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The Reality of “Breaks”
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The Reality of “Breaks”

I find it humorous that embedded in the term “Spring Break” is the word “break,” which usually indicates a hiatus of some sort. Frankly, the same goes for every “break” Andover students are given, including the time we get off for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the coveted Summer Break. Sure, students are granted a brief escape from…

Skin Isn’t Shameful
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Skin Isn’t Shameful

Somehow, my skin manages to make me feel isolated. Since the age of 11, I’ve struggled with acne and continue to do so now, though to a lesser extent. While I’ve come a long way long way in terms of confidence about my skin, there are still complications that come with having acne that are…

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A Broken System

Over Spring Break, I spent many days at the federal courthouse in my community where my mother serves as a federal judge. I was sitting face-to-face with a couple bringing civil charges against a veteran sergeant for the “unjustified” shooting and killing of their son, a claim based on an alleged violation of the Fourth…

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The Plight of Pettiness

My Instagram and Snapchat feeds are usually filled with selfies and other harmless posts that keep me updated on my friends’ lives. Yet every once in awhile, I’ll come across a post with a passive-aggressive caption that directly — but discreetly — targets someone. Posts like these never mention the targeted person by name, but…

A Light on Winter Term
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A Light on Winter Term

Having barely survived Fall Term in one piece, I was looking forward to receiving a clean slate: Winter Term. I assumed that I would have learned from my mistakes, and that I could glide smoothly through with my newfound experience and knowledge. My plan was perfect, until the onslaught of warnings about the notoriously difficult…

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