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.

Biden Anticipates 160 Million Americans Vaccinated by End of Week

Although the United States did not reach President Biden’s vaccination goal set for the Fourth of July, Biden announced that the country is predicted to have 160 million completely vaccinated Americans by the end of this week. As reported by CNN and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 67% of adults in the US currently have one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. More than 157 million Americans are fully vaccinated.

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Olly’s Hair, Nail, and Skin Vitamins Actually Work

One of my favorite ways to waste time is perusing Vogue’s Beauty Secrets videos on YouTube. Rising pop star Olivia Rodrigo recently shared her go-to products and daily routine, and she did not disappoint. Not only did she introduce me to Glossier’s three-in-one lip product Ultralip, but she also advertised Olly’s Undeniable Beauty vitamins.

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Why ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Is Better Than ‘The Bachelorette’

After a brief hiatus following the conclusion of Matt James’ season of ‘The Bachelor,’ ‘The Bachelorette’ has finally started airing. This season features Bachelorette Katie Thurston, a 30-year-old woman from Seattle who is looking to meet the love of her life. While the season has been entertaining thus far — and is there anyone sweeter than Michael?! — I can’t help but count down the days until ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ premieres in August.

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Kiera Cass Releases Second Book in ‘The Betrothed’ Series, ‘The Betrayed’

Kiera Cass, bestselling author of ‘The Selection’ series, has released the second and final installment in her ‘The Betrothed’ series. ‘The Betrothed’ takes place in the fictional realm of Coroa, where a young noble woman, Hollis, fights to secure the hand of the king — only to realize her feelings for another.

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Already Missing ‘The Bold Type?’ Watch ‘Good Trouble’ on Hulu

Hit Freeform show ‘The Bold Type’ airs its final episode on June 30th, and many fans are devastated. I personally did not know what to do with myself upon hearing that ‘The Bold Type’ would come to an end this summer after falling in love with characters Jane, Sutton, Kat, and their journey at Scarlet Magazine. However, after hours of browsing Netflix and Hulu, I discovered another show with strong female friendships and an interest in examining current news: Freeform’s ‘Good Trouble.’

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Simple Yet Stunning: Meet Kosas LipFuel

I love on-the-go makeup products, mascaras and lip balms that I can easily apply in my car or a restaurant bathroom to quickly refresh my look. In summer weather, it is particularly useful to have products that are light, natural, and do not melt in the heat. I recently discovered Kosas LipFuel, which is a tinted lip balm product.

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The Return of the Claw Clip

Several 90s trends have made comebacks in 2021, one of which is the claw clip. I was absolutely thrilled when I saw the claw clip reemerge on my Instagram and Tik Tok a few months ago, as these statement clips are the perfect tool for an easy updo. Claw clips are elegant, yet effortless: perfect for summer especially in hot, humid weather.

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Folklore Vs. Evermore: Which 2020 Taylor Swift Album is Better?

Taylor Swift released two masterpieces in 2020: sister folk-pop albums ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore.’ While both are spectacular, I believe that ‘Folklore’ is ultimately a stronger album on the whole. I love ‘Folklore’ because Swift sticks to one genre and music style throughout all seventeen songs (including bonus track ‘The Lakes’) in a way that does not feel dull or overdone.

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Why Results from NYC’s Mayoral Race Won’t Be Instant

New York City has implemented a ranked-choice voting system for its mayoral primary race. This new system has voters rank their top five choices in order of preference, rather than simply picking their first choice. With the ranked-choice voting system, the city will not need to have a separate runoff election in the 13-person Democratic primary.

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Goodbye Dainty Jewelry, Hello Chunky Rings for Summer ’21

Chunky rings are on the rise! This fashion trend is one of the latest to take over Instagram, with celebrities such as Dua Lipa, Emma Chamberlain, and Bella Hadid wearing large, colorful rings in their recent posts. The best part? Even the designer versions sported by celebrities are under $100.

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Instagram Now Allows Users to Hide Like Counts

Instagram has rolled out a new feature which allows users to decide whether their like counts are visible to their followers. Instagram has now officially decided to keep this feature in order to reduce social pressure on the app — particularly for teenagers and younger users whose mental health may be severely impacted by social media.

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5 Reasons Why Disney’s ‘Cruella’ Should Become a Musical

Over the weekend, I watched Cruella, one of the latest additions to Disney’s streaming platform. The film blew me away; it was witty, dark, funny, and perfectly cast. After all, can it get any better than starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson?

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