• As the stay-at-home orders continued to be pushed back and it became a real possibility that I wouldn’t get to go back to school to finish senior year in the traditional way, I started to ask myself why this is h

    • Hi Kaitlyn,
      I really liked your post because I think this is how seniors all across the globe are feeling. I completely understand how you feel when you say sometimes you enjoy the relaxed schedule, but also that you miss routine and friends. Hopefully, this pandemic is solved soon. Since the media is filled with negative news surrounding the pandemic here is an article I think you will like: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-not-good-but-the-news-is-not-all-bad-2020031919247 . It is an article written by a Harvard Medical School professor that details the good new about coronavirus and how most people will recover, numbers are going down, etc.

    • Hey Kaitlyn
      As much as this sucks, it makes me wonder if this is going to be how education is going to be for everyone in the not so distant future. As human history continues, and as the population continues to rise, more and more powerful viruses are going to threaten humanity, natural selection ensures that. So it might just be the case that digital learning will become the standard, to ensure safety from diseases. Over time, technology is only going to get better, and so are deadly pathogens, so I wonder if our children or their children might deal with this every day. As much as this impacts OUR mental health, how much will it impact theirs? or will they be used to it and just accept it?

    • Kaitlyn,

      I resonated with your post because as the stay at home orders were extended, I was also in utter disbelief. I thought that it would be the two weeks, and then everything would go back to normal. we would get our senior year back. I also agree with the ups and downs of being quarantines during this time. Part of me thinks that maybe it is a blessing, as we are getting more time with our families and loved ones before going to college. The other part is sick of spending time with my family, and wishes I had the routine of going to school and my senior year back. I know that ultimately this will be something that we looks back on, and maybe even are grateful for, even though now this seems incredibly hard to believe. But for now, we just have to make the best of it! Personally, a big upside of Covid-19 is that Judge has really been there for everyone, is ways that I know other schools haven’t. Ultimately, I think that this whole thing will make our class stronger and closer!!

      Thank you for your post, it helped me realize that I was not alone in my thoughts!

      Megan

    • Hello Kaitlyn,

      This truly is a surreal feeling for better or for worse. I agree with Ezra that this moment is likely going to create ripples in how the education system will be altered from this event. Though, I don’t think it will completely reform it forever since we’ve seen the logistical problems that a mass-shutting down of schools entails. I will admit, though, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to senior graduation as I thought it would be formulaic and dull. Your essay, Kaitlyn, highlights either new-found or reinforced appreciation for the classic senior graduation experience and the solidarity we can take with other 2020 classes.

  • Hi Claire,

    I am Kaitlyn from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Utah. Your post is really interesting to me and had many different insights I have not thought about or heard before reading it. America is a very unique place in that most people come from many different places, cultures, and backgrounds. I agree with you when you say that…[Read more]

  • Amaia,

    I am very interested to see where the rest of your research takes you because this is intriguing. I think this is such an important topic that should be discussed more openly in schools, especially high school. I feel like sex education is not talked about nearly enough in order to make a difference. I agree with you when you say that…[Read more]

  • As more and more people learn how important it is to teach people at young ages about nutrition and what really matters when it comes to being healthy, it is becoming more apparent the different ways in which

    • I thought your topic was captivating because nutrition is often neglected in schools, though it should always be taught to create a healthy population. From my experiences, I noticed that we learn more about nutrition at a young age, but as we grow older education about nutrition slowly fades away. It’s extremely important to educate people about nutrition because it is the foundation of being healthy and creating wellbeing. Promoting good health leads to many benefits such as lowering the cost of health care because fewer people are getting sick.

  • A problem in my community is the lack of education on nutrition and what really matters when it comes to being healthy. Lots of people see how important the lack of education on nutrition is but they do not know

  • Matthew,

    This is very well written. Through your writing, I can tell how strongly you feel about this topic, and that makes it incredibly captivating and interesting to read. When a writer is clear how strongly they feel about what they are writing about, it makes it much more convincing. When you said “Without their vote and their power to put…[Read more]

  • In recent years, it has been brought to many people’s attention that it is becoming more and more important to educate young students about proper nutrition and food in order to improve overall h

    • Hey Kaitlyn!

