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February 22, 2020

At left: advertisement by Greenpeace Canada. 

In the summer of 2017, I watched a video from Buzzfeed that had recently gone viral. The video was of a sea turtle that had mistakenly eaten a straw, and it had to be pulled out of its nose. I was traumatized. I couldn’t even watch the video because it wa...

November 8, 2019

It is fair to say that the college application process appears daunting to many high school students. Extensive searching, planning, talking, studying, traveling, writing, form-filling, letter-bubbling, and proofreading occur between the first semester of one’s junior year and the second semester of...

October 12, 2019

Photo from Wikipedia Commons, originally posted to

Only a few years ago, a new device was advertised to help people who were addicted to smoking. These so-called Juuls were created as a safer alternative to smoking, helping people to wean off the cigarette that caused so many health is...

October 12, 2019

The Dig and Grow area of the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden at the State Botanical Garden. Photo by Natalie Luke, July 2019.

From early summer to late fall, the Dig and Grow area of the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia bursts with delicious colors and...

October 11, 2019

SPI host student with Costa Rican family (summer language immersion opportunity #2). Photo by Gabby Mattes.

Are you interested in improving your French or Spanish? Or learning a new language entirely? If so, you should consider participating in a language immersion program over the summer. Here are a...

April 4, 2019

The Grit, a.k.a. my version of heaven, is a vegetarian restaurant on Prince Avenue. Photo from Style Blueprint.

     Long story short, I toured a university campus recently—this is the spring of my junior year, after all. At one point during the tour, our student guide briefly praised the quality of...

February 5, 2019

     President Trump has ended the longest government shutdown in U.S. history (28 days) with a bill to reopen the government for three weeks. Over 800,000 federal employees are not receiving pay, and nearly half will not be compensated for their time. Every day that government spending and federal...

February 2, 2019

Viktor Orbán at the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, in 2017.

     First, some background. Hungary is a landlocked central European country with a population of nearly 10 million (1.7 million live in the capital city, Budapest). From 1945, when Hungary fell under Soviet control, to 1989, when Hungary...

February 2, 2019

"Big Town, Small Landfill: How Athens, GA is a Microcosm for the World’s Trash Problem" won a Gold Key in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

A version of this article appeared in the October issue of the Spartan Review.

     I live in Athens, Georgia, a city of approximately 124,000 people (inc...

December 6, 2018

On November 7, 2018, the National Rifle Association (NRA) responded to a position paper on firearms written by the American College of Physicians (ACP), and published by the Annals of Internal Medicine. The NRA charged the 154,000 doctors of the ACP of being biased and uneducated on the subject. In...

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