Not everyone is beautiful. Despite the recent self esteem campaigns that assure women that their flaws are figments of their imaginations, not all women are good looking in reality. So it is fortunate that outer appearance is not as important as these campaigns would lead us to believe.
In order to encourage teachers to remain focused on teaching specifically for the AP exam, instructors’ salaries should be based on how well their students perform on the annual test. This change would provide teachers with a financial incentive to teach students material that will help them receive college credit and a better standing on their college application.
There is little work being done to convince the public, especially women, to embrace natural skin tone. Even though there have been laws banning minors from using tanning salons in California, there is virtually no progress in changing America’s tan-obsessed culture.
In high school, it’s easy to get caught up in your own workload. Homework, grades, and test scores become your life, and everything else takes a backseat. It’s easy to think that you’re the only person in the world who is struggling.
It should be okay for girls to feel good about themselves, and to be able to accept compliments. There is something wrong with the way our society frowns upon a self-assured girl. This discourages girls to feel beautiful, and to truly embrace themselves.
Last month, the Republican party shut down the government in an attempt to gain concessions regarding the Affordable Care Act. The House Republicans responsible for the shutdown have shown themselves to be inept as strategists, incapable as politicians, and dangerous as leaders.
At face value, there’s nothing harmful about telling stories of shared experience. However, tales of uncles who knew someone who was kind of near Boston the week of the bombing are more than just annoying. Arbitrary connections to tragic events, and the competition surrounding these connections, are harmful to those actually involved in the incident and stem from a shameless need for attention and sympathy.
As the hipster fad thrives at LGHS, the word “mainstream” has become synonymous with “inferior.” Our generation tries to be unique in any way possible, but music preference seems to be where most people try the hardest. It seems that many people think listening to underground music makes their taste in music superior.
Over the past few months I have been absorbed into the new social media craze Vine, a new app that lets smartphone users create six second videos. At first, it was my guilty pleasure. I would obsessively scroll through the popular page and laugh until tears came out of my eyes, but recently the videos that have the most “likes” and “revines” use racism as a cheap punchline.
Students should try to stay away from the topic of scores and numbers, because the competition should be between their fellow applicants instead of their friends.