The Students for Humanity Review

March 10, 2020

News outlets nowadays seem to have more demoralizing content than usual, which makes sense due to the global corona virus epidemic. But while I recognize the need to keep informed, I also feel like I’m going crazy, and I need some good news in my day to day life. December and March is commonly associated with flu season, and yet every time I sneeze or cough now my mom nearly faints and I fear for my life. A small yet effective way to mitigate this overwhelming and irrational sense of anxiety and impending doom is to dedicate an articles solely on positive events around the world. So, for the next weeks, only positive articles!

All over this crazy world of ours, great and heart-warming things take place. Acts and facts like these keep our hopes up and motivate us to make positive changes of...

March 2, 2020

Italians of my generation have never been asked to look out for their health because of an epidemic.  All the news talks about is Covid-19, spending hours giving opinions on issues that only doctors understand, despite even the scientific community having contrasting opinions. We are asked to be mindful of our behavior, yet it is just slightly more serious than a flu. We do not have a cure yet some drugs actually work on it. Often it is not deadly, but there is a real-time scoreboard tallying the deaths. Said fatalities are, in my opinion, also very difficult to interpret as we can never be sure all the victims died because of the coronavirus or with the virus. Universities will stay open in some regions because, in most cases it is not fatal for the young.  

But, what if you live with your...

February 25, 2020

What does growing old mean to you? Do you view it as a tragedy? Does it make you think of deep wrinkles, loss or loneliness? 

I spent two years of my life living in the United States, with my 93-year-old grandfather. We lived on a horseshoe shaped road with a view on a golf course. At night, I could always hear the rumble and screech of the train in the distance, and feel its gentle vibrations in the house, as it came running through town. In the backyard, there was a wooden bench worn smooth by age. This is where my grandfather likes to drink his iced tea and listen to Frank Sinatra on his small golden-age radio. If you listened closely, you’d probably hear him humming along to the music.

Living with my grandpa redefined my opinion of old age. While he may regularly watch the weather channe...

February 19, 2020

The number and complexity of requirements that young adults are required to fulfill when they enter the labor market have only been mounting over the years. Apart from outstanding academic performance, firms have increasingly been seeking candidates with both analytical and soft skills and a multifaced personality. Although such qualities are justifiably sought after by employees, most educational systems do not diverge from their academic goals to cultivate and develop these skills. Luckily, students have started realizing the need to detach themselves from the “conventional” notion of education that so far occurs in the form of high school, undergraduate and graduate education. With this exact realization, the concept of a Gap Year was born.

A gap year refers to a 6-12-month time period d...

February 14, 2020

L’ultimo disco di Brunori sas è uscito poco tempo fa e chi l’ha ascoltato non lo può negare: è un inno alla gentilezza nello spaccato della quotidianità.

L’emergere dell’umanità in tutti i suoi album è una immensurabile fonte di gioia e di comprensione. La bellezza della vita si esprime dalle note di euforia, all’accompagnamento dell’amore, fino alle malinconiche gocce di tristezza. Già, tristezza, anche quella. Una tristezza non superabile ma vivibile, parte stessa della vita, ricca di contraddizioni. Le vicende più personali e intime sono fuse tra ribellione, riscatto personale e quell’appoggiarsi stanco su strade già spianate. Essere giovani o invecchiare: Brunori canta le conseguenze sentimentali del rinunciare a battersi in un, più che divertente ed ironico, direi tragico mambo reazion...

February 11, 2020

She turned toward me. She cupped her hands, flipped them forward, then pointed straight at me. I blinked once, or maybe twice, trying to remember. My eyes widened, my fingers twitched, trying to decipher. How could I possibly remember so many motions and gestures? I examined her arms, hands, and fingers. It was all- important; that I knew. I watched her face for guidance. She smiled back at me, perhaps for reassurance. She’d once told me that facial expressions were just as important as the signs themselves. After all, this language did not have the benefit of countless different pitches and tones, excessively used to convey one’s enthusiasm or ennui. My mouth was dry; my arms felt stiff. I awkwardly lifted my pinky, brushed my chin with my thumb, and mouthed the word ‘thank you’ as my han...

December 10, 2019

La questione sulle pratiche di fine vita, oggi, sembra più che mai attuale nel nostro paese, dove già molte volte a causa di una paralisi legislativa - che ancora non è chiaro se attribuibile all'innegabile lentezza e macchinosità legislativa del nostro paese o più semplicemente alla paura di prendere una posizione, su un tema così delicato, da parte del nostro legislatore – è stata proprio la drammaticità di alcuni casi pratici (come il caso Englaro o caso Welby) che ha portato la giurisprudenza a riconoscere un diritto pur costituzionalmente garantito – e questo lo dimostra l’esito giuridico dei casi sopracitati -  sebbene oggi non disciplinato: il diritto a lasciarsi morire.

Pochi mesi fa la Corte Costituzionale è stata nuovamente costretta a pronunciarsi sul tema, ribadendo la necessità...

December 5, 2019

Learning how to identify, process, express emotions and coping with them as they arise in everyday life is a critical part of the development of the human mind and emotional consciousness. It can be considered as part of personal growth, it lasts a lifetime and without it our self-awareness and our ability to fully experience our lives could be restricted.

However, emotional processing can become a very conflictual path, since it is subject to society’s pressure of pushing away negative emotions and showing only positive ones.

Nevertheless, in a time when a small amount of textual characters is considered to be enough to express how someone is feeling in a precise moment, undermining emotions down to this scale should come as no surprise.

In this confusing pattern, a more serious issue signif...

December 3, 2019

L’offensiva turca contro il popolo curdo mossa nello scorso ottobre probabilmente ha scosso l’opinione pubblica meno di quanto fosse legittimo pretendere. La stessa preoccupazione che aveva afflitto il sentire comune in occasione della guerra all’ISIS e ancor prima della guerra del Golfo, in questa circostanza non ha probabilmente attecchito nelle nostre coscienze; ma le immagini delle città distrutte in Rojava, dei civili uccisi, fucilazioni in strada e donne violentate non possono essere digerite con cinica rassegnazione e silenzio. Migliaia di vite cancellate, e con ognuna di esse le loro storie, i loro sogni, le loro paure. Storie che avrebbero narrato certamente di un popolo aperto, egalitario, accogliente verso gli esuli siriani vittime del conflitto e che mai si è chinato davanti ai...

November 29, 2019

The movie “JOKER” premiered on August 31st,2019, in the Venice International Film Festival earning a standing ovation and the award of the Golden Lion for Best Film. Since then, the much-discussed movie has grossed over $852 million worldwide making it one of the most successful movies of 2019. The main character, Arthur Fleck,  a clown and aspiring stand-up comedian is struggling with everyday life and a variety of mental illnesses and eventually spirals down to the darkest places of his mind, where he finds “Joker”. Joker has murderous tendencies and creates social chaos, disregarding any form of rationale. His revengeful attitude towards society and people emits fear, unpredictability and madness.

Viewers and critics applauded Joaquin Phoenix’s acting and interpretation of the role while...

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