Seeing this? 285 million people cannot.  Blindness is among the most harrowing burdens- especially in developing nations, where sight is most integral to survival. Nonetheless, citizens of such countries are victimized by blindness more than anyone else (more…)


The Weekend Mirage: 5 Reasons Why Homework Should Not Be Assigned on the Weekend

The weekly cycle is always the same. Monday to Friday, you trek on through the seemingly endless desert, where homework assignments are plenty and free time is but a distant dream. On Monday, there is nothing but hot sun and dry ground. By Tuesday, you have somewhat adjusted to the harsh conditions – but survival prospects aren’t looking any brighter. On Wednesday, you catch a glimpse of something on the horizon – just a faint sparkle of hope, there and gone, but hope nonetheless. By Thursday, it’s clear that you’re approaching an oasis. With this knowledge, you start to walk with a glint in your eye and a spring in your step. When Friday arrives, paradise is just out of your reach. Filled with vigor, you start to run, diving straight into – (more…)

The Best Way to Predict the Future? Create it.




The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Why are we waiting? Waiting to see what will happen? Waiting to see how things will go?

The future isn’t set in stone. It is fluid, constantly shaped, constantly changed by a compilation of little things that have happened. Little accidents. Little decisions.

Think back to that time last Sunday when you headed to the mall to buy a present for your sister’s birthday. You missed the bus by a minute. Now you will need to wait another fifteen to catch the next one. You step into a store, just as a pair of shoes by the window catches your eye. Now you try those on, because while you’re here, you might as well. That’s another ten minutes gone. You decide not to get them; they’re really not your style. Stepping out of the store empty handed, you see an old friend pass by. Eyes meet. Smiles are exchanged. Words, from years ago, are said once again.

But how many little things needed to have occurred in order for the two of you to coincidentally cross paths? That fifteen minutes waiting for the bus? That ten minutes trying on a pair of shoes? If those two moments had not been there, you would have just missed each other? And what about this friend? How many moments in his/her life would need to have been aligned in order to see you again?

And with all this said, the future is fluid, changed by every minute and every breath. So how can we sit here, predicting something so inconsistent? Because every second that we wait, wondering what will happen next, the future realigns itself. Chances and moments slip by.

So if that’s the case, and we can’t predict the future, then why don’t we just work to create it?

– Carline H.

Student Uses Classmate’s Test Mark to Inflate Own Ego

In a school as academically rigorous as Churchill, it is no surprise that students often vie for the top mark in class. “I suspect that people who are insecure regarding their own achievements gain some sort of validation from using their peers’ achievements as a benchmark,” says Sally Young, known for politely but firmly shutting down inquiries about her grades. “ I guess I understand their behaviour, but I don’t condone it; I feel that unnecessary comparison damages self-esteem and stunts intrinsic motivation. Personally, I just want to do the best I can without letting a low mark get to my heart or letting a high mark get to my head.”

Classmate Ray Gill subscribes to a different viewpoint. “If my class percentile is below 95, how will I get into MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering, let alone John Hopkins Medical School? They’re highly competitive programs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ambitious, but I’m completely altruistic. I just want to make the world a better place.” When asked how gloating at Young upon scoring 5% higher than her on a math test made the world a better place, Gill murmured incomprehensibly. He  later denied allegations that his post-Churchill plans were fuelled in any way by prestige, income, or familial pressure.

– Areeba K.