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When People Forget COVID-19 Exists
In Forum VII - Reopening
Yae-won (Michelle) Jung
Sep 21, 2020
I definitely agree with this more than 100%. Especially with college students, they may be careful during the first few weeks and fear the idea of "breaking rules" that have been implemented due to COVID. However, as students stay on campus, I feel like some may feel more loosened away from the restrictions and start-up parties or break the rules. I think it comes a lot from the idea that people nearby them have not gotten COVID, so they believe that they can sort of loosen up their precautions and enjoy a bit more of campus life. This does not mean that I would rather have people on campus having NO SOCIAL LIFE, though. This means that people should take precautions when they hang out or study with their friends. I also wanted to share an observation of the logistics of my local college in Utah. I have seen only about 3-5% of the students on campus wearing a mask. There has been a warning to wear masks even when they are outside, but NO ONE is following that notification. I also see a ton of people going to the gym and fitness center, which is a place that COVID can spread rapidly due to the warm air and turbulent airflow. Additionally, there have been many students from that college who are comparing their COVID cases with other colleges within the state and basically showing off that they are "doing better". I find that a bit concerning because it gives off the energy of becoming laid back because their college is doing fine. In fact, all of the colleges within Utah are NOT doing fine, though. I think a lot of people within my region are forgetting that the amount of testing taking place has SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED, so we don't really know the true data.
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Demographics
In Forum IV - E-cigarettes
How is marijuana different from more commonly accepted things like alcohol or smoking?
In Forum III - Marijuana
Yae-won (Michelle) Jung
Apr 30, 2019
I think that possibly vaping could be a little bit more concerning than marijuana because vaping has been extremely popular among teenage students. The FDA had considered taking action in regulating e-cigarettes because there was a 78% increase in US teenagers using e-cigarettes. I never considered vaping a huge problem to the teenage population until I entered into my senior year of high school. Even though I am from a religious and conservative town, most everybody in my grade vapes. I would witness people in my grade vaping inside of bathrooms, at athletic games, and even on social media. It seems like many teenagers regard vaping as a sign of maturity or 'chillness'. This may be just be a Utah thing, but a lot of teenagers really want to give off the 'California' skater vibes. As a result, they think that vaping would provide them that type of image. I am not sure what the real connection is with vaping and giving off a California vibe, but vaping definitely has some major damaging impacts to our health and seeing people starting it at a young age is alarming. The Johns Hopkins Medicine has stated that nicotine is an extremely addictive substance that just makes users want more. Furthermore, nicotine has stated to be highly toxic, which increases blood pressure and then increases the risks of suffering through a heart attack. On top of nicotine, there are also unknown substances to the e-cigarette due to the diverse flavoring provided for users. If you would like to see more impacts of vaping here is the link: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/5-truths-you-need-to-know-about-vaping
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Jonghyun (SHINee) & South Korean Celebrities
In Cases of Depression
Yae-won (Michelle) Jung
Mar 31, 2019
South Korea is currently being engulfed in some corrupt and complicated issues related to the entertainment industry. The first case is Burning Sun and the second case is Jang Ja-Yeon's suicide. Jang Ja-Yeon was a South Korean actress who appeared in a famous drama called Boys Over Flowers. She had committed suicide in 2009 and investigations have concluded that her death was caused by her own depression. However, many women in South Korea have urged for a reinvestigation for Jang Ja-Yeon's real reason for her death. After reinvestigation, media and news sources have revealed that Jang Ja-Yeon had taken her life due to the sexual abuse she had experienced throughout her acting career. Jang Ja-Yeon was ordered by her agency to participate in sexual activities with VIPs in order to get benefits. The actress was forced to do things that she did not confirm to do and had taken her life because she could not handle it anymore. Ja-Yeon's case has shown the dirty and corrupt system that Korean industries do in order to create rising stars. We cannot conclude that every single celebrity goes through this corrupt system, but we can see that the entertainment industry does not care about their celebrity's mental health as they only care about how much they raise with that celebrity. For Jang Ja-Yeon, she was being treated like an object causing her to lose her quality of life and commit suicide. It is sad that the public was not aware of such corruption for almost 7 to 8 years. However, Jang Ja-Yeon's case is being reinvestigated and spurring a strong Me Too Movement in South Korea.
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The Rise of Teenage Depression in the Modern World
In Adolescent Depression
Yae-won (Michelle) Jung
Feb 01, 2019
Overall, I think Generation Z is one of the most depressed generations because those born and growing up in this generation are exposed to a competitive life. Whether it is in academics or in extra-curricular activities, parents seem push their students to get extra-tutoring or participate in extra-curricular activities at a young age. As a result, teenagers tend to hold the idea that 1st place is the only winner. Due to this competitive atmosphere, teenagers tend to compare themselves to others rather than reflecting on their own performance because they just have to be the best compared to everyone else. Furthermore, Generation Z was and is born with many opportunities and resources. For example, there are a lot of videos and articles that show teenagers how to get into an ivy league college. As a result, students start to gain confidence and ambition in going to an ivy league because they have the instructions with them. These resources are also available to parents, causing parents to push their children to follow the instructions or develop expectations for their children. However, these instructions are easier said than done, which causes frustration and low self-esteem because generation Z teenagers think, "If that person can do it, I can do it." If they cannot do it though, it causes teenagers to possibly to think they are "stupid" or "useless". There are also a lot of tutoring and consulting resources that parents apply their students to, which causes a sense of high expectations. As a result, if the teenager is not able to meet the expectation, they feel "useless" or "unimportant". Overall, Generation Z is just too competitive, which is caused by the amount of resources available to us.
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