The Return of Yellow Peril?

Growing cases of the coronavirus are fueling racist sentiment targeting Asians across the globe. Many are viewing the spread of the virus as an excuse to voice their xenophobic beliefs and falsely profile Asians. While some are turning to humor, others view this pandemic as an opportunity to safely express their blatantly offensive rhetoric.

The idea of a “Yellow Peril” originated in the late 19th century during the surge of Chinese immigration to the United States and referred to the irrational fear of East Asians as a source of danger. The term expressed a belief that Asians were somehow a threat to the Western World and embodies the work of anti-Asian stereotypes. That being said, are people’s responses to the coronavirus suggesting that we are reverting back to the base fear of foreigners? 

The public’s ignorance and misinformation about the novel coronavirus has led to racist and xenophobic attacks against anyone in the United States who appears to be East Asian. This racist sentiment has even manifested itself in the form of assault and verbal abuse. Asian Americans in Los Angeles and New York City have reported hearing numerous public transportation passengers claiming that all Chinese people are diseased and lack basic hygiene, singling out other Asian Americans who are not even Chinese. Perhaps the most widespread form of xenophobia manifests itself in fear mongering stereotypes about Asian food, one tweet stating: “Because of some fools in China who eat weird [foods] like bats, rats, and snakes, the entire world is about to suffer a plague.”

Many are using the global hashtag “#JeNeSuisPasUnVirus” (“I am not a virus”) and other social media platforms in an attempt to defend themselves over misguided fears. The false profiling of Asians in response to the spread of the virus has led to all Asians feeling threatened and ostracized, just because of their facial features.

Not only has the coronavirus sparked racism in the United States, but it has also brought intra-Asian oppression to light. Japanese citizens have called Chinese tourists “dirty bioterrorists,” and the hashtag “#ChineseDontComeToJapan” is currently trending on Twitter. In South Korea and Malaysia, millions of people have signed petitions asking that Chinese people be banned from entering their countries. A number of Vietnamese hotels and inns have hung signs on their doors saying that Chinese guests are unwelcome, many Vietnamese even going online to demand that the border crossings with China be closed. 

The response from China’s bordering countries shows that everyone, even fellow Asians, must take accountability. While it is one thing to feel nervous about the virus, it’s another thing to accuse an entire race and group xenophobia into the fear of catching a sickness. 

“Chinese Virus”

On March 16, President Donald Trump tweeted the following message: 

“The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like [a]irlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!”

Ever since, the term “Chinese Virus” has caught fire among conservatives, being used by Fox News analysts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, to name a few. Despite intense backlash, Trump has repeatedly defended his use of the term to refer to COVID-19, the deadly virus which has resulted in over 102,000 deaths around the world. 

As someone of partial Chinese descent, I am offended by Trump’s usage of the term. The World Health Organization intentionally named the virus COVID-19 to avoid stigmatizing a specific group of people; Trump instead did exactly that. While there are absolutely no benefits in using the term in place of COVID-19 or coronavirus, there is a huge detriment: it promotes xenophobia and racism towards Chinese and Chinese Americans. 

Supporters of Trump’s rhetoric argue that using the term is justified because other viruses, such as the West Nile virus and Zika Virus, are named after geographic locations. They also argue that using the term is justified because the outbreak began in China. Their reasoning is flawed for various reasons. First, the term “Chinese Virus” does not refer to a place; it refers to a specific group of people. Second, just because the outbreak began in China does not justify demonizing the Chinese people as a whole. Lastly, Coronavirus has evolved into a global problem that can no longer be simply defined by its place of origin.

As stated above, it is true that the outbreak of the virus began in China. It is also true that the Chinese government initially failed to adequately address the spread of the virus. However, neither of these facts justify scapegoating Chinese people as a whole. Even before the term came into existence, Asian-Americans reported instances of racist behavior, including verbal harassment and physical assault. Trump has not once condemned this behavior. On the contrary, he has endorsed it, thus incentivizing Americans to continue attacks on Asian Americans and further highlighting his lack of professionalism.

