The Epitaph

The Impatient Patient: New set of problems arise in AP Exam changes

October 22, 2019

I t’s finally fall. Pumpkin spice, Halloween and … AP exam season? Starting this year, the College Board, a not-for-profit organization who administers standardized tests like the SAT, has made several changes in its AP Exam registration process. One of these changes include the AP Classroo...

The Impatient Patient: The line between a social media binge and cleanse

By Renee Wang

May 30, 2019

In my freshman year, I bade goodbye to “likes” and dog filters as I deleted first my Instagram, and later my Snapchat account. For the next year or so, I likened myself to living off the grid — the social media grid that is. My motivations for such a social media cleanse were simple: I thoug...

The Impatient Patient: Mental health days are just as valid

By Renee Wang

April 3, 2019

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

"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

"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

“[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

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

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

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

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

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

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...