Richard Coca

Richard Coca

A dark horse and a work horse, Richard strives towards bettering himself and helping others on the way. He understands that perfection is a process, and one that isn't necessarily easy. On his free time, Richard enjoys volunteering to better his community and provide better opportunities to others.
Opinion: After Parkland, what’s next?

Opinion: After Parkland, what’s next?

On the issue of school shootings, as a student, I have felt that Congress has failed us ever since Sandy Hook. After every mass shooting since then, I have found myself only more disappointed at Congress’ inability to act. But in order for Congress or anybody for that...

A conversation with a 17-year-old Amateur Climatologist

A conversation with a 17-year-old Amateur Climatologist

Edgar McGregor is more than just a 17-year-old in the world, he offers hope to all of us as a self-proclaimed amateur climatologist. Unlike other environmentalists, he was first interested in exactly how climate change affected the world meteorologically but the magic...

Profile in STEM: UCLA Undergraduate Researcher Maria Gasca

Profile in STEM: UCLA Undergraduate Researcher Maria Gasca

Maria Gasca, a Xicana Conservation Ecologist from UCLA's Class of 2019, decolonizes environmentalism and STEM at any chance she gets. In a field where women compromise less than 24 percent of the workforce, Gasca offers a fresh new perspective that promises to...

Opinion: Personal Response to the State of the Union

Opinion: Personal Response to the State of the Union

On January 30, President Donald J. Trump addressed Congress in a special joint session of Congress known as the State of the Union. After watching his speech for an hour, I also viewed the official Democratic response from Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Let me start with what...

Understanding financial aid award letters

Understanding financial aid award letters

Money. Money. Money. If you are anything like me right now, that should have caught your attention. For most individuals in the college admission process,  cost can be one of the most important factors in making a smart and responsible college decision. If a college...

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome This Year

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome This Year

Do you ever find yourself asking if you're good enough? As students, nothing scares us most than being singled out as a fake, a fraud, an impostor. More often than not, you fit in, but you somehow can't feel like you do. This fear takes many forms, with you somehow...

Nature’s Role in My Life

Nature’s Role in My Life

“Who made the world? Who made the swan and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper?” -Mary Oliver Throughout history, nature has acted as a muse to all humanity from poets like Mary Oliver to transcendentalists like Emerson, as well as to preservationists like John...