• 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

    • 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.

  • 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

  • Hi,
    I found your article very interesting. Here is an article I think you would enjoy reading that further discusses the electoral system https://www.commoncause.org/page/fix-the-broken-electoral-college/.
    I am learning about the electoral college in my U.S. Government class and I agree it needs to change. I see that it was created to give the…[Read more]

  • Hi,
    I really enjoyed reading your post about vegans amongst kids. I found this article discussing if it is appropriate for children that I think you would like https://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/05/03/is-veganism-appropriate-for-kids. I liked how you stated that “Nutritions, which is really important to kids, cannot be satisfied…[Read more]

  • Alysa wrote a new post, Wealth Gap 6 months ago

    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

  • Hi Roman,
    I found this article about school uniforms quite interesting and I think you would enjoy it. https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/school-uniforms/
    I think that you did a good job because I do agree that sometimes school uniforms seen unnecessary because of the rules that come with them. You stated that it takes away from the goal of…[Read more]

  • I thought you did a great job discussing America’s history. Here is an article on minority rights that I thought you would find interesting. https://minorityrights.org/country/united-states-of-america/
    I do agree with you that America is not the greatest country on earth. There are many problems facing the nation, we were at once a great country,…[Read more]

  • 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

    • 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!

    • 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:


    • 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.

  • Alysa commented on the post, Littering in Oakland 7 months ago

    Great job! I thought your article was very interesting and important. Here is an article that discusses littering in general that tells the causes, problems, and solutions. https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-problems-solutions-littering.php
    I have lived in California myself and remembering seeing a lot of litter. It is…[Read more]

  • Alysa commented on the post, Should We Ban Zoos? 7 months ago

    Nice job. I thought your post was very interesting. Here is an article that further discusses the problem with zoos. https://www.bornfree.org.uk/zoo-issues
    I agree that zoos have many affects on animals especially with anxiety. I liked how you stated zoos benefit “because they will promote the animals they got which will bring in more…[Read more]

  • 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

    • Ella replied 7 months ago

      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!


  • Hello,
    I think you would enjoy reading this article.https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Public-Policy/Mental-Health-in-Schools
    I completely agree that schools need to work on this because it is a huge deal. I think technology has a lot to do with this. People become alone and feel depressed. We need to find ways to help students so the levels of…[Read more]

  • Here is an interesting article to further grow your argument. https://novakdjokovicfoundation.org/6-reasons-why-preschool-is-good-for-your-child/
    I do agree that preschool is important. It is important for kids to be exposed to learning so they are prepared for kindergarten. I like how you discussed how your school takes action in teaching…[Read more]

  • Riley,
    I think you would find this article interesting discussing more about class size. https://www.hmhco.com/blog/class-size-matters
    I agree with you that smaller class sizes are better because the dedication to a student one on one is important. I think you need to focus more on discussing the pros instead of focusing on the cons of public…[Read more]

  • I agree that it is important for everyone to be able to vote, including those in prison. Here is a link to an article that I think would be beneficial in further developing your argument.https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/06/prisoners-convicts-felons-inmates-right-to-vote-enfranchise-criminal-justice-voting-rights-213979
    I like your…[Read more]

  • Jack, I agree with you. I like when you said that “the rich just keep getting richer, but the problem is that they are leaving everyone behind.” This is very true because the rich control everything, when the middle class is what drives the economy. There is such a large gap between middle class wages and the top 1% earners, causing problems with…[Read more]

  • 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

  • Stella, I agree with you completely. It is completely pointless because it is just memorization. When you stated the Chinese proverb “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.” it reminded me of when I was studying for the ACT. It is not about how well you have done in school, it is about if you are capab…[Read more]

  • Jonah, your essay was very interesting. I do agree that the Equality Act is a great step towards equality for everyone and it “won’t be the last one to be passed, there will be more.” It is important to make sure everyone feels equal and accepted in society. I do feel that although America has taken a greater strive to equality, that people are…[Read more]

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