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Melissa Paz-Flores

Melissa Paz Flores (’22) is the Vol. 58 Opinions Editor for The Lancer. She was a Staff Writer for Vol. 57.

Unprecedented: closing reflections from the Class of 2022

by Melissa Paz-Flores (’22) | April 8, 2022 Dear Class of 2022, A word I’d use to describe our grade’s experience as a collective is unprecedented. Yes, unprecedented is making a comeback. While we have not received our High School Musical or Clueless experience, there are still small pockets of joy we can look back…

The divisive nature of Olympics doping scandals

by Melissa Paz-Flores (’22) | March 21, 2022 The Winter Olympics may have ended over three weeks ago, but the uncertainty surrounding the ethics of the event’s banned substances and doping policies lingers. This controversy reignites every four years, with a new slew of Olympians and top athletes under fire for using banned substances. The…

What affirmative action means for BIPOC scholars in the 21st century

by Melissa Paz-Flores (’22) | February 14th, 2022 “She only got into Saint Francis because she was Latina” were the hurtful words I heard from a white classmate during my middle school graduation. It didn’t hit me until years later that in the spheres of education, work, and beyond, some people brush past accomplishments or…

The San Francisco Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit: a no Gogh?

by Melissa Paz-Flores (‘22) | November 19, 2021 You’re sitting in a concrete warehouse, surrounded by projectors showing irises, starry nights, and self-portraits of Dutch impressionist Vincent van Gogh. This is the “Immersive Van Gogh Experience” in San Francisco. “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” is promoted as a “360-degree digital art experience.” Its location in…

The Met Gala: fundraiser or celebrity fashion show?

by Melissa Paz-Flores (’22) | October 11, 2021 Camp: Notes on Fashion. China: Through The Looking Glass. Man and the Horse. All of these are past themes from New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual benefit gala, popularly known as “the Met.” Established in 1948, the Met Gala was a private, invitation-only dinner at…

It’s time to “cancel” cancel culture

by Melissa Paz-Flores (’22) | May 10, 2021 Trisha Paytas. James Charles. Azealia Banks. What do these people have in common? They have all been “canceled” multiple times. To “cancel” someone is to withdraw support for or boycott celebrities and companies after they have done something controversial or derogatory. Cancel culture can generally be found…

Sleep is not for the weak: tips to improve your sleep

by Melissa Paz-Flores (’22) | March 29, 2021 Okay, let’s face it. We’ve all had those rushed moments—having to stay up until past midnight to finish an assignment. And then we say we’ll sleep in on Saturday to make up for the lost hours. When that happens, we wake up on Saturday with a raging…

COVID-19 and college admissions: how fair is the system?

by Melissa Paz-Flores (’22) | March 1, 2021 In the midst of a global health crisis and social unrest, securing that acceptance letter into your dream school may be tougher than ever before. It is becoming easier to apply to college, but consequently, harder to gain admission. Take Harvard, for example. It saw a 57%…

Virtual learning: what’s hot and what’s not

by Melissa Paz-Flores | October 5, 2020 Long gone are the days when we would wake up at 6 A.M., roll out of bed, rush to get ready for school, and leave the house before 7:30. Now, we can wake up on our own time, eat at our own convenience, and have a bit more…

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