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Having pride in the closet

Having pride in the closet

Alara Dasdan

May 29, 2020

You don’t have to be out to show LGBTQ pride. It was an important lesson that I didn’t take to heart until I was pretty much completely out, for better or for worse. I can’t say whether my experience coming out would have been any easier had I played it safe, but I do know that it would have be...

Liberty and justice for all: standing united in the fight for equality

The bloodstains of all those who have lost their lives to the injustice of racism serve as a constant reminder of the inequality in America.

Kavya Iyer

May 28, 2020

Slavery. Prejudice. Brutality. Things of the past—supposedly.  They say slavery is a blemish upon the glorious history of America, the land of the free.  Free—what a joke.  In reality, the blemish never disappeared. It grew, larger and larger, its existence a dark smear upon our country’s nar...

College commitments during corona

College commitments during corona

Medha Upadhyay

May 27, 2020

The Class of 2020 has lost our prom, our senior game, our graduation, our picnics, our ditch day. We’ve put on a brave face and let it go. As everything around the world has ground to a halt, we are trying to make the best of a bad time. I’ve learned to enjoy the winding down of senior year with ten we...

Dear seniors: In retrospect with 2020 vision

Dear seniors: In retrospect with 2020 vision

Ashley Song

May 27, 2020

Dear Class of 2020, where do I begin? I guess there’s no better place to start than in Fall of 2016, when our Viking journey began. Scratch that, try the Summer of 2016. Our Homecoming theme was “Into the Wild,” and “Into the Wild” was right. That summer, we took our first steps into the g...

Stuck in the world of STEM

For some, the expectations that arise from living in the Bay Area are a burden, not a blessing.

Bennie Chang

May 25, 2020

Silicon Valley. With beaches to the west, mountains to the east, a bay to the north and plains to the south — not to mention the glowing summer sun that stretches for nine long months — who could ask for more? Who could possibly be dissatisfied with their lives here? Me.  A symbol of Science, Technology...

COVID dreaming: Where do we go from here?

COVID dreaming: Where do we go from here?

Nicole Ong

May 25, 2020

“This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but with a whimper.” – “The Hollow Men,” T.S. Eliot For Lynbrook students, the quote rings true. Our lives as we know it shredded to pieces with a fourth period announcement and late...

Gender equality in religion

Kavya Iyer

May 7, 2020

Religion. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism. All these different faiths, along with countless more, are united under this one word: religion. Originally created as a way to bring people together, some of the religious guidelines that followers may have to adhere to have become outdated with chang...

Tennis made me more successful

Elliu Huang

April 16, 2020

It started out as a way to get more exercise outside of PE class. Often, I would play tennis with my brother to prepare for my upcoming tennis tournaments. I did not realize the importance of tennis until after disappointing losses during tennis tournaments. Tennis not only improved my physical stren...

One door closes, but hundreds more open

Audrey Wong

April 16, 2020

Things always happen for a reason. While it might not seem so in the moment, they will help in the long run. Those were the words of wisdom from my mother that continuously resonated within me as I attempted to cope with my new circumstances.    This journey started the summer before my se...

Preserving more than just instant ramen

Ashley Song

April 14, 2020

I have a problem. Don’t be alarmed, it’s nothing life-altering or severe, and if you know me, it is probably old news. I really like instant ramen. And while I do admit it neither boasts any health benefits nor constitutes a sustainable diet, I can’t help but keep the pantry stocked.  I ...

Too late to join Instagam?

Sloka Suresh

April 3, 2020

I had always envisioned my debut on Instagram as this magical moment marking my first real introduction to all things mainstream. After all, Instagram did pave the way for popular trends like the mannequin challenge, bedazzled eyebrows and gummy hair vitamins. Yet after staring at my new account for a...

The Evolution of BTS: Fan Edition

Shamita Gurusu

April 3, 2020

When I first heard of BTS, I was not expecting much. I thought that they were simply another regular boy band, with average boy band songs in a language I could not understand. To validate my premature judgement about the band, I forced myself to sit down and listen to all of BTS’s “Skool Luv Aff...

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