May Ruiz

July College Search Guide
Education

July College Search Guide

The Road to College By May S. Ruiz Your children have been going through the greatest upheaval in their young lives. The coronavirus crisis has affected all of us in ways we’ve never before experienced. Among the biggest challenges for the adults in our household are concerns about our well-being, both physical and mental, and…

The Gap Year Option for Everyone
Education

The Gap Year Option for Everyone

Until a few short years ago, the gap year was a British tradition – when a high school graduate spends a year before going off to college to pursue an interest or to work on a humanitarian project in another part of the world – we in America had only heard or read about. Then,…

The Generation that will Change the World
Education

The Generation that will Change the World

By May S. Ruiz  The high school class 2020 is a generation whose lives have been upended by the global pandemic. While it can be argued that being asked to stay home as we wage a war against a disease is a far cry from having to fight a war on the battlefields as the…

June College Search Guide
Education

June College Search Guide

The road to college By May S. Ruiz Seniors are about to have their virtual graduation or have recently done so. Having spent the last semester of their high school sheltering in place, these teenagers have been looking forward to the loosening of the lockdown orders so they can finally get out of the house….

Sending Off the Class of 2020
Education

Sending Off the Class of 2020

By May S. Ruiz It’s graduation time for high school seniors across America – the culmination of four years of frenetic juggling of school and extra-curricular activities, finishing homework and long-overdue essays, and preparing for the vortex called college admissions. Graduation is a rite-of-passage for teenagers everywhere.         But the coronavirus pandemic deprived the class…

A Noise Within Goes Virtual
Arts & Entertainment

A Noise Within Goes Virtual

By May S. Ruiz The unprecedented stay-at-home orders that were put in place mid-March following the coronavirus outbreak caused a closure of all businesses deemed non-essential. Venues where people usually gather, like theatres, had to shut down practically overnight; events were cancelled and performances were rescheduled.  For A Noise Within (ANW), however, the show goes…

May College Search Guide
Education

May College Search Guide

The road to college By May S. Ruiz The last few weeks of the school year is usually an exciting time for students. Freshmen are looking forward to their last month, relieved that they are almost done with 9th grade. Meanwhile, it is a bittersweet time for seniors as they anticipate the end of their…

Pasadena Schools Embrace Remote Learning
Education

Pasadena Schools Embrace Remote Learning

By May S. Ruiz In the midst of health concerns caused by the coronavirus outbreak, safe distancing has been implemented. Schools closed to ensure the safety of students and to help curb the spread of the disease. I set out to determine if there is a system in place to handle this sudden change and…

Monrovia Schools Adopt Distance Learning
Education

Monrovia Schools Adopt Distance Learning

By May S. Ruiz On March 13 this year, more than 12,000 public and private K-12 schools in California announced closures to keep children and teachers safe after the coronavirus outbreak. They sent students home for an extended spring break while school administrators and teachers scrambled to put together a curriculum and system for distance…

April College Search Guide
Education

April College Search Guide

The road to college By May S. Ruiz This time last year, what we were all talking about was the college bribing scandal that rocked the country’s educational system. Today our concern is the COVID-19 outbreak, which has wreaked havoc in everyone’s life. Suddenly, the world we knew very well has been turned into something…

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