Most of the problems high schoolers face in Silicon Valley are first-world problems, but that doesn’t make them any less painful for us. As I prepare to start my first semester of college—online, of course—I’ve been joining countless group chats to talk with my future peers about what their high school experiences were like, and to my surprise, they were drastically different from mine growing up in Silicon Valley.
This has given me time to reflect on what my high school experience was like at Cupertino High School and how it may be different from that of others. Most people…
Two years ago, during lunch, I was on the soccer field at my high-school. I had left my backpack on the other end of the field when an announcement on the PA system was made.
Code red. This is not a drill. Evacuate campus now.
The people near me, including myself, didn’t hear the announcement because the closest PA speaker was near the pool. Twenty-seconds later, a wave of my classmates and friends rushed through the field in panic, hoping to run away from the school through the back entrance.
For a second, everything went into slow-motion. It was like…
As college classes transition online for the foreseeable future, one issue quickly rises. How will universities prevent cheating in examinations?
Companies like Respondus, ExamSoft, HonorLock, and Griti provide online proctoring services for universities to purchase. I know I don’t speak alone when I say these companies have no idea what they’re doing.
The most popular online proctoring company used (and the one my university uses) is ProctorU. If you thought the government spying on you is creepy, think about college students being watched for hours.
When you sign in to take an exam on ProctorU, one must give up all…
Confession: I own an Android.
Most people wouldn't care, but my generation does.
I live in Silicon Valley and I’m 17. Most of my fellow students I went to high-school with were “well-off”. Meaning they owned a nice house, had two cars, a dog, and money to spend outside on a Friday night. This also meant they could afford a $1,000+ iPhone.
Apple has done an incredible job of becoming “cool” in the eyes of teenagers. Owning an Apple device at my age isn’t necessarily a flex. But walking around while using an Android is seen as lowly.
There’s a good chance you’re not aware of the “Coffin Dance” meme.
Lucky for you, knowYourMeme exits. Which is exactly what it sounds like, a website that has everything you need to know about every meme.
Coffin Dance, also known as Dancing Pallbearers or Dancing Coffin, refers to several videos showing Ghanian pallbearers dancing while they are carrying a coffin. In March 2020, the videos, paired with EDM song “Astronomia” by Tony Igy, gained popularity in FAIL edits, similar to To Be Continued and We’ll Be Right Back memes.
Yes, memes are typically designed to invoke some laughter and joy…
Long gone are the days of writing down your homework in a planner or turning in a physical paper.
I graduated from high school earlier this year (go class of 2020!), so not only is everything I share going to be relevant but will also hopefully help teachers and educators make better choices for online learning.
This was by far my favorite way to turn in assignments for the past four years. Any tool that helps students minimize time figuring out technicalities means more time to complete the actual assignment.
One of the greatest benefits of using Google Classroom is…
Open-source is a super-power we all have
It’s no Tesla or Waymo, but it cost less than $400 and I’m nowhere close to reaching its full potential.
The crux of my car is based on DonkeyCar, an open-platform autonomous RC car framework. The folks at DonkeyCar have made an amazing wiki and how-to, detailing a process only slightly more complex than building a Lego.
Here’s a quick list of hardware I used for the latest build
Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone makes a profit from them. YouTubers know this better than most. The idea of gaining popularity by doing controversial things is not unheard of.
Hate the sin but love the sinner
The high-school prankster. The billionaire politician. The secretive CEO. And the newest addition to the club: the YouTuber you’ve never heard of (until now).
I’m going to coin a word I don’t think exists yet. Apologitization; defined as the practice of making money, creating fame, and boosing popularity via apologizes.
Here’s how they do it.
If there’s one thing that unifies teenagers more than memes, voice-cracks, and failed relationships it’s their shared hostility towards The College Board.
After graduating from high school earlier this year, I rewarded myself with one of my favorite therapeutic exercises: recycling old tests and worksheets. I was immediately struck by how many of the papers were practice AP tests, SAT subject tests, and SATs. This, in turn, led me down a rabbit hole of exploring what specifically it is that makes us, teenagers loathe the College Board.
I’m confident there will be many who assume our resentment stems from the…
My college gave me a choice: stay home and take classes remotely or fly across the country to take classes from a dorm. I chose the former.
First, a little about me. This fall I will be a freshman at UIUC studying computer engineering. Currently, I reside in California.
I’ll preface this by saying I want to attend college in-person. Really really badly. I want to experience hanging out with friends late at night, cramming for tests the night before at the library, eating cup noodles for weeks, partaking in ridiculous traditions, and living my own life. …
I enjoy writing articles about tech, culture, society, and humor from a Gen Z perspective.