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How COVID has affected the college application process

November 3, 2020

  photo courtesy of Dan Dimmock   As the school year started, myself, along with the rest of my fellow seniors, likely had or just began the process of applying to our universities....

The Electoral College is flawed and outdated

The Electoral College is flawed and outdated
It needs to be replaced
November 2, 2020

The Electoral College mechanism has been in practice since the inception of the United States; however, it has not lacked its critics over the years. With the 2020 election upon us, it is more pressing...

Projections for the Upcoming Election

November 1, 2020

An election can simply alter the way America runs in the future. That’s why it’s so crucial that you vote. It’s not just a win or lose situation with no strings attached, it affects each and every...

Capitalism and Socialism

October 20, 2020

We’ve all heard of capitalism and socialism, but do we even know what those words mean? After asking a marketing major what capitalism and socialism were, and hearing that her answer was “how should...

The problem with the rising popularity of thrifting

How thrift shopping in poorer communities can lead to gentrification
October 20, 2020

Over the past few years, the popularity of thrift stores has increased more than ever: with people all over the country looking for cheap deals, unique clothing pieces, and a more eco-friendly way...

How Covid has killed the movie theatre

October 20, 2020

And why that's potentially a good thing. There is perhaps no industry that has suffered more from the coronavirus pandemic than that of the movie theatre. As an industry that already has very narrow...

It’s just as important

The charity Sitch and why students at Oakton should become more involved
October 15, 2020

Despite the ongoing pandemic, charity organizations across the world are still working to help those in need. On October 29th, the National Charity League is celebrating National Cat Day by encouraging...

COVID and college admissions

Photo courtesy of Ben Mullins
The rise in test-optional policies in response to coronavirus
October 8, 2020

A common challenge, among many others, for many high school students right now across the country is standardized testing. As seen in the spring, the College Board’s AP exams took place virtually with...

Donald Trump’s failure to create a nationwide COVID-19 plan

How the patchwork pandemic affects us over six months into quarantine
October 8, 2020

Within the past few weeks, the United States has surpassed over 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. That is 200,000 innocent lives, who obtained a virus that could’ve been easily preventable. Other countries...

How to handle the seven hour school day

Photo Courtesy of Sharon McCutcheon
There are ways to balance classwork with homework, and nerves with social interaction.
October 8, 2020

The seven hour school day has long been the subject of debate, and prior to COVID-19 we had probably exhausted the arguments on both sides. But we find ourselves in new waters this year, and the question...

Distance Learning: The Effect on Students’ Health

Photo courtesy of KC Flynn
How Online Learning is Bad for Students
October 7, 2020

As the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, schools and teachers have had to adjust their courses and extracurricular activities to comply with distance learning guidelines. This means...

Is Amy Coney Barrett the right choice for office?

We don't need another far-right point of view in office
October 7, 2020

Trump announced his nomination for the next Supreme Court Justice to be Amy Coney Barrett following the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett has a far-right conservative outlook, which raises concern...

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Meet the Staff
Serena Hirani
Staff Writer

Hi i'm Serena! I am a sophomore and this is my first year as a staff writer for the Oakton Outlook. I like to write news and opinion pieces. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling and photography, and hanging...

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Emma Dennis
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Hi, I'm Emma. This is my first year in journalism and I'm so excited to begin writing. This is also my first year at Oakton, I'm a freshman! I'm looking forward to contributing to The Oakton Outlook.

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