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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...

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 ...

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