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Jessica Octavio

Jessica Octavio is a junior studying microbiology with research experience in cancer, cystic fibrosis and autism. She likes writing about science, health, politics and social justice. In her free time, she enjoys going out to eat (pandemic permitting), working out and art.

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Opinion: Anti-Asian sentiment is not new in the United States

Opinion: Anti-Asian sentiment is not new in the United States

March 3, 2021

Earlier this month, an 83-year-old Filipino woman fell victim to a random violent attack while riding the trolley downtown. This incident falls within...

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The distrust among Black Americans in medicine is warranted

The distrust among Black Americans in medicine is warranted

February 9, 2021

For centuries, science and medicine have been used as weapons against Black people, serving to both justify and perpetuate institutionalized racism.  Researchers,...

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Opinion: Kamala Harris' criminal justice record could cause apprehensions for voters

Opinion: Kamala Harris’ criminal justice record could cause apprehensions for voters

September 11, 2020

On August 23, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris conducted their first joint interview as the Democratic presidential ticket for the 2020 election. Senator...

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Black transgender lives are the backbone of the queer community and still continue to experience discrimination in the United States

Black transgender lives are the backbone of the queer community and still continue to experience discrimination in the United States

June 30, 2020

Black transgender lives matter.  This Pride Month, it would be inappropriate to celebrate or educate ourselves about the LGBTQ+ community without recognizing...

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There are more factors that go into success than just being hardworking

May 5, 2020

When I was younger I had always dreamed of doing something absolutely extraordinary in my life. As I got older, the clocked ticked on and my aspirations...

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Opinion: Healthcare industry demands major reforms as its shortcomings are exposed by COVID-19

Opinion: Healthcare industry demands major reforms as its shortcomings are exposed by COVID-19

April 28, 2020

I’ve noticed that since the pandemic started, it’s been very hard for me to think about anything other than how the coronavirus has changed my life.  Our...

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Opinion: Industries will be transformed by the innovation that comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic

Opinion: Industries will be transformed by the innovation that comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic

April 20, 2020

When the rise of new, unprecedented problems meets a scarcity of time and resources: this is where innovation begins. Although the solutions to issues...

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Opinion: Asian American students deserve more support from the university

Opinion: Asian American students deserve more support from the university

April 19, 2020

On Friday, April 10, San Diego States’ Filipinx cultural organization, Andrés Benficio Samahan, was violated and harassed in a xenophobic attack during...

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Universities can do more to support lower-income students

March 30, 2020

From in-class performance to access to high-impact practices like research and study abroad experiences, having money often opens doors and provides a...

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Just a few days before SDSU shut down most campus operations, students practiced social distancing at the Starbucks in the student union. The location had about half the tables it normally would in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Opinion: Health should be our main concern, not productivity

March 24, 2020

Before the entire planet was concerned about a widespread viral pandemic, I could show up to class with a stuffy nose, headache and cough and be fine....

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Be media literate with coronavirus news

March 11, 2020

Over the last several weeks, San Diego State has been sending out emails about the coronavirus regarding its effect on study abroad programs and in-class...

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STEM fields must include more women

STEM fields must include more women

February 26, 2020

As kids, all of us share an innate fascination for the world around us: the kind that makes us eat bugs, hop in tidepools and look at the stars with wonder....

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