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The intensity of emotions and mental struggles of a high schooler can be compared to a raging cyclone. My high school experience consisted of some of my highest highs and lowest lows. One moment I’m staring at my ceiling, laying flat on my back muttering “I just want to die, I just want to die…” And a week later I find out a girl is interested in me and I have newfound hope, which eventually morphs into bliss after I ask her out and she replies affirmatively. My first girlfriend. But that goes downhill eventually as well, and after breaking…


I realized at a young age that I have a high affinity for lemon-flavored foods. I’ve never considered how or why I’m that way, until today. I remembered that when I was younger, as early as one or two years old, whenever my parents ordered iced tea with lemon from a restaurant (which was every time), I would suck on the squeezed lemons. Of course initially I winced and my cheeks cramped at the barrage the lemons exerted on my taste buds. But by the age of three or four, I was no longer just sucking on the lemons, I…


The landscape of YouTube has been shifting recently, making many current and prospective creators asking, “What do they want from us?” Big changes came in the wake of popular creator Logan Paul’s controversial filming of a deceased suicide victim. YouTube instituted more regulations to their partner program and made it harder for small channels to monetize their video creations. YouTube has also increased their ad play for the purpose of increasing membership in their premium service that plays videos ad-free. …


Sitting at my desk, half asleep, mindlessly drafting a roundabout design, the pixels burning into the back of my eyes. An Outlook email notification pops up in the bottom right of my 2nd monitor, my eyes lazily drift to that corner of the screen, probably another corporate update on what IT security group we’ve acquired or a new hire on the board of directors. Not this time. Instead, an email from my supervisor. “Hi all, I thought it would be a good idea to start doing department meetings so that we can all stay updated on wins and losses throughout…


“Hey, Alexia asked me to come up this weekend for the long weekend. Is that alright? Her roommates are home and I’ll sleep on the couch.” I remember asking my parents a few months ago. I also have my father’s response burned into my memory. He chuckled and dismissively said, “Of course not.” I fought and clawed (not literally, my father could beat me up anyway) for a good five minutes, knowing the outcome was far from variable. It ended when he said “I wouldn’t have trusted myself to be good at your age.” To which I snapped back, “Well…

Mason H.

A civil engineering student who is too far in to change his major. The blessing of the internet is all he needs anyway.

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