July 10th 2015: the day that dramatically changed the life of every young Greek Cypriot around the age of 18 for good. Around that time of the year every adolescent of the 1997 generation, was called by the government to serve in the Cypriot National Guard and fulfil his army conscription for the next 2 […]Read more "A Soldier’s Perspective of the Cypriot Military : A Conflicted Legacy"
When the 2014-2015 school year came around, I was expecting less multiple-choice questions and more debates, projects, and creativity. And what did I get? I got the same as every other year: Scantron tests and never ending lectures.Read more "Here’s Why Common Core Failed Students Like Me Last Year"
As a kid, the only true consistent part of any extracurricular I took part in (whether it was soccer or a science fair) was the blue ribbon I received at the end of it.Read more "The Problem With Today’s Blue Ribbon Mentality"
Before I could vote–before I had a voice in my own government–public policy was determining, and jeopardizing, my future. I feel that the struggle to change the course my generation is traveling in is independent of partisan politics and rests squarely upon our shoulders.Read more "What Michelle Obama Taught Me About Activism"
Everyone dreams of changing the world, but in practice, it’s rather hard to execute. Follow these three tips on how you can change the world daily in your own community!Read more "Three Easy Ways You Can Change The World"
I have lived all my life in Switzerland. Whenever I hear someone talk about it I hear how great this place is and how beautiful the nature is and how well everything is run. And it’s true, trains are on time, taxes are low and the wages are high. But something is wrong.Read more "A Swiss Perspective: How to Break Out of the Prison of Perfectionism"
My education system is failing millions of students every day. So why aren’t we changing it?Read more "I’m an American High School Student and My Education System is Broken"
I interviewed Maria in the lobby of a Boston hotel room, a few hours before we boarded a Boeing 747 to take us on a six-hour flight to London. This wasn’t exactly the standard routine.Read more "Teenagers Making A Difference: Maria Myers"
Over the past few days I’ve found myself attending my sister’s graduation ceremonies from UCLA, where exceptional students were recognized for their outstanding achievements and seemingly perfect grades.
As one student was recognized for establishing not one but two charity organizations and completing his degrees with close to perfect grades, I could hear the audience murmur in awe at his achievements yet others seemed discouraged in comparison.Read more "Why We Really Don’t Need Perfectionism"
As we laughed looking at the vintage pictures of our favorite band, an elderly man approached us. At first, my brother and I looked at each other in confusion, thinking he’d condone us for looking at the magazine or something like that. But what was about to happen was completely unexpected.Read more "(Surprising) Lessons I Learned From a Man in the Grocery Store"