The Threats of Deforestation

Dhruthi Mahesh

Forests cover around 31% of the land we live in. The Earth is home to hundreds of species of animals, purifies the air, and provides reservoirs for water. It also acts as a sink for carbon dioxide which would otherwise end up in the atmosphere, and is the site for a lot of recreational activities we partake in.  However, these forests are slowly disappearing, and in its place are industrial factories, buildings, and residential houses. 

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As Cases Rise, Mental Health Suffers

Li Yen Ho

Tackling mental health has already been an uphill battle for decades. Adding on cases of seasonal affective disorder, most prominent in the winter, can make a person feel dark and gloomy, even in what would be considered a normal year. In general, young adults aged 18-25 are most susceptible to mental illness, though specifics depend on a person’s environment, family history, and cannot be blindly generalized. The stress, anxiety, and fear present in the COVID-19 pandemic only add to the brew of mental illnesses. A person can easily slide down the slope of depression or anxiety, protected from physical illness but thrust into an environment of mental ones.

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College In 2020

Li Yen Ho

Colleges are undergoing many changes in 2020. COVID-19 has been a force to be reckoned with, and both the universities and its students face challenges during these unprecedented times. Colleges must coordinate a plan to either close campus or maintain extremely strict safety procedures to suppress the coronavirus. Students are faced with choosing remote learning at some colleges, in-person lectures that lack the trademark aspects of the college experience at others, or opting for a gap year in hopes the next year will bring more of a semblance to normality. 

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