplomat to his male partner in Beijing has instigated a discussion over gay rights in China. You can read about it here. The couple's posting of their wedding on Chinese site Weibo was quickly shared more than 60,000 times. However many Chinese commentators took to Weibo and other social media websites to attack the couple. One said, “That country [Britain] is sick. It’s like the last days of Rome”. Another said that same-sex...


Dealing with Academic Pressure

Posted September 6, 2014 no picture Grace O

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There is a prevalent stereotype that Asian countries heap extreme amounts of academic pressure on their youth, and, in my community, that is completely true! Universities in my country don't pay attention to extra-curriculars, hobbies, or your passion- instead of a holistic application process, universities simply request your academic grades. Because of this, schools, teachers, parents, and even students, place too much pressure on themselves to perform well in school. So now that...


Book Review: I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Posted August 23, 2014 no picture Grace O

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I recently read "I am the Messenger" by Markus Zusak, and found it an engaging and poignant book. “I am the Messenger”, written by Markus Zusak (author of “The Book Thief”), tells the tale of a drifting and listless teenager, Ed Kennedy. At first glance, Ed appears to be a complete loser. An underage cabdriver with not much of a future ahead of him, Ed spends most of his leisure time playing poker and pining helplessly over his best friend Audrey, who doesn’t even belie...


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  • Grace O

    Hi! My name is Grace, I'm 16 this year, and I love reading! I'm passionate about education, women's rights, and environmental protection. Feel free to talk to me!


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