If we are to discuss the shortcomings of China’s response, we also must talk about the shortcomings of the Trump Administration’s response. Recently, the United States passed China for the most confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the world, a gloomy statistic that can, at least partially, be attributed to Trump’s lack of action in the early stages of the pandemic. He failed to take the virus seriously, failed to make working testing kits widely available, and failed to enact measures to stop the spread of coronavirus around the country. Although he has taken steps to contain the virus as of late, it will not change the effect his early blunders had on the spread.

In this unprecedented time, we need to be united, not divided. Trump’s rhetoric not only alienates a group which makes up almost 7% of the American population, but further hampers efforts to contain the spread of the virus and return to normality. 


Show Your Work

Why do we show our work? Is it to retrace our steps? Rarely. Is it to get partial credit? Yes. Forget about the partial credit, forget about the grade, and instead focus on the real life applications. Why does showing our work really matter?

As it turns out, showing your work in an understandable way is a valuable skill that is critical for research. Unlike tests, in research and proofs, you are not showing your work to receive partial credit; rather, you show your work so that other can review and replicate your work to confirm its viability. By showing your work, you allow for collaboration with others that are interested in your study. Collaboration and verification of studies are how mathematicians and their proofs gather recognition. Because of this scientific model of peer collaboration to verify work, if you do not properly collaborate or show your work, you can receive backlash from your academic peers.

Shinichi Mochizuki made the critical error of not showing his work when he spent 10 years working on the proof of the ABC conjecture. The ABC conjecture states that when two coprime (do not share prime factors) numbers A and B are added to get C, the number of prime factors that A and B have is less than the number of prime factors of C. This seemingly simple conjecture is very complicated and, if proved, would open up any doors to solving other problems. Word of Mochizuki’s proof stirred up a great deal of excitement in the math world until they read it. It was inscrutable. Mochizuki had written a 500 page proof using vocabulary he had developed to simplify the functions he used. Even the brightest minds were unable to understand his work and the process he used. Additionally, Mochizuki would not explain his proof to the public or colleges that offered to pay him to do so.

What does his unwillingness mean for the math world? It means tat his proof will not be proved for a while. He will have to work with someone to try and explain his proof and hopefully it will be legible after editing.

In conclusion, the applications of showing your work go beyond getting partial credit in your math class. Much like defining your terms in an English paper, showing step-by-step details make difficult proofs legible, thereby making your work open to being proved or disproved. Without showing your work, all of the work is for naught.

We Are All Students

30 bullets in a round: that is the capacity for the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle which was legally purchased by the 19 year old Parkland shooter a full year before it was used to destroy 17 lives, 17 families, 17 groups of friends, 17 sisters, mothers, fathers, brothers, and so many more people than 17. The Smith and Wesson weapon’s uses are quoted as “Competition Shooting, Home Protection, Hunting, and Law Enforcement & Military.” This weapon can fire off continuous rounds of ammunition before reloading; it is described as “easy to accessorize, but hard to put down. [They] are lightweight and rugged embodying the best combination of function and form.” The sale of guns has been commercialized to the level of the sale of a kid’s toy. A weapon with the power to kill should not be described as “hard to put down” as if they were describing the newest Barbie doll.

The shooter was able to purchase the weapon at the age of 18. Three years before he could legally purchase alcohol. He was known to have previous anger-management and mental health issues, yet lackadaisical background checks allowed this teenager to purchase the semi-automatic murder weapon.

A popular argument is “guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” When I first heard that, it seemed logical, but upon reflecting further and listening to Emma Gonzalez, a student at Stoneman Douglas, I realized that this could have been a very different story had the shooter only had access to a knife. Authorities would have been able to detain him sooner. He would not have been able to recklessly sputter out bullets while simultaneously putting money in the NRA’s pockets.

A lot of my close family lives in Texas. In fact, just a few days ago, they emailed my dad a picture of them with a huge hog after a successful hunting trip. I am not against the second amendment and one’s right to bear arms. What I am against, however, is how out of context the American people have taken that amendment for today’s usage. In 1791, there were muskets and pistols that could fire about three effective rounds per minute. Now we are talking 30 [rounds], in a matter of seconds.

