Melanie Kessinger

Melanie Kessinger

Bio: Melanie Kessinger is a third-year English major with a minor in Italian at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Melanie grew up in Marin County, California and her passions for nature and horseback riding often inspire her writing. After graduating from college, she hopes to become a teacher and inspire young children with her love of journalism and reading. Melanie also enjoys spending time with her dog, Mocha, and wandering the aisles of Barnes & Noble.

Is Athletic Recruitment in College Fair?

In recent years, colleges have become increasingly selective with their admissions. Many elite universities in the United States accept less than 10% of applicants each year. High school students need to have top-notch grades and a variety of extracurricular activities to be qualified for these “reach” schools.

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Shakespeare in School: Boring or Brilliant?

Over the course of my four years in high school English classes, I had to read many Shakespeare plays. While I knew that Shakespeare was a renowned playwright and poet, I never enjoyed reading his plays in school — I found them confusing and largely irrelevant to modern life. However, in college, after taking a class devoted to reading eight of his plays over the course of nine weeks, I completely changed my mind.

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Booster Shot is Unnecessary for Fully Vaccinated Americans

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has stated that the United States government will not advise fully vaccinated Americans to receive a booster of their coronavirus vaccine. Based on the present available data, Dr. Fauci said that a booster shot is currently unnecessary.

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NYC Restaurant Week Begins July 19

CBS New York has reported that New York City Restaurant Week is making a comeback — one that will last for over a month. Restaurant Week is back, and it will occur over the course of five weeks from July 19 to Aug. 22.

On July 12, the New York City Mayor’s Office announced on Twitter that “NYC Restaurant Week is back and this time it’s 5 weeks long! More than 500 restaurants across all 5 boroughs are participating from July 19 to August 22.”

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Does TikTok Make or Break Popular Songs?

A few months before I downloaded the TikTok app, I was driving to school with a few of my friends and ‘Make You Mine’ by PUBLIC came on the radio. Almost instantly, my friend asked to change the station because she was sick of hearing “TikTok songs.” I didn’t think much of the comment at the time, but after I downloaded the app at the beginning of the pandemic, I began to understand what she meant.

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Tokyo Olympics Will Not Have Spectators

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were rescheduled for this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, due to the fact that Tokyo has declared a state of emergency as a result of the coronavirus situation in Japan, there will now be no spectators in attendance at the Olympics. According to CNN, Seiko Hashimoto from the Japanese Olympic Committee stated that because of the pandemic, there was “no choice but to hold the games in a limited way” — despite the fact that a host city has never banned spectators from attendance in the history of the Olympics.

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Olivia Rodrigo Promotes Vaccinations with President Biden

Olivia Rodrigo, who recently released the hit songs ‘good 4 u’ and ‘driver’s license’ along with her album ‘Sour,’ plans to encourage young people to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations with President Joe Biden on Wednesday. She intends to visit the White House on July 14 in order to help promote vaccinations among younger Americans.

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Get Skincare and Makeup in One with Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant has launched a new product, O-Bloos Rosi Drops, now available for $36 at Sephora. Drunk Elephant, known for its skincare serums, face washes, and exfoliants, created this product as a peachy-pink blush that also functions as a serum.

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5 Reasons Why ‘Midi’ is the New ‘Mini’

Throughout my teenage years, I was dedicated to mini dresses. Anything that fell below the knee I deemed boring, unflattering, and out of style. However, the mid-length dress’ recent rise in popularity has led me to have a change of heart. After being gifted a gorgeous green midi dress from sustainable clothing store The Reformation, I have realized that midi dresses might be better than mini ones. Here’s why:

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Italy Triumphs in Soccer Championship

On July 11, Italy beat England in the European soccer championship that took place at London’s Wembley stadium. English player Luke Shaw scored extremely early into the game — only two minutes after kickoff, as reported by NBC News. However, Italy’s defender, Leonardo Bonucci, came out of halftime strong to even the score.

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Ten Reasons Why ‘Lord of the Rings’ is the Ultimate Movie Franchise

The scenery is unreal. Filmed in New Zealand, the landscapes featured in this trilogy are visually stunning. Although sometimes I do wonder how the hobbits managed to trek through snowy mountaintops without wearing shoes.

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College Athletes Join Barstool Sports After NCAA Announcement

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently altered its rules surrounding college athletes’ ability to receive endorsements, sponsorships, and brand deals. While previously athletes were not permitted to make money off of their identity, as of last Thursday, that has completely changed.

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