Regan Mading

Regan Mading

Regan Mading is a junior at the Orange County School of the Arts. She enjoys writing and social justice work. Her pieces have been published and featured in the New York Times,  LA Times High School Insider and Women In Politics Magazine. Her blog What She Really covers topics of fashion and feminism. In her free time Regan has been working on the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and cuddling up with Indiana, her attack dog.
Opinion: The truth about the filibuster

Opinion: The truth about the filibuster

Filibuster is a buzzword. One that people, including myself, throw around without learning the meaning of. The filibuster is a process used in the senate to delay a bill getting passed, or prohibit it from getting passed entirely. Filibustering is essentially...

Opinion: Reading for mental health

Opinion: Reading for mental health

From the required 15 minutes of reading a day in elementary school to the lengthy and dense literature vaguely about the American dream assigned in later years, reading is always something that is associated in our brains with productivity and success. And although...

Opinion: OCD is not an adjective

Opinion: OCD is not an adjective

Looking back at Mental Health Awareness Month in May, mental health issues and the increasing number of people affected by them are not going anywhere. According to the National Institute of Mental Health 51.1 million adults in the U.S suffer from mental illness, with...

Opinion: The overexposure and stigma of mental illness

Opinion: The overexposure and stigma of mental illness

Insensitive comments downplaying mental health struggles fill the hallways of high schools every day. I struggle to identify a day in the past month in which I did not hear someone around me make a joke about suicide. Harmful language like "I'm gonna kill myself, LOL"...

Opinion: Changing who we listen to

Opinion: Changing who we listen to

“Use Your Privilege” to speak up about Black Lives Matter. “Use Your Privilege” to speak up about LGBTQ issues. “Use Your Privilege” to speak up about sexism. It seems as if everyone is getting told that they have to speak up about human rights issues, that they have...

Opinion: The intersection of activism and anger

Opinion: The intersection of activism and anger

This week, social media accounts titled "Exposing Trump supporters" have taken high school Instagram culture by storm. Account after account popping up, all with the same objective — exposing Trump supporters at your high school. These accounts, specifically the one...