Some of you may be thinking, “I don’t see how I connect. I go to Head-Royce, a well-protected and safe school, I just don’t see this happening to me.” But the sad truth is, no one could see this coming. If you had asked the students a month before the shooting if they would have to hide away from windows, guard themselves from bullets with thick textbooks, and witness their peers and teachers bleed out in front of them on Valentine’s Day, they would all look at you in disbelief. Yet you still might be thinking, “well California has stricter gun laws than Florida.” While true, strict gun laws do not stop countless shooters every day up and down the West Coast. So for those of you who try to distance yourself from this issue – maybe because if you really thought about it, it would be too painful – I would encourage you to think what we have in common with the kids in Florida: we are all students.

We are all students who wake up early every morning to rush to the bus, who are up way too late working on homework, and who complain about how jam-packed their week is. We are all students who shouldn’t have to question their safety at a sacred space for learning. We are all students who shouldn’t have to have teachers carrying around guns as protection. The brave students of Stoneman Douglas High School have been able to add momentum to the long running gun control conversation, and I’m sure many of us have been a part of history class debates on gun control, but now, more than ever, it can no longer be a conversation.

This is not a one-off. This is not an issue you can talk about in History class and then dismiss until it is brought up again. For me, this feels like a personal attack that does not end today. For me, it does not end until semi-automatic weapons are banned, the gun purchasing age is raised to 21, background checks are re-vamped, and mental health is monitored closer especially during the high school years.

There are so many emotions that I have felt since February 14th: shock, anger, disbelief, denial, frustration, sadness. There are so many more things I wanted to talk about. However, for the sake of being relatively brief and letting other voices speak their opinions, I will end here. I wish I could say more, but mostly I wish the 17 victims could say more. Those 17 lives were not done making their impact: Alyssa, Scott, Martin, Nick, Aaron, Jaime, Chris, Luke, Cara, Gina, Joaquin, Alaina, Meadow, Helena, Alex, Carmen, and Peter. They were silenced.

Roger Goodell


Though the National Football League is a major source of media attention, there is a lot that goes unnoticed behind the scenes. When you hear about Tom Brady deflating footballs and the infamous Ray Rice tape, you picture the athletes carrying out their suspension on the sidelines. What you don’t see, however, is the man behind all the penalties: Roger Goodell.

When the School community was asked how they felt about Goodell, those who recognized the name had very similar opinions. “Roger Goodell is a useless commissioner,” says sophomore and avid football fan Damilare Aguda. “All he does is say ‘the NFL is working on it. Abuse is not tolerated by the NFL. Oops, another player punched his wife, oh darn,’” comments sophomore Dylan Evans. His opinion is most likely related to the way he handled the domestic abuse charges against Ray Rice. When a tape came out of the Baltimore running back dragging the limp body of his fiancé out of an elevator after viciously beating her unconscious, Goodell ruled to suspend him only two games. However, after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady allegedly deflated balls in the 2014 AFC Championship game against the Colts, Brady, who had not inflicted violence upon anyone, received a suspension twice as long as Rice’s.

Another time Goodell mishandled a domestic abuse case was with Giants kicker Josh Brown. After he privately admitted to repeated abuse of his wife in emails and journal entries, calling himself  “God” and her “his slave”,  they suspended him for just one game in 2015. The person the NFL blamed for this short suspension was his wife, Molly Brown, for not coming forward with the evidence. Why would she after the Ray Rice fiasco? This ruling caused vitriolic responses from analysts and players, but Brown’s suspension was only increased in 2017 after Goodell was criticized for suspending Ezekiel Elliott for six games in the 2017 season on counts of repeated domestic violence. His charges were put on and off hold three times.

While I believe that the NFL does not care about the health and safety of player spouses, they also do not care about the health and safety of their own players! After purposefully and repeatedly neglecting concrete evidence of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) which is a dangerous brain disease commonly associated with football players, Goodell tried and failed to hide the evidence from the public. To appease former players, he implemented the useless “concussion protocol,” which allows the medical staff to test for concussions during games. If a player is found to have a concussion, they are prohibited from re-entering the game that day or going to practice the day after. Experts speculate that this protocol will be futile against long term brain damage.

Goodell, a man unpopular amongst fans, players, and coaches, recently signed a five-year $200 million contract on December 6. The contract outraged NFL fans everywhere. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who previously tried to team up with other owners to impeach Goodell, has openly expressed displeasure in this new contract.

