“Seriously, Cut the Bullshit”


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Making Beneficial Choices For The Long Run––Anmol Josen

          A student’s goal in life is making the right choices that will lead to a successful life in the long run. That includes making the right choices in subjects like pursuing higher education and making a habit of eating right. High school students sometimes forget that the choices we make in regards to our education will impact not only our families but their families as well. Also, this is the case when it comes to developing good eating habits. Although students and adults do not know whether a decision is good or bad, thinking about the future at a young age is always beneficial because it allows them to become independent thinkers as well as become mature.

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Looking the Other Way|| Ian Poblete

A delicious smell enters my room: my head perks up, my pupils dilate, and I lick my lips with new found moisture. Its dinner time. Long ago, our bodies developed the secretion of saliva for the purpose of lubricating food down our throats (Bailey). When our minds are stimulated, our mouth waters in anticipation of the food. This saliva is produced so we can shove food down our throat as quickly as we see fit. But that isn’t even the interesting part. In his famous experiment, Ivan Pavlov had dogs presented with food and measured their salivary response. In psychological terms salivation is an unconditioned reflex, because your body knows that it needs to create saliva when food appears without ever having learned to do it (McLeod). During his testing, Pavlov also rung a bell every time that he presented the dogs with food. Soon enough, the dogs would create saliva if the bell was rung, even if there was no food in sight. This revolutionary finding is known as conditioning. Continue reading Looking the Other Way|| Ian Poblete

Building Our Own Machines

In today’s society, we as humans often have trouble looking at life from above. Our day-to-day lives can sometimes can be very redundant, and most times it leaves each of us with a feeling of impatience or discontent. In certain situations we develop a deeply selfish and shallow point of view making the simplest of faults against us too grueling to even live through for any extended amount of time. Presenting each of us with two ways of going about day-to-day actions: Completing an action just to be so it is completed or completing the action with time and care. This isn’t to say all activities need to be enjoyed to the fullest, but if there isn’t any passion in what you do with your life, then there isn’t very much reason to succeed. Continue reading Building Our Own Machines

Keeping up with the Joneses

Have you ever had a friend brag to you about having the latest smartphone? Held a conversation with one of your neighbors over their new hybrid car? Chat during a lunch break with your colleagues over the newest superfood? If none of these apply to you, surely you’ve noticed how fashion trends always seem to be going in and out of style? You might have noticed some of these fleeting fads, and some of them you might have not. Regardless, it’s interesting to ask how and why consumers feel the need to update their electronics, vehicles, fashion, and even food choices from time to time. One possible answer to this question would have to be the media. Consumers are influenced to purchase things by the media whether it is through television commercials, movie product placement, or Internet ads. However, another possibility that people don’t seem to consider is themselves. It’s true; how many times have you looked at someone and envied something they had? Personally, I didn’t notice any type of trend within the American consumerist society until the end of my second quarter of Critical Thinking and Writing English class. Through analyzing literature and writing different essays revolving around my class’ themes of reading food, self and culture, and human, animal, and machine, I’ve noticed a common theme within my own writing. My past essays have all, at the very least, had undertones of human acceptance and subsequent dependence on something. Continue reading Keeping up with the Joneses

Facing Choices at the Threshold of Adulthood

If growing up was modeled in a staircase, the stair dedicated to moving out of your parents house would be varying in size depending on who you are. Whether you’re heading into a corporate workplace or attending college, moving out of the family home gives young adults a new and much larger control over their lifestyles. For most college students, freshman year is the first time that they can Imagechoose how they spend their time and manage their lives–there is no curfew, and no one enforcing mandatory attendance to classes. Continue reading Facing Choices at the Threshold of Adulthood

The Secret to Happiness // Christian Hellmers

It’s Christmas day. You watch everyone open up their gifts, and see the excitement on each person’s face. It’s now your turn; you open up your gifts, and received everything you wanted, but for some reason, you’re not as happy as when other people were opening up their gifts. Why? Is it because you are in a bad mood, or because for some reason you don’t like a certain gift?

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