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Student Guide to Academic Writing

Emma D., journalist

Are you the kind of student that does not look forward to having to write academic essays? If so, you might think that this type of writing requires skills that only the best writers possess. However, this could not be further from the truth. As a member of the George Washington University Online High School’s Finer Things Club, I was given the special opportunity to present a writing workshop to my school. Being a GWUOHS student for four years has given me countless opportunities to write a variety of academic essays, and as such, about a month ago, I shared my knowledge of how to approach academic writing with staff and students in a formal presentation. Now, I would like to pass on the content of my presentation to you, our GW Chronicle readers, to show you how academic writing assignments are not as hard as they seem.

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Coronavirus and the Environment

Emma D., journalist

Life before coronavirus is a nostalgic memory. While this pandemic has taken a toll on countless lives, the coronavirus has been quite a relief for the natural world. In the past few years, climate change has arguably become the single largest effect on the environment, resulting in Earth’s temperature rising “about two-thirds of a degree Fahrenheit”[1]. Even though the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on human life all over the world, it has had an unexpected positive impact on the environment.

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Why GWUOHS is the perfect school for me

Emma D., journalist

According to the Middle States Association, one of the top regional accreditors of educational institutions in the country, the George Washington University Online High School was “by far the best online school…ever visited”. Since I was one of the few students that was a member of the GWUOHS re-accreditation team, I was ecstatic to receive this news. Still, when people hear that I attend the George Washington University Online High School, I receive mixed reactions. Some react positively, remarking that my decision is unique and interesting, while others react negatively, commenting that my decision is unusual and a bit strange. Whatever the reaction I come across, after having spent the last four years at GWUOHS, I have never once looked back.

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Review: Reader’s Digest

A magazine for all

Emma D., journalist

“I just don’t have enough time.” Many of us love to cuddle up with a good book for an hour or two, but at the same time, we have busy lives that prevent us from finding the time to read. This was a dilemma that I faced, as well. As a high schooler, my days are filled with schoolwork, studying, and extracurriculars. I have always loved books since I was a child, and it saddens me that nowadays, I do not have the time to dive deep into long stories like I used to. Last fall, I was browsing Barnes and Noble with my mom, when I noticed a little magazine called Reader’s Digest. I picked it up and asked my mom if she had ever heard of this publication. In fact, she had! She used to read it quite a lot when she first came to America, and she highly recommended it to me. That day, I bought the November issue of Reader’s Digest magazine, and I became hooked. I quickly subscribed, and today, Reader’s Digest has become one of my favorite sources of personal reading. 

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The Power of Music

Emma D., journalist

“Without music, life would be a blank to me,” Jane Austen once said. Music has been a part of our lives since our early ancestors first walked the Earth (Greenberg). In fact, some people believe that music developed even before language (Greenberg)! Our ancestors clapped their hands and banged stones and sticks together (Frontiers). From there, a whole range of different types and styles of music developed, including, but not limited to, classical, opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and rock. While these genres all seem radically different from one another, they are united by one fact: they are all a form of music, and music has the power to affect us all throughout our lives. 

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Student Guide to College Admissions

Emma D., journalist

What are some of your top goals in life? Many of you are probably saying that getting into college is one of them. However, getting into college is more than just filling out and sending in applications. Below, I have compiled a list of five things you can do throughout high school to give yourself a great chance of pursuing higher education at the colleges you love.

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Climate Crisis: The Ocean

Emma D., journalist

According to “Climate Change and the Ocean”, “over 90% of the heat” produced by climate change has been consumed by the ocean. This is an alarming statistic. From the industrial revolution to today, Earth’s population has continued to rise, and more people means more fossil fuel burning and energy usage (Smithsonian Ocean). Sediment cores from the deep ocean have determined that human activity is the primary cause of climate change; more specifically, the greenhouse effect (Smithsonian Ocean). Through this effect, gases, most notably carbon dioxide, have been released into the atmosphere in record numbers (Smithsonian Ocean). These gases have absorbed heat from the Sun, and in turn, have gradually warmed the Earth (Smithsonian Ocean). The ocean, which is home to 96.5% of Earth’s water, is literally taking the heat (“How Much Water…”).

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Lady Liberty

Emma D., journalist

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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