Some might ask why a commissioner who gets booed by fans as he walks onto the podium at every NFL Draft would have his contract extended to the 2023 season. The answer is this: Goodell works for the owners and answers to them and them only. With this in mind, consider the 2011 budget reform. Players got crushed as the NFL steered five percent of league revenues away from their income and put a salary cap on rookie contracts. Where does the extra money go? To the very owners that elect him. It is frustrating to see that this is what’s behind the sport that I love and to learn that even on a Sunday morning you cannot escape corruption.



Marijuana Legalization

Ever since marijuana was legalized in California, business has been booming. In November of 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of cannabis for adults, age twenty-one and over. The proposition was put into action on New Year’s Day. The legalization of marijuana is definitely a win for the state. Unlike the five other states that allow legalized marijuana, California has the sheer size to grow the agricultural aspect of the marijuana industry; it also has a larger population than the other five states combined. California’s newly-formed pot industry will attract tourists as well. Michael Gordon, CEO and co-founder of Kush Tourism, claims that 30 percent to 40 percent of his customers are tourists. Opponents to the growing industry have raised concerns regarding a lack of restrictions. However, under the law, people age 21 and over have limits to the amount they can consume: 28.5 grams of marijuana. Additionally, there are new cannabis taxes: a 15 percent excise tax and a cultivation tax. If someone is involved with commercial cannabis activity without a license, they are subject to penalties; each day of unauthorized activity accounts for one violation. With these regulations comes a decrease in gang-related violence. People who encounter injustice of any kind can consult with police and the judicial system without finding alternative ways, such as violent ones. Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions has brought up debunked facts regarding marijuana in the past: “I believe it’s an unhealthy practice, and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago, and we’re seeing real violence around that”. On the contrary, Denver saw a 2.2 percent decrease in violent crime rates after their first year of legalized cannabis. In 2016, the pot industry created more than 18,000 jobs in Colorado. A study from the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau, Harvard University, and Western Carolina University has concluded that the implementation of legal cannabis in the United States has neither made a positive or negative impact with drug abuse. Sessions is facing more criticism after releasing a statement virtually rolling back an Obama-era policy. He released the statement in early January: “Today’s memo on federal marijuana enforcement simply directs all U.S. attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country”. In other words, under the Obama Administration the federal government “turned a blind eye” towards every state’s view on marijuana. Sessions wants the opposite to happen. Clearly, the taxpayer’s money could be spent elsewhere. California Representative in the House Julia Brownley responded to Sessions in a tweet. She commented, “The state of California has the right to enact its own policies on marijuana, and the voters have spoken. Rather than wasting taxpayer money going after medical and recreational marijuana users, Attorney General Sessions should concentrate on protecting Americans from criminals”. To conclude, California’s young marijuana industry will likely expand to become the nation’s largest. It will benefit the economy, while still having the ideal regulations. It will also decrease gang-related violence and will not have an impact with drug abuse or addiction. Things are looking golden for the Golden State.


Online Censorship

On January 1st, 2018, popular YouTuber Logan Paul released a video in which he went into Japan’s Aokigahara, commonly known as the ‘Suicide Forest’. In the video, he filmed a dead body, presumed to be a victim of suicide. After seeing the body, Paul did not stop filming, and even made jokes about the victim. As expected, this video drew immediate and strong backlash, and after six million views in less than a day, Paul deleted it. YouTube did not delete the video, even though according to its Community Guidelines, they do not allow “violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or disrespectful”. Though YouTube did publicly criticize Paul after the video, they were not directly responsible for its removal despite the violation of their guidelines. This video, and YouTube’s reaction, have prompted its viewers to wonder whether such content should be censored more strongly.

In my opinion, no content like this should exist on YouTube. To publish content that trivializes suicide, and to portray it sensationally, would only further the already great stigma against suicide and mental health issues. Even though the treatment of suicide as a joke is already rampant in our society, there is no reason YouTube should aim to protect that attitude. Even if the platform does not support this type of content, it is ultimately its job to examine all uploaded videos, especially by channels with many subscribers, and determine whether they are appropriate. Allowing a large channel to publish a video effectively communicates that the website is comfortable with its content. In this case, one of the largest social media platforms in the world is sending a message that it is acceptable to treat suicide in an insensitive way, which it clearly should not.

