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Why Are You Asking Me About North Korea?

When I tell people that I live in Korea, responses range from “Oh, that’s cool,” to “I love kimchi!” to “North Korea or South Korea?” More often than not, I perform my uncomfortable routine of smiling, nodding, and ignoring the fact that to many others, my home country is merely the land of K-pop idols…

Unmasking Masculinity
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Unmasking Masculinity

Two summers ago, I killed a chipmunk with a hatchet. Earlier that day, my dad had set a trap for culprit rodents outside my grandmother’s vegetable garden. To the misfortune of this particular chipmunk, its hind legs had been caught, and broken. My dad brought me and my brother outside to carry out obvious boy-scout…

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Dollars Over Decency

“We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” by Logan Paul popped up on my YouTube feed. My face twitched in terror as I watched Paul venture into Aokigahara, a forest northwest of Mount Fuji known for its high suicide rates, wearing a “Toy Story” alien beanie. Not long into the video, Paul…

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Common Complaints

  Paresky Commons seemed to me then like a place every student would love to go. I remember being overwhelmed by the ample options, the variety of dishes, and the quality of the food when I dined there for the first time. Today, the dining hall is undoubtedly a fundamental part of Andover students’ lives,…

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Why Grades Don’t Work

The United States grading system was created over 100 years ago, and although Andover uses a slightly revised six-point scale, the concept remains the same. Grades were initially implemented as a means to measure students’ academic performance, but their efficacy in the present day is questionable. Because students have the notion that their grades at…

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