Movie Review: 50/50

Posted December 13, 2014 no picture Grace O

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Movie Review: “50/50” “50/50”, inspired by the true story of its screenplay writer Will Reiser, is a story about approaching sickness with the greatest treatment- friendship. Adam, played by Joseph Gordon Levitt, is diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 27. His odds of survival (as the title suggests) are 50/50. Unlike many movies, Adam doesn’t try to discover the meaning of life when he is faced with cancer. When the doctor delivers the saddening news, he reacts...


Searching for Scale Free Values: A TED Talk

Posted December 10, 2014 no picture Grace O

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend a TED talk about education. As a student, I found it extremely rewarding and interesting. I thought I'd share the TED talk of Steve Brown, the Founder and CEO of Ignite Channel, with you! What drives your passion and motivates you? Why do you do what you do? Most answers, whether it is good grades or a higher salary, trace back to man’s seemingly innate pursuit of money, power, and status. Steve Brown contends that these values have...


Searching for Scale Free Values: A TED Talk

Posted December 6, 2014 no picture Grace O

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend a TED talk about education. As a student, I found it extremely rewarding and interesting. I thought I'd share the TED talk of Steve Brown, the Founder and CEO of Ignite Channel, with you! What drives your passion and motivates you? Why do you do what you do? Most answers, whether it is good grades or a higher salary, trace back to man’s seemingly innate pursuit of money, power, and status. Steve Brown contends that these values have...


Thanksgiving

Posted November 29, 2014 no picture Grace O

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“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ~William Penn Gratitude has been scientifically proven to strengthen your immune system, make you happier and more optimistic, less lonely and isolated! So because it was Thanksgiving in the US last Thursday, I thought I'd compile a list of things I can all be thankful for. Make sure you take time to reflect, be thankful, and share your love with your family and friends this week!...


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...


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    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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