Despite nearly universal negative reception, there are still some sentiments in support of Logan Paul: mainly “he made a mistake, but everybody makes mistakes”, and “I’m not offended by this content, so I still support him”. While it is incredibly clear that the video was misguided, it was not a mistake: Paul went into the ‘Suicide Forest’ on purpose, he filmed the body on purpose, and he uploaded the video on purpose, not by mistake. While everybody does make mistakes, not everybody chooses to publish footage of a victim of suicide, and not everybody has millions of people seeing their poor choices. Those who have large followings need to be especially aware of the impact their content can make. As for supporters who did not take offense to the video, their support and lack of reaction does not mean everybody will react in the same way. Supporters of Logan Paul are forgetting why a humorous attitude towards suicide is harmful to others. Content that turns suicide into a casual video might not offend viewers who have never contemplated suicide or had a connection to it, but for those who battle suicidal thoughts, depression, or other mental health problems, seeing videos like this could have disastrous repercussions. It is up to YouTube to protect all of its viewers from another “mistake”.

Course Selections Article

By: Annie Steuart and Sofiya Lyall

Do you feel like you are stranded in the desert? Do you feel like you are an Athenian student stranded in the wilderness with no water and food, terrifyingly close to DEATH? If this is you, listen we’re finna drop some knowledge…

Contrary to the PsYchEdelIc imagery that our graphic suggests, this is actually an article on course selection at Head Royce.  It has come to our attention that students often find themselves in a hopeless, stranded-in-a-desert like condition because they are taking classes they find uninteresting. We have heard students complain time and time again about the obscene stress they face each time they step into their accelerated math class, or their challenging AP science classes. Invariably, when a question is posed to students regarding the reason they subject themselves to classes they so abhor, the response is something along the lines of ‘It looks better on a college transcript.’

At Head Royce, and in California specifically, there is a stigma surrounding what qualifies intelligence. Often, it seems it is defined by your ability to stay afloat in advanced math and science classes. Though it is understandable that schools in California put an emphasis on STEM courses, given the revenue coming from technological innovation in Silicon Valley, it nonetheless frankly demeaning to students with a predisposition for different subjects. To impose a system upon students which encourages them to prioritize math and science courses, despite the fact that these courses are not appealing to everyone, creates a burnt-out, uninspired student body who take classes not out of passion for the subject matter, but simply to appeal to a college board which prioritizes a certain type of learner. It is critical that students are encouraged to take classes that they are genuinely interested in, so that they can eventually develop skills in a subject they are passionate about. This means that outside of core classes, the only question that should be asked while scheduling  is “What are you interested in?” Currently, it feels like emphasis is placed upon classes that will “challenge” you and therefore make you look more appealing to colleges. But what if you just rode out your desert trip a little bit, found something you were legitimately interested in and went DEEEP MAHN? Classes that challenge you are certainly beneficially and in most cases, inevitable, but, if given a choice, make sure you opt for a class that is not EARTH-SHATTERINGLY DIFFICULT or overly unpleasant.

In addition, this prioritization of STEM courses creates a power divide between different fields of learning, and makes students who may possess a different type of intelligence feel inferior, and unrespected by their administration and fellow peers. More broadly, by encouraging students to select courses which do not develop their own strengths, we condemn our youth to the idea that life is about suffering through insurmountable obstacles in order to achieve some form of pay-off in the distant future. While teaching youth the importance of perseverance is certainly laudable; compelling students to increase the time they spend on subjects they feel no emotional connection to or aptitude for is detrimental, in that it discourages students to develop skills in classes they are passionate about. By forcing students to waste their time absorbing and regurgitating information they have no interest in, we create an education system interested purely in a transactional experience, one devoid of true meaning and so far removed from real-world application, students lose all sense of purpose, and eventually lose all excitement for learning.

