For honest students, no good deed goes unpunished

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In the era of COVID-19, education is one of the aspects of life that has been changed the most drastically. Large lecture halls and classrooms are a thing of the past, at least for the moment. High school students attend a compressed version of their classes and college students are expected to work from home. Both groups are expected to forgo their social lives and sanity for the sake of public health while simultaneously being almost exclusively blamed for the spread. Along with the changes to the classroom environment has come changes to the testing environment. Testing is vital to…

What you might not know about the ridiculous “fight”

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Last weekend, Logan Paul took on Floyd Mayweather in the title exhibition match in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Before getting to the supposed results, let’s talk about what led up to the best professional boxer on the planet agreeing to fight someone who had never won a fight, professional or amateur.

The Paul Brothers: Playing at Boxing

The Paul brothers, by trade, are YouTubers, and successful ones at that. As of right now, Logan Paul has 23.1 million subscribers to his channel and his brother Jake has 20.4 million. Much like the rise of Donald Trump, the Paul brothers seem to thrive off of…

The understanding I wish I’d had years ago

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Investing advice on the internet ranges from solid advice to complete scams, and because of that, it took me a lot of time to research and navigate the space confidently enough to actually put my money into anything other than my savings account. I was worried about losing the money I had, and by doing so, I actually ended up losing a substantial sum in terms of opportunity cost. After a substantial amount of education, however, I’ve gone from having all of my savings in a bank account to now having the majority of it into the market and about…

What a tabletop card game can teach you about economics, value trading, and more

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The fundamentals of investing, even if complicated in the application, are simple: buy low and sell high. This is an attempt to maximize the growth of every dollar invested. If you buy a reliable stock at $100 and sell it at $120 a week later, you made a 20% profit in one week. That same $100, however, could be invested in a riskier stock that could make you a 30% return in a couple of days but could just as easily lose you 40%. Which do you choose? Investing the $100 in the reliable stock precludes you from investing in…

Education in the Age of Information

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Zoom University has been nothing short of horrible. Ask any current student and they will tell you how mind-numbing online school has been. Online schooling isn’t inherently bad, but forcing online classes onto students has lead to plenty of misery. Sitting alone at home and staring at a screen isn’t exactly the ideal environment for learning or any of the additional aspects that are supposed to come with it. Connecting with professors and friends, while still possible, has been replaced with Discord servers where placing a face to a name is nearly impossible. A substantial amount of learning can’t be…

Academics in the midst of a pandemic

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The idea was simple: in March 2020, due to a global pandemic, nearly every university in the US decided to move to remote learning and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students then had a choice: stay on campus, more or less alone in their rooms, or move back home, which would be cheaper, and even if more emotionally challenging it would be significantly less financially challenging. Most opted for the latter, some for the former. Those that opted to go home returned to the same family dynamics they had faced in high school. Though not specific to college students, domestic…

Elon Musk’s plan to hack the brain — and what stands in his way

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Elon Musk has consistently proven that he is capable of doing the impossible, whether it’s making fully-electric cars profitable on a grand scale or proving to NASA that space travel can be done more efficiently. He has done both of these so spectacularly that on September 1st he was briefly wealthier than Mark Zuckerberg.

He is a tech tycoon through and through, yet he has begun to make headway in neuroscience with his newest project: Neuralink. The specifics of the device were uncertain until on August 28th, the public received a progress update on what Neuralink is doing.

In the…

Some of the kindest people train in the most brutal sport there is.

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When most people think of fighting, they think of either the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) or boxing. They think of the blood- and sweat- spattered rings, of carved men and women senselessly beating the hell out of one another for sport. Most people flinch just watching a boxing match or MMA fight. After all, it is the highest-contact sport there is and injuries are more or less expected, be it brain damage or broken bones. What would make someone interested in watching this sport, never mind participate in it?

I’ve been training in MMA for about 6 years now, and…

It’s a very different picture than being a full-fledged adult

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At this point in the pandemic, it’s well-known that the Coronavirus is far more dangerous to the elderly than it is to the young. In the midst of surging cases in Arizona, Texas, and Florida, the younger generation-Millenials and Gen Z-are increasingly under fire for being “lax” about social distancing. In the above-linked article, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said the following:

“I think that we’ve started to see some erosion in social distancing from probably some of the younger population”

This sentiment has been echoed time and time again, since the very beginning of the pandemic. Young people aren’t as…

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