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Working with mental health

Working with mental health
How mental health impacts daily lives
November 16, 2020

For the last few years, a goal of mine was to get a job. I’ve always wanted to make my own money and possibly help around the house with groceries or with our cat. The only barrier in my way is dealing...

Kamala Harris creates hope for all

Kamala Harris creates hope for all
Vice-President elect breaks barriers
November 14, 2020

Growing up, I have been lucky enough to have a family full of strong women who have helped me become one. They encouraged me to do whatever I put my mind to. As a white person, I had the privilege of growing...

Balancing a part-time job and distance learning proves difficult

Junior Oliver Smith serves a milkshake to a customer during his shift Sept. 24. Smith has been working at Five Guys for close to a year already and is now having to find new ways to balance work and online schooling.
Managing time between work and school
October 4, 2020

I’ve been working at Five Guys for 10 months, half of that time during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the virus first became a threat in Minnesota, our dysfunctional and laid back form of online school...

Holiday spirit persists despite restrictions

Holiday spirit persists despite restrictions
Pandemic changes ways of celebration
September 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected almost every aspect of our daily lives. I suspected the same would happen for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the new year in the Hebrew calendar....

Starting the school year from home

Starting the school year from home
Building connections virtually
September 10, 2020

Today marked the first day of distanced learning for St. Louis Park High School students. Although hesitant at first, the school day went better than I expected. So far, I’ve enjoyed having a scheduled...

Dealing with loss brings takeaways

Dealing with loss brings takeaways
May 28, 2020

Recently, my family and I lost our close family friend due to COVID-19 and it has been very rough on everyone in my family. This was my first time experiencing a death in my inner circle, so I felt...

Closing a chapter of my life via Zoom

Closing a chapter of my life via Zoom
May 21, 2020

When quarantine first began, I hadn’t fully realized its implications on my end of senior year events. I didn’t realize it would significantly impact the format of my very last Jewish Youth Group convention....

Adapting birthday celebrations to restrictions makes for unique experience

Adapting birthday celebrations to restrictions makes for unique experience
May 21, 2020

As I spoke to my friend before her 18th birthday, I realized that her upcoming birthday would be one she remembered forever, and not just because it was a milestone birthday. Since this pandemic is unprecedented,...

Gap year will help expand horizons, develop new skills

Gap year will help expand horizons, develop new skills
May 14, 2020

Ever since my oldest sister Anna took a gap year in Israel before her freshman year of college, I have been intrigued by the idea of a gap year. When Anna came back, she had nothing but good things to...

Being an essential worker during COVID-19

Being an essential worker during COVID-19
May 14, 2020

Working as a high schooler is a great idea for any teenager. It’s a good way to meet new people, make some money and gain valuable experience in the workforce. I’ve been an employee at YoYo Donuts...

Why you should learn programming

Photo illustration by Colin Canaday. With quarantine keeping everybody inside, there is no better time to learn skills which can help you for the rest of your life, especially programming.  With an ever-rising reliance on software to run our daily lives, learning to program is a valuable skill.
Quarantine activity proves productive
April 24, 2020

With quarantine keeping everybody inside, there is no better time to learn skills which can help you for the rest of your life, especially programming.  With an ever-rising reliance on software to run...

Take time from work and go for a bike ride

Take time from work and go for a bike ride
Biking can help you stay active, mentally healthy 
April 24, 2020

At times like these when we have to stay inside because of COVID-19, it's important to keep moving while also maintaining a good mental state as we wait in isolation. A great way to keep yourself physically...

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