Those who favor the humanities shouldn’t feel obligated to necessarily take that harder math class if it is really going to be digging into time that they could be sleeping or doing something beneficial to one’s health. There shouldn’t be comments like: “Oh but he/she is in the easier math class” as if this is somehow a testament of your intelligence or willingness to put in effort. And the best part is, if you want to go to Death Valley and collect GEODES and like be obsessed with that, you should have time in your schedule to do so. Passion can be hard to find when you are just grinding through the everyday, uninterested in what it is you are actually doing. Interestingly as well, when you are feeling fulfilled and excited to learn, I think feeling excited about something is much easier. FIND YOUR GEODES MY G’S.

Breaking Up on Valentine’s Day

Are you in a rut? Your partner getting you down? Is all the love and romance in the air just sickening you? ‘Tis the season of St. Valentine? Many naive adolescents believe the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is to express affection and active stimulation towards their lover. The romance that is associated with this holiday is a common misconception that has somehow gravely infected our current society. The widely accepted celebration of St. Valentine has been altered with each generation. The true meaning has been lost.

Our story begins in the year 4 AD, in a small village on the outskirts of Ancient Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh had recently been democratically elected Prime Minister, and ancient marijuana had just been legalized. Doris Burke was nine and half months pregnant when she watched her husband admire himself in the mirror for the last time. Without saying a word, she swiftly grabbed her belongings and headed out the sliding glass door of the hut. She never saw her husband again.

Burke gave birth to her beautiful son two days later. She named him Valentine. Growing up, Valentine Burke was always picked on. He was always last kid chosen when the others picked teams for chariot racing and basketball. He had an abnormally large head, and had earned the nickname “Abnormally-Large-Headed-Kid”. Lastly, he never believed in love. That is until, he met Kassandra.

They met at the local 24 Hour Fitness, and the connection was instantaneous. She was on the treadmill, he was on the elliptical, and the song playing in the background was “Low” by the Grandelius Flo Rida. He worked up all his courage and approached the young beauty.

“Great weather we’re having.”

“Yep,” she responded seductively.

After that, he went back to the gym day after day, hoping to see her. Their secret rendezvous at the gym quickly blossomed into a loving relationship. They picnicked under the breathtaking view of the Mesopotamian night sky, as he pointed out the constellations of Orion and Cassiopeia. They went to Ikea and pretended to be a married couple, shopping for their new two bedroom apartment flat. And he dressed in a trench coat, holding a boombox under her window that played “In Your Eyes”.

Life seemed perfect for Valentine Burke, he had just reached Saint status (but that’s a story for another time), and soon, he realized that he didn’t just like her, he didn’t just like like her. When he was with her, the world stopped spinning, time froze, and nothing else mattered. She taught him how to love.

If our story ended here, then the current Valentine’s Day traditions of chocolate, hearts, and flowers would be appropriate. Unfortunately, this story does not have a happy ending.

Just as St. Valentine learned to love, he learned to hate. On February sixteenth, his one year anniversary with Kassandra, he came home with chocolates, flowers, and a ring. But instead of the warm welcome he had expected, he got something much worse. Kassandra dumped Valentine, forgetting that it was their anniversary, then changed her facebook status to single an hour later, he was stalking her page.

For the first century following this day, the world celebrated Valentine’s Day with contempt. People broke up with their significant others, and gave each other mud instead of chocolate, weeds instead of roses, gift cards instead of jewelry. The rise of consumerism and materialism has transformed the once historical holiday into a phony celebration for phony people.

So, if your relationship isn’t working out, and you can’t stand the thought of another day with your partner, do not listen to your “friends” who tell you to wait until after Valentine’s Day. Do not listen to them say it is “heartless” or “cruel” to dump someone on Valentine’s Day. In fact, if you do, you will be the one staying true to the holiday.

As for the “how to break up with someone” you read in the title, it is really quite simple. Just tell them: “It’s not me, it’s you.”

Freshmen Dating

Freshman year has always been and always will be dominated by the actions of hormone-fueled young teens struggling to break out of their shells and speak with – or, if they dare to be so bold, date – a person whom they find attractive. But dating as a freshman is not so simple a feat. In fact, dating as a freshman has proven to be quite complex and delicate. There are things to consider such as curfew, transportation, money… the list goes on. Yes, there are also benefits freshmen enjoy in the world of dating that older kids do not get to enjoy. So, what does it mean to date as a freshman?

