The Epitaph

The Impatient Patient: Decisions affecting students should involve students

By Renee Wang

September 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

T he new bell schedule is perhaps one of the biggest changes in the 2018-2019 school year — yet in the two-year process of revising the schedule, outreach to students was lackluster and minimal, despite the fact that students would be most affected. This lack of outreach is evident in the new...

The Impatient Patient: Reduced, heightened expectations pressure minority students

By Renee Wang

April 27, 2018


Filed under Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Racial stereotypes have been proven to invoke reduced expectations and heightened pressures for students in affected groups. Not only that, but these racial stereotypes also contribute to the achievement gap, or set of disparities in testing scores, between Asian and white students versus non-Asian min...

The Impatient Patient: In defense of a lazy, smartphone-obsessed generation

The Impatient Patient: In defense of a lazy, smartphone-obsessed generation

By Renee Wang

April 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Lazy. Entitled. Snowflakes. According to Media Post, these are the qualities 71 percent of past American generations attribute to Generation Z. These sentiments are reflected not only by the parents of Generation Z, but in those belonging to it. 40 percent of parents and 45 percent of Generation Z themselv...

The Impatient Patient: Crisis pregnancy centers have the right to their beliefs, not the right to deceive

March 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are organizations around the country offering counsel to pregnant women, with the goal of swaying women away from having an abortion by presenting different options. As such, CPCs counsel women through their pregnancy and after, providing adoption referrals. There ...

The Impatient Patient: The Paralympics’ dim spotlight

March 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

The buzz from the 2018 Winter Olympics may be dying down, but the hype for the Paralympics is just igniting — but barely. Since 1976, the year of the first winter Paralympic games, winter Paralympians have won 278 medals, more than the 197 medals earned by Olympians. Despite this, there is a longstanding d...

The Impatient Patient: How Weight Watchers’ new teen program offers benefits to low-income families

By Renee Wang

March 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Weight Watchers’ recent decision to offer free memberships to teenagers has been met with much backlash across the internet — and this comes as no surprise, as we, as a society, have become increasingly focused on what it means to be healthy. However, the concern over  the effects of dieting on imp...

The Impatient Patient: Video game addiction more than a virtual reality

By Renee Wang

February 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, Showcase, The Impatient Patient

Part 1 of this series can be found here https://hhsepitaph.com/6416/opinion/the-impatient-patient-video-game-addiction-more-than-a-virtual-reality/ Gaming addiction now has a place into the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Diseases. However, there has been debate over whether or not the decision to brand it as an actual disorder is a ...

The Impatient Patient: Video game addiction more than a virtual reality

By Renee Wang

January 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Video game addiction now has a place on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases draft for 2018. For now, it falls under the very general umbrella term of behavioral and drug disorders that stem from addiction. For a long time, there has been debate on video games,...

The Impatient Patient: Why TV shows catered to children have the responsibility of representation

By Renee Wang

January 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Is television the glue of American society? Perhaps, seeing as we devote five hours daily to a screen, according to the New York Times. For children between the ages eight to 18, a eerily similar figure of 4.5 is cited. When kids and teenagers devote such a significant chunk of time to television, the qu...

The Impatient Patient: What’s got your back?

By Renee Wang

November 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

We as students carry a lot of weight on our backs — from the literal weight of the backpacks we carry daily to the mounting pressures of future success. Either way, both weights are an uncomfortable reality for our health. Our backpacks are heavy, with binders and notebooks crammed in every nook and...

The Impatient Patient: Sleep deprivation should not be a high school rite of passage

By Renee Wang

October 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

According to a study done by the National Sleep Foundation, a mere 15 percent of high school students in the US are sleeping 8.5 hours per school night, the bare minimum of the recommended 8 to 10 hours. For the 85 percent of us, nights are spent fruitlessly trying to outrun deadlines. We are all too ...

The Impatient Patient: Binging on unhealthy coping mechanisms

By Renee Wang

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

According to the National Eating Disorder Association the most common eating disorder in the United States is not anorexia or bulimia nervosa, but a disorder most have never even heard of before —- binge eating disorder. The reason why it is not well known is because although introduced in 1959, it ...