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Physical glowup, mental glowdown

Physical glowup, mental glowdown

Kavya Iyer

December 11, 2019

Those clear-skinned girls with a tiny waist but wide hips, sporting crop tops and distressed jeans, showcasing an effortless smile bedazzled with teeth whiter than snow. That's who I wanted to be, but I was far from it.  When I moved here from San Diego in 2015, I was absolutely ecstatic that no...

Being forced into fast fashion

Being forced into fast fashion

Ron Aich

December 11, 2019

Fashion will produce 8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. That’s 2.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide. This makes the fashion industry the world’s second-largest pollutant.  When I heard about the considerable carbon footprint caused by the fashion industry, I was sh...

My dream came true: I went to a BTS concert

Diana Xu

November 20, 2019

Section 108, row 17, seat 2. Section 108, row 17, seat 2. This repeated in my head as heartwarming, familiar music rang in my ears. People walked past me. It was all a blur. As I entered the arena, my heart soared.  It all started 40 minutes before 4 p.m. on May 7. I opened my computer. My ba...

Choosing to delay my phone and social media use for the better

Choosing to delay my phone and social media use for the better

Elliu Huang

November 10, 2019

At the beginning of class, I always see a room full of faces, dully lit up by blue screens. Saying hello to my friends proves to be a challenge because their monotonous ritual of smirking at a post, double-tapping the screen and scrolling down seems too fragile to disturb. During Kahoots, I have to partn...

Staying home for homecoming

Staying home for homecoming

Elena Williams

November 6, 2019

Class of 2021, I like you. You’ve got a lot of nice people. You’ve got a lot of my friends. You’ve got a lot of good spirit. But do I like you enough to spend hours after school poring over decorations or practicing a dance? … No. Don’t get me wrong — it’s great to see so many people...

My Own Farewell

My Own Farewell

Renee Ge

October 2, 2019

When my grandfather was in and out of the hospital for a tumor in his abdomen, my dad dropped everything to spend time with him. I would often come home from school to find out that he had bought another last-minute ticket to China. Then, we discovered that the tumor was cancerous. As soon as school en...

Politics: How young is too young?

Politics: How young is too young?

Dhriti Iyer and Diana Kohr

October 2, 2019

At the end of August 2019, the students of Meyerholz Elementary School received flyers from community members encouraging them to participate in a protest against the Homeless Navigation Center (HNC), prompting a debate over whether elementary school students should receive politically charged material....

Spider-Man: Homeless

Spider-Man: Homeless

Medha Upadhyay

October 2, 2019

When Spider-Man fans joked that the next movie in the trilogy would be “Spider-Man: Homeless,” they could not have foreseen the major custody battle that Disney and Sony would undergo over the iconic character, momentarily leaving him stranded between opposing sides. Although Marvel is a seen as a box-office gu...

Lost in Translation: Redefining what Asian American means to me

Lost in Translation: Redefining what Asian American means to me

Nicole Ong

September 10, 2019

When I was younger, my childhood Chinese teacher posed this question to the class: "Which part of China are you from?" The question was not so much where the student was from, but where in China the family was from. The other students answered with one city. Guangzhou. Shanghai. Funan. A single area...

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
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Sadhana Sarma, 1569205113:8

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...

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