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Why Failure and a Growth Mindset are the Backbones of Success

Why Failure and a Growth Mindset are the Backbones of Success
October 31, 2019

“When you lose, experience is the reward.” This was the title of the Olympic Channel’s recent video featuring Olympians Usain Bolt, Cathy Freeman, Yelena Isinbaeva, and Michael Phelps.  For most...

“Skinny Shaming” Exists Too

“Skinny Shaming” Exists Too
October 9, 2019

“Do you even eat anything?” “I’m starting a diet, how do you get so thin?” “You’re so bony.” From a young age, I’ve constantly heard these phrases. It was almost as if they were thrown...

The Trash Epidemic

The Trash Epidemic
May 21, 2019

Trash is everywhere, all of the time. Recently, the amount of garbage being left around the school is unacceptable. No matter if it is yours or not, everyone needs to do their part in respecting the space...

The Anti-meritocratic System of College Admissions

The Anti-meritocratic System of College Admissions
April 18, 2019

It has been a few weeks since the US federal indictment called “Operation Varsity Blues” came down upon college-admissions consultants, several coaches, parents, and administrators, detailing the absurd...

Is Your Masculinity Toxic?

Is Your Masculinity Toxic?
March 15, 2019

Boys afraid to show any emotion that isn’t anger. Adults telling boys to “man up.” The mindset that men deserve a dominant position in society. These situations are all examples of toxic masculinity...

Insecure? You’re Not Alone

February 13, 2019

Almost everyone is self-critical in some way. From the shyest person in the back of the classroom to the star athlete, we all have some doubt about who we are. For a number of reasons, ASIJ students seem...

Gillette’s New Ad Stirs Controversy

February 5, 2019

A recent television commercial by Gillette expands on the company’s famous tagline “The Best a Man Can Get,” and it has stirred controversy. The nearly two-minute ad features boys and men from different...

The Great Book Locker Room – Library Schism

Students from grades 9 to 12 take a moment to chat or study in the library during the month of December, one of the busiest times of year for the popular location.
December 5, 2018

“So.. are you book locker room or library?” I’m quite sure that all of us know exactly what this means. Yes, I am talking about the unspoken divide between two distinct groups of students here at...

Where Is Home?

Where Is Home?
November 17, 2018

Imagine standing on a subway train, when out of your peripheral vision, you feel hundreds of eyes shifting their gaze towards you. You look up and realize that people around you have been staring at...

Why Political Discussions Are Good For Us

Why Political Discussions Are Good For Us
October 11, 2018

This year, through the various clubs that I’ve joined, I was reminded of the power that discussions and sharing opinions had to educate people. I started to think about advocating for more discussions...

Ambition

Ambition
October 11, 2018

Ambition. It’s a word that many of us at ASIJ are characterized by. Though it seems obvious that diversity in ambition is evident, we—as a community—have come to a point where we have formulated...

Why You Should Procrastinate

Why You Should Procrastinate
September 16, 2018

All too often, we’re taught that procrastination is bad. Interestingly, history contradicts this well-accepted notion. In Ancient Egypt, procrastination was considered “waiting for the right...

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