Student Columns

First Annual “Turkey Trails Hike” Supporting the Esselen Tribe and Conservation of Their Historical Lands

First Annual “Turkey Trails Hike” Supporting the Esselen Tribe and Conservation of Their Historical Lands

Ellie Brew '22 November 21-29 Join us (virtually this year) for the first annual Turkey Trails Hike supporting a local Native American tribe and environmental conservation. Over the November break, go on one of the nine curated hikes with family and friends while supporting the preservation efforts of the Esselen Tribe of Monterey. We have set up hikes across the Bay Area in three levels of difficulty so everyone can participate and enjoy the beautiful scenery in our backyard. Go for a strenuous hike to challenge yourself or take the young ones on an easy walk. We have also included…
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Celebrating Twenty Years on the ISS

Celebrating Twenty Years on the ISS

Kelly Shen '23 Twenty years ago, American William Shepherd and Russians Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko orbited the Earth on the International Space Station (ISS) for 141 days, the first to do so. Over the last two decades, the ISS has housed 241 people from 19 countries, and its microgravity laboratory has hosted 3000 research investigations from over 108 countries. Let’s take a look at the most memorable biology, physics, and astronomy discoveries made on the ISS, just to name a few. 1. Veggie Veggie is Nasa’s own space garden. Since 2014, they have planted dwarf what, leafy mizuna, dwarf…
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Quad Queries: Organizing Your Schedule

Quad Queries: Organizing Your Schedule

Hello Gators, I have gathered up some tips for organizing your schedule. Here there are some things you might want to know. First, organize your workspace. This is significant because you can dedicate more of your time to your school work rather than looking for your materials. According to QualitylogoProductsBlog, some psychological benefits of having an organized desk or workspace is that you’re more likely to make healthier food choices which is a bonus, improve mental stability, increase productivity, are more likely to sleep better, improve focus and reduce stress. So the next time your parent or guardian says clean…
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Maine and Nebraska: The Prospect of a Proportional Electoral Voting System

Maine and Nebraska: The Prospect of a Proportional Electoral Voting System

William Yen ‘23 “Nebraska - The Good Life - Welcome Sign” by Tony Webster is licensed by CC BY 2.0 In our state, California, the votes for presidential elections are dictated by a winner-takes-all system, meaning that the candidate who wins the state popular vote receives all electoral votes from that state. Forty-eight of the fifty states use this winner-take-all system— all except Nebraska and Maine. Starting in the 1972 Presidential Election, the state of Maine began to use a new, unconventional electoral voting method, called the Congressional District Method. Before we delve into the definition of this method, it…
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A New Kind of 600mph Transportation

A New Kind of 600mph Transportation

Whoosh! A few articles ago I discussed the pros and cons of flying cars, one of the many new technologies that will aid future transportation. However, there is a new form of transportation that some of you may have already heard about. Known as the Virgin Hyperloop, this company wants to transport passengers from Las Vegas to Los Angeles: using a vacuum.  If the image that comes to mind is seeing a human jump into a pod and watching them go at supersonic speeds through a tube, you’re really not that far off. The only difference between this description and…
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Let’s Talk Books: THE BIBLE with Dr. J!

Let’s Talk Books: THE BIBLE with Dr. J!

We've seen science fiction, short stories, and business... but were you expecting the Bible?!? Check out Adrian de Vernou's newest episode of the Let's Talk Books Series with religion teacher Dr. Juelsguaard! https://youtu.be/D_a6Yyu2kZE https://youtu.be/aFv2XQzWBGg Image from Unsplash
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Water Found on the Moon

Water Found on the Moon

Kelly Shen '23 Data collected by spacecraft eleven years ago revealed a shocking truth: the Moon wasn’t the dry dusty desert we all imagined it to be, it was actually a little damp. However, we couldn’t confirm the presence of water, because we couldn’t tell if the substance picked up by the craft was H2O, or OH (hydroxyl). This week, two journal articles published by the Nature Astronomy magazine revisited the finding, confirming that yes, there truly is water on the moon.  How scientists found the water: First, scientists used infrared to scan the surface of the moon, showing chemical…
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Quad Queries: Time Management

Quad Queries: Time Management

Zahir Prakash '24 Hello Gators, Times are tough and as a freshman, I am also struggling with the workload. I have gathered up some time management strategies that I will like to share with you all that have helped me and will hopefully help you as well. First, use timers! Timers are great in terms of time management, especially because they allow you to have designated time for assignments which can eliminate procrastination. Second, think about your mindset! Although the mindset is not a time management strategy, it is very important. Hear me out here. If your mindset is not…
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