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    2020 is a year quite like no other. I have been looking forward to this year ever since I could remember. I was always so excited to get my cap and gown, get my diploma, and finish off by throwing my cap in the

    The unique class of 2020

    2020 is a year quite like no other. I have been looking forward to this year ever since I could remember. I was always so excited to get my cap and gown, get my diploma, and finish off by...

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    • Hi Alysa,
      As a fellow senior at Judge, I have been experiencing a lot of the same emotions. I am not someone who loved high school by any means, I have actually been quite eager to leave, but the abrupt ending was not how I wanted it to happen. I too have been plagued with the nagging “what ifs?” about when this is going to end and what our future holds. I really resonate with your reflection on how, “at one point everything was fine and then at the next everything was gone.” As a class, I think one of our biggest takeaways from COVID-19 is how quickly life can change. I have been reflecting on this idea, I hope it inspires us to live more in the moment and to appreciate our friends and families more once this is all over. I know it can be easy to slip into a negative mindset during these times and to feel alone, but we aren’t. We are all going through this together. If you need something inspiring and specific to the Class of 2020 I recommend watching President Obama’s commencement speech if you haven’t already. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta5anRPf8rQ. Here is another link that has resources on how to cope from the American Psychology Association: https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/student-stress. I hope to hear more from you on this topic! Do you think COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on the Class of 2020 and on our generation as a whole? What has helped you manage your stress and disappointment? I know things are hard right now and I am experiencing the same emotions you shared. Nonetheless, I know we will get through this! If you ever need to talk you can text me! I miss you, Alysa! You are an amazing writer!

    • I agree with you, Alysa. This senior year has been very different. Who would’ve thought the last day of the third quarter would be the end of senior year. I think we all had a little hope that we would go back by April but that didn’t work out as planned. We get no senior sunset, no prom, or graduation, and that’s very disappointing, to say the least; but we have been strong and we all have tried to stay connected with each other as best we can, and that’s all that matters. We may not get the experiences but we have the memories that will last forever. Stay strong class of 2020!!

    • We are all feeling very upset about how our senior has turned out. No one expected this to happen and now we are always going to remember our graduation but in a different way. We are doing everything virtually which isn’t as good as it should’ve been. We’ve all worked four year to get our special celebration at the end and now everything is changed because of the corona virus. It’s sad how we didn’t expect this to happen. We didn’t say our last goodbyes to each other. I agree with you, it’s been hard knowing that this was how we ended our high school life. We didn’t get to hug our friends before they head off to college, we weren’t able to do anything and many people are feeling the same emotions right now. Its been a crazy few months but we have been able to get through most of it. Now, we just have to finish strong and always cherish the best memories from the past years.

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    My final source is entitled distribution of Family Wealth, 1963-2016. It shows as time has progressed, wealth has gone up in every kind of family, but it has grown at very different and unequal rates. The bottom

    Wealth Distribution

    My final source is entitled distribution of Family Wealth, 1963-2016. It shows as time has progressed, wealth has gone up in every kind of family, but it has grown at very different and unequal rates. The bottom earners went...

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    The American Dream is no longer attainable. The wealth gap creates too much division between the rich and poor making it impossible to get ahead. The representation of the top earners helps to show wealth is

    Wealth Gap

    The American Dream is no longer attainable. The wealth gap creates too much division between the rich and poor making it impossible to get ahead. The representation of the top earners helps to show wealth is extremely skewed. “The...

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    The income gap between the rich and poor is a problem that is facing the nation. The rich’s wealth is increasing while the poor’s wealth is decreasing, causing an expanding gap. The top 1% wage earners in the Uni

    Widening Wealth Gap

    The income gap between the rich and poor is a problem that is facing the nation. The rich’s wealth is increasing while the poor’s wealth is decreasing, causing an expanding gap. The top 1% wage earners in the United...

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    • Alysa,
      I knew this issue was bad but I had no idea to the extent in which it went. It is crazy to hear that the top 1% have half of all the nations income. I definitely believe we need to tax the rich more to balance the economy somewhere back to when the rich had 1/3 of the nation’s income… after all they can afford it! As this gap intensifies I find that our society becomes more and more elitist where money seems to buy power. Do you see this issue too or is the wage gap found strictly in the economy for you? I’m looking forward to hearing more from you on this issue and reading your problem solution essay in the future!
      -Emmy

    • Hello ALysa,

      I agree with what you have to say regarding income inequality. It has become a big problem in today’s day in age. The poor are suffering too much whilst the rich get richer. The only way to fix it is by taxing the rich in order to make the gap more equal. Here is an article I found that may help you in your case:
      https://www.vox.com/2019/3/19/18240377/estate-tax-wealth-tax-70-percent-warren-sanders-aoc

      -Aria

    • Hi Alysa,
      I like your post because you bring attention to the income gap we have in this world. You include good information and ways to reduce the gap. Here is a link to an article about more ways to reduce it. https://belonging.berkeley.edu/six-policies-reduce-economic-inequality. I very much agree that income inequality is a big issue in the U.S. and that it’s unfair. We as a country need to focus more on this issue and we need to not be so self-centered all the time. We should put ourselves in other people’s shoes and see the problems income inequality has caused.
      -Audrey

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    College is on almost every high schoolers. Receiving your admission packet is great, but leaves one wondering how they are going to pay for college. College has become very expensive leaving many students in

    Having a career before being charged for college tuition

    College is on almost every high schoolers. Receiving your admission packet is great, but leaves one wondering how they are going to pay for college. College has become very expensive leaving many students in debt. In the article, it...

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    • Hi Alysa!
      I found your article super interesting! I have never even thought about this, and I didn’t even know that some schools actually did it. I think it is a great idea though. I agree with what you are saying, about how colleges should focus in landing their students jobs. They should. It is a really interesting idea having people pay for their college after they get a job. I like this idea a lot and I know the majority of most families would; College is very expensive these days. However, I do not think it is a realistic one. Many big schools need the money to fund their programs and pay for their teachers. A lot of others might be concerned if the students don’t pay them back all the way. Maybe in the far future this could be a possibility, but right now I do not think it will happen any time soon. I agree, and think it would be helpful and appealing, but there is a reason why only a couple, small, schools use them. It is just not a realistic idea that bigger schools are willing to adopt. I thought this topic was super interesting though, and it was an idea I’ve never heard of. Great job writing and I look forward to read more from you, especially if it is on this topic!

      Ella

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    Jason Furman and Sharon Parrot’s article, Raising the minimum wage will reduce poverty, states that an increase in minimum wage would ensure that a parent, working full time at minimum wage, would not have t

    Will raising minimum raise help the poor?

    Jason Furman and Sharon Parrot’s article, Raising the minimum wage will reduce poverty, states that an increase in minimum wage would ensure that a parent, working full time at minimum wage, would not have to raise his/ her child...

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