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M&M’s Have Gone Too Far

You Can’t Spell “Manipur” Without “I”

January 29, 2021

In December of 2018, my family and I visited the place my mother used to call home: Manipur, a state in northeast India. We’d been to India before, but the places we’d visited were nothing like this. This wasn’t big-city Delhi where my cousins took me and my brother to get McFlurries. It wasn’t the beaches of Goa where I befriended the stray dogs who roamed the shore. Manipur is practically...

Why Christmas 2020 Should Be 55 Days

December 11, 2020

Christmas celebrations this year should’ve started on the first day of November. Before anyone starts arguing with me about Thanksgiving, I’ll just say it: Thanksgiving sucks! Pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce absolutely slap, yes, but I sure didn’t need a whole holiday for them. Thanksgiving is so boring. Did it really make you feel any better about the state of the world? Did you spend that...

Best Hot Chocolate You Can Find In Stores

December 9, 2020

Private Selection White Chocolate Hot Chocolate: -1000/10 I know what you're thinking. Yes, this smells as BAD as it looks. It tastes just awful. I'm not going to lie, this made me almost throw up. Imagine: I take a sip and I immediately sprint to my fridge to find something to help drown out the gross taste. As one can tell, this was not a fun experience in the slightest. I could not get rid of the...

Camera Shy

December 3, 2020

At the start of pandemic school, students had the option to turn cameras on or off, but as we got deeper into the school year “Zoom etiquette” became less of an expectation and more of a requirement. On November 6, Director of the Upper School Ms. Pam McCarthy sent a reminder to the student body of the expectations for attending school remotely via Zoom. One of the requirements is having your camera...

Mixed Messages

November 23, 2020

On school mornings, my mom fills out my app, takes a screenshot of the green “GO” sign, and sends it to me so that I can easily pull up my results and pull through to park when I get to school. Before my mom and I figured out this process, I did my own app. I would fill it out at breakfast most of the time, but on days I forgot, I would remember on the way to school. I'd find myself filling out...

My Rapid Testing Experience

November 16, 2020

This year has been a whirlwind of change, from having to wear masks to staying six feet apart to attending school virtually, which are all things I partake in. However, as luck would have it, I was close-contact traced by my school and the Shelby County Health Department. According to the CDC, this means I was within six feet for 15 minutes or more with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. As...

Stop, Shop and Scroll

November 12, 2020

In March of 2017, Instagram created an “in-app shopping destination where people can discover products and brands they love.” This new feature was intended to help brands promote their products more effectively through social media. Instead, users got a useless scroll of items that businesses have tagged for sale. In May 2020, Instagram phased in a new app layout to optimize small business support...

The Electoral College Is Broken

November 3, 2020

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive...

Where Do You Draw the Line?

April 21, 2020

I live in Memphis Tenn, and as I drive downtown, I pass by streets that have freshly cut lawns and newly painted houses, but the next street over could be vacant with trash covering the lawns and homes with broken windows. I find myself asking, why is the poverty of my hometown so bad, and how can we as a community help these neighborhoods that are suffering today? The answer isn’t black and white,...

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