Before I was aware of the gender wage gap, I thought – as any rational person would – that employees would be paid the same for their same quality of work regardless of gender. But alas, this is not the case. The reality is, at least for a few years, the gender pay gap is here to stay. So that invites the question: as a young woman looking to enter the workforce in a few years, what should I do about the gender pay gap?
Category: Havannah Tran
Upon entering high school, I was under the impression that my life would resemble that of Marissa Cooper from The OC, coming home past my curfew because I was out with a cute boy or getting into some shenanigans with my best gal pals. If we ignore the blatant reality that I was not a wealthy, blonde teenager (who was obviously at least 25), my high school experience was still vastly different from the one depicted on the television programs I watched. In retrospect, I believe my high school experience more closely resembles Olivia Pope's narrative on Scandal; I was constantly under pressure to appear perfect.
If I had a dime for all the times someone questioned why I decided to study English, I'd probably have enough money to put me through law school. Jokes aside, I honestly can see where the confusion lies. My high school academic record reads like it belongs to a poster child pre-med student: 12 advanced placement courses including two years of calculus, an introductory statistics course, advanced biology, and physics. On top of all that, I attended one of the best STEM high schools in the nation, which, not incidentally, is also home to the best high school computer science program in the world.
Being a high school senior is tough. With the competitive nature of college admissions these days, balancing academics, extracurricular activities, family commitments, and applications is truly a feat. While high school counselors are at their disposal during the crucial months of October through December, seniors are tirelessly scouring college confidential forums, messaging alumni, and hacking into college admissions databases simply because they aren't getting the information they want and need. So here's the million-dollar question: What questions do 12th graders have that aren't being answered by the school counseling department?