The Epitaph

The Impatient Patient: Mental health days are just as valid

By Renee Wang

April 3, 2019


Filed under OPINION, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient, Uncategorized

H ow does the most universally hated phrase by parents — "I don't want to go to school today" — come to be? It starts off when you are funneled from back-to-back extracurriculars, SAT prep and 2 a.m. study sessions. It build when you straddle the line between awake and asleep, when you down a cup...

The Impatient Patient: When sparking joy is but a sparking trend

By Renee Wang

March 7, 2019


Filed under OPINION, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

"I love your cashmere sweater. You got a good price.” After all, only 90 percent of Mongolia’s surface is facing deforestation due to the breeding of cashmere goats. “Your blouse has the most vibrant hue, as well.” After all, only 200 tons of water is required to dye one ton of fabric. Fa...

The Impatient Patient: Give me your poor, tired, English-speakers only

By Renee Wang

January 30, 2019


Filed under OPINION, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

"Something to think about…” former graduate studies biostatistics director at Duke University Megan Neely wrote in an email to first- and second-year students. Neely’s email condemned Chinese international students’ use of their native language during what appeared to be non-academic time....

The Impatient Patient: It’s up to us to break the Silicon Valley bubble

By Renee Wang

November 18, 2018


Filed under OPINION, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

“[Silicon Valley] — it's a weird, surreal place to live right now,” Alexa Cortes Culwell said. Culwell is co-founder of Open Impact, a strategic advisory firm dedicated to bringing about social change. We live in one of the wealthiest areas in the U.S. The median household income in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area is nearly twice that of the U.S. average: $110,040 versus $61...

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, 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,...