      This topic has really made me think about the food industry and obesity. I first thought about how geology makes a big impact on good health including exercise. Being in Utah we have access to much many outdoor activities but places like Arizona and Florida is the summer is hot where people want to spend more time indoors where it is cooler. Then I remembered something I read a couple years ago about meal planning comparing the prices of fast food to food at home. Many people believe it is cheaper and easier just to get fast food than make your food food. The people who believe this are usually lower income families who do not have a lot of money so fast food restaurants will set up business in these kind of neighborhoods. This website talks more about healthy eating spending and fast food spending. https://www.valdosta.edu/online-fitness/is-fast-food-cheaper-than-healthy-food.php. I found it fascinating.

  • Amilia,

    This is so scary! I am shocked that there are so many people being kidnapped. Since I am from Utah, I am not aware of the amount of people being kidnapped in Oakland, and how this number is going up for both boys and girls. Since most people assume that girls are always the ones being kidnapped, it is very important for people to know…[Read more]

  • Amaia,

    This is a very important discussion and I am glad that you took the time to research and post this so more people, including myself, can learn more about it. Your research and sources gave you really good information, and it shows with how well this is written and supported. I learned more about sex trafficking. Do you know if there are…[Read more]

  • There is a lack of sex education given to young students, so most have no proper knowledge about what to do and how to do it safely. Since there is no proper teaching, young students are reaching out to other

  • Keily,
    The points you brought up in this post are valid and I think this is one of the most discussed topics in today’s world. Although the world has come a very long way in terms of women’s rights and equality between genders, there is still a lot to be done. For example, women are still not paid as much as men are and there are still certain…[Read more]

  • Kaitlyn commented on the post, Trust No One 6 months ago

    Hello,

    Your post was very interesting and eye-opening to read. I have dealt with many instances where my trust has been broken and the quote that you said in the beginning (“Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair”) was something that I connected to. I think that there have been a lot of cases, big and small, that…[Read more]

  • Hello Cassie,

    I enjoyed reading your post. I believe that family and parental relationships are very important in the way that we (teenagers and children) are brought up. The sentence you wrote “The relationship between a child and their parent is one that affects both the physical, social, and emotional development of the child” is something I…[Read more]

  • Hello Alani,

    Your post was very interesting and insightful. The point you made about “America used to actually care about things for the right reasons, but their motives have changed” was really eye-opening for me to read because it made me think about the values and motives that have changed in America. I think the shift in the country’s values…[Read more]

  • Hello Maggie,

    I think your thoughts and the arguments you used to discuss this topic are very important. The question of whether or not school start times should be delayed is a very up-and-coming issue as more and more students begin to talk about the lack of sleep they are getting, and how miserable it is to have to wake up early in the…[Read more]

  • According to Neil Seldman, the president of the Institute for Local Self Reliance, which is a “nonprofit advocacy group that helps communities find local solutions for sustainable development” (Thompson, 201

  • Hello Emmet. I am a senior at Judge Memorial High School. Your post is incredibly important to me for a lot of reasons. The discussion on mental health has increased in recent years, as many adolescents are starting to understand how crucial it is to speak up, however, there is still a lot more talking that needs to be done. For some reason,…[Read more]

  • Stella, your points are so strong. The part you talked about the Chinese proverb: “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand” really stuck with me. This is so important for colleges to consider, as many people haver different learning and remembering capabilities. The standardized tests seem to be more re…[Read more]

  • Americans are becoming more and more materialistic as the years go on. The United States is becoming “a nation obsessed with shopping and buying unnecessary products” (Khurram). Before we developed the need to

    • I found this to be a very interesting idea and a concept that definitely rings true in this day and age. So much of status is equated with wealth so it’s no surprise people want to accumulate more items that make them feel ‘important’ at least until they look at their bank statements haha! I’m curious if you yourself live a minimalistic life or if you’re attempting to? If so I think you might enjoy this article:

      What is Minimalist Living? 8 Essential Aspects of Minimalism

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