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Reflecting on the stories we carry

Reflecting on the stories we carry

Patricia Wei

August 13, 2019

I want to start off this column by saying that in some ways, I've failed. This column was supposed to be published way back in May, before I graduated, but I never made much progress past the outline stage because I struggled to find the right words to convey what I wanted to say. Funnily enough, that...

Cases of fate: failures

Cases of fate: failures

Sadhana Sarma

July 3, 2019

As my time in high school comes to a close, I am abundantly aware of the phrase “hindsight is 20/20.” For those of you who are underclassmen and feel that things are not going your way, I am here to tell you — prepare for the impending cheesiness — everything happens for a reason. Any time that a r...

Writing in a tech bubble

Writing in a tech bubble

Elena Williams

May 31, 2019

I love my phone. It connects me with my friends; it keeps me in touch with my family; it can help me reach the police in an emergency; it lets me play Tetris. Like many growing up in Silicon Valley, the people I look up to have always been members of the tech industry. My mother was one of many pa...

How early should finals be taken?

How early should finals be taken?

Hsin Yen Huang, Jonathan Ye

May 31, 2019

As the school year comes to a close, students frantically begin studying for final exams, which are typically held during the last week of school. However, in some AP classes, teachers choose to administer finals before AP testing, which usually begin on the first week of May, so that students will b...

Fitting in: my struggle with pressure in high school

Fitting in: my struggle with pressure in high school

Noela Bae

May 28, 2019

Nike’s famous slogan “Just Do It” often serves as an empowering and motivational mantra. But to me, this slogan was a phrase that fueled peer pressure throughout high school, giving my friends and family the leverage to persuade me into changing my values and behavior with the simple utterance of th...

Fear is temporary: a senior’s advice on making the most of high school

Fear is temporary: a senior’s advice on making the most of high school

Srinidhi Seshadri

May 27, 2019

August 17, 2015. My very first day of high school. I had just moved from India and was new to the area. I wondered if I would make friends, and I feared my introverted nature would prevent me from doing so. But, I wasn’t going to let that stop me from fitting in. Walking into my freshman P.E. class, I ...

My favorite F-words: friends, fashion and f*** gender norms

My favorite F-words: friends, fashion and f*** gender norms

Hatim Saifee

May 26, 2019

Navy blue t-shirt. Grey Gap jacket. Straight cut dark blue jeans. Grey sports shoes. Combed hair, messy brows. Scared of judgment, eyes staring at my bland clothes, never lifting my head. Not acquainted with anyone, too meek to speak up. This was my sophomore year: void of confidence, friends, fashion...

Don’t take every opportunity: knowing your limits

Don’t take every opportunity: knowing your limits

Michelle Lum

May 25, 2019

“Take every opportunity.” That’s something we’ve been told all our lives, and a principle that I wholeheartedly embraced as I entered high school. This resulted in me taking the most classes I could, joining as many clubs as I had available brunches and lunches and applying for any positions ...

A year after Parkland: don’t let the momentum die

A year after Parkland: don’t let the momentum die

Srinidhi Seshadri

May 15, 2019

February 2018: news of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, jolted Americans across the nation. Within a month, students across the country organized a national walkout, one that many Lynbrook students proudly and enthusiastically participated in. However, a little...

2019 Indian Elections: changing democracy

2019 Indian Elections: changing democracy

Priyanka Anand

May 3, 2019

As my school bus drove on bumpy lanes in India every morning, I often saw colorful posters endorsing low-level politicians plastered on walls and hung up on poles. Many of the posters simply wished those politicians happy birthday or were messages from the politicians wishing the local neighborhoods...

You like my nails? Gee thanks, just got them (done)!

You like my nails? Gee thanks, just got them (done)!

Hatim Saifee

May 3, 2019

As the manicurist finished shaping my nails and prepared to let them dry, I asked her for lavender nail polish. Her shocked look made me second guess the words I had just uttered. Was it acceptable for me, a boy, to want nail polish? Mumbling, I told her I was sure about my decision, and she hesit...

NASA’s cancelled all-female spacewalk: persisting gender inequality in STEM

NASA’s cancelled all-female spacewalk: persisting gender inequality in STEM

Michelle Lum

April 29, 2019

Imagine being one of the two women set to participate in the first all-female spacewalk. Then, imagine being told that only one woman would be able to go — the other would be replaced by a male astronaut. As astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain geared up for the first all-female spacewalk, set...

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