People lost their jobs. Homes were unaffordable. Banks were seen as bullies. Government drowned in debt. Stock market crashed. This was the Great Recession of 2008. When it comes to listing the worst financial times in history, the Great Recession sits right behind the Great Depression. The recession was caused by banks lending mortgages to homeowners whom eventually could not pay back the debt. The Great Recession would showcase New York City’s resilience to economic downfall. …


The words hi and bye have been replaced by Wi and Fi. Our era is evolving faster than ever recorded. Every aspect in our lives has changed with the advent of technology. Even the poorest villages in any given third world country have access to a cell tower- access to Wi-Fi. Today, we can video chat with anyone around the world in full 1080p quality for free, thanks to Messenger and Starbucks wifi. Today, we can float to work in autopilot electric Teslas and trust a complete stranger without any verbal communication to take grandma, familiar in only her native…


I went door to door and asked: “Could he come to the park?!” Occasionally, a mother would allow her child out and we had fun playing basketball. Though it was just me asking a friend’s mom if we could just stroll by the courts, something greater was in the making. Instead of asking “Could he,” I began asking “Now or ten minutes later?” I learned to sell myself. More importantly, I was subliminally bringing kids in my neighborhood together. This was in eighth grade. By senior year in high school, I had grown to pull one my greatest accomplishments. Instead…

Yasin Ehsan

CS student. Loves throwing footballs and eating tiramisu. Visit yasinehsan.com

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