A freshman beginning their foray into the dating world must consider the issue of transportation. A freshman cannot yet drive on their own, resulting in a complete dependence on public transportation or, more likely, the services of a visibly uncomfortable middle-aged man or woman, whether it be a parent proud of their child for finding love or a Lyft driver swallowing their cringe-fueled laughter in order to secure a five-star rating.

Some freshmen have strict curfews. I can see the parents yelling from the porch steps now, “Be sure to get back by 10:00 honey! You kids have fun.” Unfortunately for freshmen, the curfew problem is largely out of your hands and is something that only time and trust can remedy.

There is a general awkwardness and inexperience that comes with dating as a freshman. Impulsive actions driven by a hormone imbalance certainly don’t help when trying to snag a suitable mate. In time, things inside will settle down and become a little more manageable, but for now, the inherent awkwardness that comes with just being a freshman is unavoidable. Sorry.  

Do not let this discourage you from using Valentine’s Day to finally profess your love and go on a date with the 14-year-old of your dreams. At a restaurant, many freshmen still possess the youthful glow of a “12 or under,” therefore making them eligible for the deals and half-price meals only available on a kids menu. Similarly, movie theatres might offer cheaper tickets to a pair of lovestruck youngsters.

Freshmen are quite busy with the perils of the infamous “iSearch,” but most are unaware that the iSearch provides wonderful opportunities for romance. Need a peer editor? Ask the person you want to date! Need help organizing the ever-important iSearch binder? You guessed it, ask the person you want to date. Need an interview subject? Ask the parent of the person you want to date!  

Of course, this article is only helpful if someone does actually agree to go on a date with you. There is always the very, very real possibility of rejection, humiliation, loss of pride, tears, loss of friendships — but do not let it faze you. Remember: Trust the process, and have a great Valentine’s Day.

Valentines Day MadLib

Dear ________________ (crush’s name),


I still remember the first time I ________________ (verb, past tense) my eyes on you. It was during ________________(school subject) class, and you came in to give ________________ (a teacher) a ________________ (noun). You were wearing a ________________ (color and piece of clothing), jeans, and white ________________ (shoe brand). The first thing I noticed was your ________________ (adjective) ________________ (noun), and your beautiful ________________ (noun). Since that very moment, I must admit that I have had a(n) ________________ (adjective) crush on you. If you want to, I would love to take you to ________________ (place) and maybe even go to ________________ (another place), as well. Enjoy some ________________(food) and maybe watch the sunset at ________________ (place). I have never been so ________________ (verb) by someone and I would be so ________________ (adjective) if you would be my valentine!



________________ (your name)

Netflix Recommendations

There are so many Netflix shows and movies to choose from that it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. We have a few recommendations for you in order to minimize the time you spend searching for shows. One of the most popular shows, especially among Head-Royce Students, is a series called Grey’s Anatomy. This show focuses on a hospital and the lives of the doctors both inside and outside of work.

If you’re looking for a more scary show, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries are both very popular. Pretty Little Liars is an intense show about four teenage girls who have a stalker who calls themselves ‘A’. The girls have to deal with all of the threats and pranks that get pulled on them. The whole show centers ar trying to find out who ‘A’ is. Vampire Diaries, on the other hand, is about a town, Mystic Falls, filled with both supernatural creatures and regular humans. The show focuses on a love story between a vampire and a normal girl.

If you’re looking for a more realism in your drama series, Scandal will definitely have you hooked. It is about a a managing firm in DC that works closely with The White House and helps people who are accused of crimes. If Scandal sounds a little too mainstream for you, Orange is the New Black might be your thing. It’s a crime and comedy show that focuses on the corruption in a women’s prison.

If you’re looking for a spooky mystery, Stranger Things is great show for you. This show takes place in a small town in Indiana where strange occurrences begin to happen. The battle against supernatural forces and thrilling plot will surely get you obsessed.

One very popular show that many people enjoy is Gossip Girl. This show follows a group of teens who live in the upper east side of New York that are addicted to sending in tips to an anonymous source called Gossip Girl. They group must overcome many obstacles which threaten their reputation. These are just a few of many Netflix shows that you should check out whenever you have free time.

Leave a Comment