Oakton Outlook

Perfectionism and the impossibility of creating liberally

Ashleigh Tain, Editor-in-Chief

October 10, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Opinion

Perfection, in its exterior, is a beautiful thing. It is effortless yet diligent. It manifests products that are pristine and aesthetic. It breeds a notion of attentiveness and creativity. In its interior, it is constant and stubborn. It is controlling and pungent. It fills your senses with chronic ...

What it means to be a sociopath

What it means to be a sociopath

Sally Park, Staff Writer

October 9, 2018


Filed under InDepth

On September 16, Shane Dawson, a popular Youtuber with almost 18 million subscribers, released a new documentary series featuring Jake Paul, a controversial Youtuber. This documentary series revolved around the possibility that Jake Paul may be a sociopath due to a series of past problematic events whic...

Should race affect your college application?

Samuel Walters, Guest Writer

June 5, 2018


Filed under InDepth, News

Affirmative Action laws that give an advantage to minority races in the workplace or at school have been around for decades. Although it is deemed as constitutional by the Supreme Court, Affirmative Action is highly controversial, especially when it affects college admission decisions. Minority students...

What other factors influence immigrants to come to America today?

Kariann Tan, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under InDepth

Immigration has played such a huge role in shaping the world what we live in today. For many generations, it has affected the way the economy and the specific society works in significant ways. The United States would definitely not be the way it is, if the concept of foreigners setting up shop in t...

Tests: does Oakton really have it figured out?

Tests: does Oakton really have it figured out?

Courtney Te, Editorial Board

May 9, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Oakton students

   Oakton prides itself on its unique testing system that is unseen anywhere else in Fairfax county. From standardized in-class testing to group testing to take home tests, Oakton has managed to explore each option to figure out what works best for students. That being said, what are the pros and con...

Snapchat in Moderation

Snapchat in Moderation

Brendan Bellingham, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under InDepth

 Snapchat: The app that connects us all, the service that spams our notification trays daily, and the most used application on our phones. Snapchat’s integral part in not only our society but also our independent lives may seem unimpeachable at first glance but its toll on the mind is concerning ...

Summer break is almost here!

Gracie Mouzavires, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under InDepth

The end of the year is approaching and everyone is counting down the days until summer vacation. The time between spring break and summer break is a rough time for students. There is the pressure of third quarter ending and finishing all of your assignments before the deadline as well as SOL’s, AP...

In a society of stimulated youth

Ashleigh Tain, Editor-in-Chief

April 7, 2018


Filed under InDepth

In our February Print Issue, we covered the idea of stimulated youth on social media platforms and lifestyle. We connected the social implications of maturity and why our youth is considered to be lacking it. However, as these young online users are manipulating social media, the internet is plagued wit...

The tangle of gun control and mental health

Kalina Boshkovska, Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under InDepth

Lately, many have noticed how guns have caused great havoc in our nation. The recent shooting in Florida was the event that opened everyone's eyes to the the truth behind gun violence. After over 18 casualties occurring in less than three months, there have been many conversations surrounding how mental health a...

Dear politicians and lawmakers

Dear politicians and lawmakers

Sally Park, Staff Writer

March 24, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Opinion, Politics

A personal account of witnessing a shooting

How To Survive the Fourth Quarter

Amy Dai, Staff Writer

March 24, 2018


Filed under A&E, InDepth, Lifestyle, Opinion, Showcase

After months of waiting anxiously for 4th quarter to arrive, we have finally made it - through the grueling first quarter, second quarter exhaustion, sporadic snow days, and third quarter stress as well as spring break. With only one week left until the official end of third quarter and the beginning...

The Truth Behind Saint Patrick’s Day

Olivia Garrone, Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under InDepth, Web exclusive

The words “Saint Patrick’s Day” likely conjures up images of leprechauns, four leaf clovers, and pots of gold. What is this holiday about really? Most people don’t know who Saint Patrick was at all. Is there any meaning to the often overlooked day, or is it about nothing more than shamrock s...

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