The Student News Site of Lynbrook High School

the Epic

The Student News Site of Lynbrook High School

the Epic

The Student News Site of Lynbrook High School

the Epic

Social isolation let my own, unfiltered personality unfold in the comfort of my home after being stagnant for so many years.

Becoming confident in social isolation

Chelsea Lee October 11, 2021

I always remind myself, “Fake it ‘till you make it.” But I’m no actress. I’ve been fighting my introversion for years, trying to pretend that I’m an outgoing, charismatic person who is comfortable...

Although I started learning Spanish on Duolingo for fun, the daily habit has made me significantly more fluent in the language.

Exploring new languages with Duolingo

Emma Constable October 6, 2021

Five young Guatemalan girls clamored around me with sweet smiles on their faces, reaching for my hands and rushing me over to the shade under a nearby tree.  “Jugar con nosotros?” Maria asked eagerly...

Above all of these questions, a clock is ticking: as I sit here, wrestling with myself over which fruit to pick, all the fruits are rotting. I cannot stay young and unaware forever.

Searching for lost time

Renee Ge May 27, 2021

It is one of life’s greatest travesties that so much of our childhoods are spent dreaming and agonizing over what adulthood will be like. As an almost-high school graduate on the cusp of turning 18,...

With each sentence I write from here on out, I am reminded to cherish every moment, be honest with myself, and appreciate my own individuality — one Oxford comma at a time.

Bittersweet, sentimental, and indispensable: An ode to the Oxford comma

Kavya Iyer May 27, 2021

An Oxford comma is the comma used after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items. Some argue that it’s unnecessary. I strongly disagree. Each Oxford comma I write is inevitably accompanied...

Growing up, I’ve always tried to cover up my ethnic name.  It wasn’t until I began to appreciate and coincide with my Chinese culture that I began to embrace my name.

Embracing my ethnic name without shame

Anwen Huang April 21, 2021

“What’s your name?” the Starbucks employee asks. “Ann,” I say, as she hastily scribbles it onto a plastic cup.  But my name isn’t Ann, it’s Anwen. Yet I find myself assuming this identity...

I’ve watched those around me and even myself fall for the addicting world of technology, but I’ve come to the realization that by letting myself get consumed by technology I was only neglecting those around me, and ultimately I don’t need technology to build solid, meaningful relationships.

Falling into the clutches of technology

Elizabeth Park April 15, 2021

I watch as my friend’s eyes grow glazed and distant as I realize that they are no longer listening to me. I hear their empty words as they reassure me that our friendship has not changed. But something...

After finding myself drifting away from my friends from months of texting, I’ve realized that calling is a better way to stay connected.

Calling: The way to stay connected

Amy Liu January 24, 2021

I was elated. Lynbrook had just announced halfway into fourth period that schools were being shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19. I grinned at my friends, excited we would be taking our classes from...

With the mute button in a Zoom meeting, I have allowed myself to fall in the trap of hiding behind my screen and staying silent.

The mute button: A curse in disguise

Allison Hsieh December 9, 2020

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character,...

My experience as an Asian American minority had been limited by the environment I grew up in until I spent a few weeks in Tennessee for a summer program.

Popping the Silicon Valley bubble: My experience as an Asian American minority

Lillian Fu December 9, 2020

In the summer before tenth grade, I spent two weeks living in Tennessee for a creative writing program. Most of my memories of that time are pleasant: the afternoon sun dimming through the classroom windows,...

My version of happiness had been superficial and one dimensional, but I’ve come to recognize that genuine happiness can’t exist without an understanding of other emotions as well.

Positivity unmasked

Kavya Iyer November 4, 2020

I stared at myself in the mirror, ashamed of the ashy-grey tear stains on my cheeks. In the safety of the empty school bathroom, I splashed cold water on my face to erase any evidence of the smudges and...

My paranoia of leaving a carbon footprint has kept me from posting on social media.

Social media: Is it worth the risks?

Jason Shan November 4, 2020

In the age of social media, teenagers are stereotyped as heads-down, hoods-up, twiddling their thumbs over the screens in their hands. In part, this does stem from the truth — social media has consumed...

Recently, the Uyghur genocide in China, where millions of Muslims are being detained and forced to denounce their faith, has been covered extensively by various social media outlets. Although this coverage may seem positive, it falls into a gray area for me — I don’t know whether I should feel elated or concerned. 

A genocide’s a genocide, no matter the size

Lina Mezerreg October 7, 2020

Social media is extremely useful in bringing to light serious issues, especially since word of mouth is no longer viable due to the coronavirus shelter-in-place. Recently, the Uyghur genocide in China,...

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