Opinion: Nine (and Three-Quarters) Things Harry Potter Taught Me About College

While some of us are still fixated on receiving our Hogwarts acceptance letters, others realize that the lives of these witches and wizards aren’t too far off from our own as college students. As a fellow Gryffindor and Harry Potter fan, here are nine important lessons Harry Potter taught me about being a college student. Don’t judge people by initial appearances. Big and burly Hagrid … Continue reading Opinion: Nine (and Three-Quarters) Things Harry Potter Taught Me About College

From “Model Minority” to “Yellow Peril”: The Pervasive Consequences of Coronavirus

Taking extra precautions against the coronavirus is fine. Racism and bigotry are not.  The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has caused global hysteria and Asian Americans are once again facing hostility because it originated from Wuhan, China. This racism and xenophobia are sustained by discourse that continues to coasts the bodies and behaviors of Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans such as wearing masks as … Continue reading From “Model Minority” to “Yellow Peril”: The Pervasive Consequences of Coronavirus

Opinion: A Weird Moment in American Democracy

Regardless of where you stand politically, this is a weird moment for American democracy. For the first time in over one hundred years a socialist candidate, Bernie Sanders, has a strong chance at the White House. The last major socialist candidate for President, Eugene V. Debs, won 6% of the popular vote in 1912 under the Socialist Party ticket, a political party which no longer … Continue reading Opinion: A Weird Moment in American Democracy

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Opinion – High School Musical: the Musical: the Series

I guess it really is the start of something new. Or is it the start of something similar? High School Musical: the Musical: the Series premiered last year on November 12, 2019 on Disney’s new streaming platform called Disney+. The series follows the students of East High School (the school where the original High School Musical movies were filmed) and their production of High School … Continue reading Opinion – High School Musical: the Musical: the Series

Opinion: Leave Lizzo Alone

This truth hurts: The commentary on fat bodies needs to stop. Personal trainer and fitness mogul Jillian Michaels controversially made headlines recently for her spicy comments about the body and health of musician and entertainer Melissa Viviane Jefferson, more widely known by her celebrity moniker Lizzo. In an interview for a Buzzfeed News morning show, Michaels asked “Why are we celebrating her body? Why does … Continue reading Opinion: Leave Lizzo Alone

What’s Wrong with Amazon?

When was the last time you ordered something from Amazon? For some people, it’s been only hours since they last ordered something from the retail giant. With a reported net sale of $232.9 billion in 2018, it’s clear that Amazon has a pervasive global reach and a large consumer base. The exponential growth of the retail giant has been called, “The Amazon Effect” and it … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Amazon?

Opinion: Travel & Moderation

“I know a girl that saves pictures from places she’s flown To post later and make it look like she still on the go” “Emotionless” by Drake, Scorpion (2018) In the Fourth Act and First Scene of Shakespeare’s As You Like It (my favorite), in a scene between two of the pivotal characters Jaques and Rosalind, the latter makes a remark critical towards the former … Continue reading Opinion: Travel & Moderation

Why Turkey is Overrated: My Favorite Thanksgiving Meal

For many Americans, the thing they look forward to most is a nice, big juicy turkey on Thanksgiving day. Each turkey is accompanied by the usual: creamy mash potatoes with thick gravy, cranberry sauce, gooey mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, and stuffing. And to top off the meal, pumpkin or apple pie with whipped cream is served.  This Thanksgiving meal takes hours, if not … Continue reading Why Turkey is Overrated: My Favorite Thanksgiving Meal

Opinion: Why Halloween is My Most Important Holiday

I’ve grown up in southern California my whole life, so some would say that I don’t know a ‘real’ Fall. The first half of our autumns here are dry and hot, and with the second half a slow decline into a mild and drier winter. Dry pine needles litter the sidewalks and the hot Santa Ana winds blow by our sides, sometimes fiercely. Everyday feels … Continue reading Opinion: Why Halloween is My Most Important Holiday

Thoughts on the “Joker” and Its Controversial Reception

On July 2012, a mass shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70 others occurred at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. Seven years later and the family members of those killed in the fatal shooting have signed a letter to Warner Bros in response to the premiere of Todd Philips’ R-rated Joker film, sharing concerns about the film and asking … Continue reading Thoughts on the “Joker” and Its Controversial Reception

Opinion: How to Handle a Series of Unfortunate Events

I usually consider myself a lucky, miracle child. I was born at six months old and even though many doctors and at times my own mother didn’t think I would make it, I defied all odds and here I am, at the ripe age of 21.  I’m a miracle child, great things happen to me, but nature likes to keep things in balance and often … Continue reading Opinion: How to Handle a Series of Unfortunate Events

Opinion: Writing from the Heart

I once had a friend tell me, “Writing should not be personal.” The context of our conversation was that I was having a little trouble with creative writing. I was working on a piece about my best friend and I was struggling with proving true, factual imagery. They believed that every line in my poem didn’t have to be true, and though he could be … Continue reading Opinion: Writing from the Heart

Opinion: My Homegirl

So the truth is, being hyper-emotional is my birthright according to astrologists and those who believe in the signs. Though I have proven this stereotype is right sometimes, I am what my brother’s would call ‘dead’ inside. Because though I am an emotional human being, I mostly process my emotions by myself and rarely share my love to people- I mean that’s a whole different … Continue reading Opinion: My Homegirl