Serena Zhao

About Serena Zhao

Hailing from Shenzhen, China, Xiyuan (Serena) Zhao traveled to the U.S in 2016 as a freshman to begin her career as an international student. By exploring the world from a novel perspective, she finds a passion for interacting with different ideas and plans to major in mass communication and international relations. She currently serves as the president for the FCS International Club and is a life member of CSF. Throughout high school, she also played on the varsity tennis team for two years and spent a year on the yearbook staff, all while maintaining a competitive GPA. Expanding her interests and quenching a thirst to challenge herself, Zhao attended a summer 2019 course learning public discourse and free expression at the University of Chicago. She is excited to join The Feather as a senior, determined to improve her reading, writing, and editing skills.

Senior Reflection: Serena Zhao

By |2020-05-16T16:05:58-07:00May 16th, 2020|Column, Opinions, Top 5|

Life is strange. I will never forget the afternoon when my mom asked me to study abroad in the United States. A journey filled with ups and downs and surprises and struggles awaited me when I answered “yes” without even thinking because people all say studying in the United States will be easier than Chinese schools. I used to be a stubborn and prideful person. In China, I never failed to meet the teacher’s requirements and was on top of everything among academic achievements. I, of course, had lots of leadership positions in the school.

Earth Day promotes climate change awareness, raises support through livestreams

By |2020-05-07T20:28:28-07:00April 22nd, 2020|News, Top 5|

Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day marks its 50th anniversary this year, April 22, 2020. Earth Day Network is led by board members across Finland and the United States. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 around the globe, instead of the regular community events, organizers and the network announced to conduct the first Digital Earth Day in order to protect the health and safety of volunteers and participants.

Locals gather to support homemade fabric mask protection needs

By |2020-04-09T15:54:00-07:00April 9th, 2020|Features, Home Feature 2|

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, causing over 14,820 deaths as of April 8. With personal protective equipment in short supply, healthcare professionals and the general public are considering homemade fabric masks for protection.

Media literacy develops critical thinking, writing skills

By |2020-04-07T14:04:26-07:00April 2nd, 2020|Features|

With media ranging from Tweets online, to scholarly reports in research journals, students are interacting with media regularly. Students must also learn how to compose media for them to be literate in media literacy and interpreting its significance.

Online community bridges separation amidst shelter-in-place mandate

By |2020-04-07T14:02:19-07:00March 23rd, 2020|Feature Podcast, Features|

After the global outbreak of coronavirus in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House mandated a shelter-in-place and banned any gatherings of ten or more people over 15 days, starting March 16. To contain the pandemic, the idea of social distancing and online transitioning becomes more crucial than ever for the next few months. However, the idea of working from home, adjusting to online school and social isolation is daunting to many.

Exchange students in Italy share coronavirus xenophobia, promote impartiality

By |2020-04-07T14:08:35-07:00March 10th, 2020|Feature Podcast, Features|

Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) are now spreading around the world to different countries, including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and Italy. News outlets around the globe are tracking its advance and subsequent slowdown. Reuters, among others, publishes daily numbers on new cases, coronavirus xenophobia, deaths and when and where the coronavirus has subsided. The US death toll as of March 10 is 26 and CBS News reports that several members of Congress have joined hosts of others in quarantine. The entire country of Italy, 60 million people, is now under travel restrictions and encouraged to stay home.

COLUMN: Chinese international student talks press for education

By |2020-04-07T14:11:25-07:00February 26th, 2020|Column, Opinions|

One of the main focuses of Scholastic Journalism Week is #Press4Education. The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and JEA are looking to match journalists and K-12 teachers in a nationwide effort to bring more journalism education to schools. The project provides lesson plans, presentations, and other resources to journalists who want to volunteer to share their knowledge. Besides, SPJ provided topics for making presentations, including ethics, social media, and online reporting.

Coronavirus spreads across the globe, public health threatened

By |2020-05-12T12:19:59-07:00February 21st, 2020|Features|

Since its outbreak in December 2019, more than 1000 people have died of the coronavirus in China, according to a 2020 HuffPost article. The total number of cases in mainland China stood at over 50,000, exceeding the 2003 outbreak of SARS, another coronavirus strand that infected 5,327 people in mainland China, with 349 deaths. The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. For confirmed infections in China, reported illnesses have ranged from mild sickness to severe illness and death. 

Scientist raises sleep awareness, students struggle to maintain rest pattern

By |2020-02-27T23:46:32-08:00February 5th, 2020|Features|

In 2014, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that 35 percent of Americans report their sleep quality as "poor" or "only fair." Twenty percent of Americans reported that they did not wake up feeling "refreshed" on any day of the week. Sleep requirements for infants, children and teenagers' development is undisputed. For teenagers, sleep plays a critical role in staying healthy, feeling happy, maintaining good grades and excelling in sports.