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Olivia Perkins

Olivia Perkins, opinions editor

Hey, I’m Olivia! My pronouns are she/her and I love many things in life but a few of my favorites are my two cats, good music, and writing about concepts like self-improvement! This will be my fourth and final year here with The Oracle so I’m hoping to exit with a graceful bang. I encourage those who read my columns to have an open mindset and also reach out to me with their opinion so I can broaden my perspective! Thanks for reading!

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Finding beauty in change: giving up what is familiar

Olivia Perkins, Opinions Editor
May 19, 2023

6,530 days.  I have lived in the same house for 6,530 days. This is the steadiness in my life. I wake up, brush my teeth, walk down our 16 stairs, and step onto our bare wood floors where my feet...

The Glenview facade

The Glenview facade

Olivia Perkins, Opinions Editor
April 21, 2023

The North Shore. Home to picturesque landscapes, affluent communities, and a culture that emphasizes exclusivity and luxury, is a breeding ground for the perpetuation of self-obsessed behavior.  Glenview,...

Get space without participating in cut-off culture

Olivia Perkins, Opinions Editor
March 17, 2023

Cut-off culture. The concept in which you weed out a relationship in a fashion similar to that of cutting off your hair’s six-week-old split ends. While this seemingly cold and somewhat rash action...

Breaking the cycle: healthy relationships possible by moving beyond our pasts

Breaking the cycle: healthy relationships possible by moving beyond our pasts

Olivia Perkins, Opinions Editor
December 16, 2022

Please be advised the below article might mention trauma-related topics that include domestic abuse and violence, which could potentially be triggering. As I enter early adulthood, I have begun...

Empathy should have its boundaries

Empathy should have its boundaries

Olivia Perkins, opinions editor
November 10, 2022

One of the most significant and defining features of humanity is our capacity for empathy. We associate those we care about and their feelings with our own. We are biologically programmed to have empathy.  However,...

Living with the chains of my gender

Olivia Perkins, Opinions Editor
September 30, 2022

Seventeen years ago, my mother received the news that her firstborn child was going to be a girl. The doctor looked at the ultrasound images, determined my sex by my genitals, and concluded that my mom...

Respecting service workers is a crucial common courtesy

Respecting service workers is a crucial common courtesy

Olivia Perkins, asst.opinions editor
April 25, 2022

The biggest turn-off someone can demonstrate when eating out is tipping the server less than what they deserve for their service. Usually, the tipper follows up their lack of appreciation or...

Lets talk about menstruation

Let’s talk about menstruation

Mackenzie Bill and Olivia Perkins
March 18, 2022

Menstruation. Say it out loud. Find comfort in saying that word. Not “Aunt Flo,” “that time of the month,” or “shark week.” It’s a period. As highly-variable, healthy, and natural as periods...

Change blossoms open mindset and adaptability

Change blossoms open mindset and adaptability

Olivia Perkins, asst.opinions editor
February 11, 2022

  Change is a concept that scares me. It makes me feel powerless.  The entirety of my junior year has been teetering on the word “uncertainty,” and I feel like I have no sense of stability. The...

Remembering quality over quantity when seeking out friendships

Remembering quality over quantity when seeking out friendships

Olivia Perkins, asst. opinions editor
December 17, 2021

Quality over quantity, a phrase all of our loved ones drilled into our minds is one that I find myself referring back to. The quality of what you have will always surpass the quantity.  The pressure...

Self-development important in relationships

Self-development important in relationships

Olivia Perkins, asst.opinions editor
November 12, 2021

Dear society, we need to talk.  It’s not about me, it’s about you. I want more than what you want. You want for most people to experience a life alongside someone else, and I want something more....

In-person learning generates collaboration

In-person learning generates collaboration

Olivia Perkins, asst. opinions editor
October 1, 2021

Last year, I missed people. I missed collaborating with people. I missed when the teachers would force us to group up and create a presentation of what we had been learning for that unit.  Even if...

Academic elitism overlooks community college

Olivia Perkins, asst. news editor
May 21, 2021

I’m not good at math.  My math grade has been slipping, and it is no secret that finding the circumference of a circle will never come easy to me. In fact, nothing about math will come to me without...

Illustration by Patsy Carolan

Equity committee created to combat hate at South

Jessie Norwood and Olivia Perkins
April 23, 2021

After instances involving the use of the n-word and f-slur last year, Mark Maranto, assistant principal for student activities, and Matthew Bertke, sponsor of Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), formed...

South students share opinions on Covid-19 vaccine

Olivia Perkins, asst. news editor
February 12, 2021

With the Covid-19 vaccine being distributed to those who need it the most right now, there it is not clear when it will become available to a majority of the Glenbrook community. Students at South have...

Earth Day celebrations take on new look amid COVID-19 pandemic

Jessie Norwood and Olivia Perkins
April 25, 2020

As quarantine stretches on for people around the world, scientists are noticing the remarkable effect staying at home is having on wildlife. With more people staying in and animals coming out, Earth Day...

Teaching the youngsters: Helping middle schoolers learn a capella, seniors Ben Kalish (standing left) and Brian Destefano (standing right)    share their knowledge to make the transition into high school choir easier. The kids have an opportunity to prepare for South’s choir.

JTAC brings in middle school voices for future recruitment

Olivia Perkins and Drew Whitford
November 15, 2019

In unison, sounds of many middle schooler’s voices fill the GBS choir room where Junior Titan A Capella (JTAC) is held every Thursday. The program is bringing in new faces from the feeder schools to...

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