Addressing the Dress Code

By Christiana Lano. I distinctly remember my sixth grade math teacher demanding that I zip up the hoodie I was wearing over a camisole. I was eleven and did not understand what was wrong with my outfit; I saw plenty of other girls wear the same thing every day. I came to learn that it…

Life on a Deathbed

By Subah Bhatia. According to statistics by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009. We talk about drug addicts as if they’re heinous people. We talk of them killing themselves slowly, we talk ill of their…

On Suicide: Reflections Inspired by Chester Bennington

Right now I’m sitting on my bed. It is 2:02 AM on July 22nd, 2017. The lead singer of Linkin Park died two days ago, on the 20th. I’m not a huge fan of Linkin Park. My sister was a listener for a year or so, but I never took the initiative to seek out…

The Truth About #Adulting

By Madelyn Knecht. What really is Adulting? We see the hashtag on Twitter all the time, paired with random, typical responsible acts such as making dinner, paying bills, etc. #ADULTING EXPECTATIONS: maturity, clear skin, outgrow phone fear, can eat without spilling food on selfADULTING REALITY: none of the above — Cait (@PaperFury) June 19, 2017…

Accent(ed) Troubles

By Smriti Haria. In case, you haven’t guessed it, this piece is about accents. Yes, I mean accents – the very typical feature of everybody’s speech that is frequently stereotyped and mocked to elicit giggles. If you meet an Indian girl of average height speaking loudly in a multicultural accent, I assure you that she…

Surviving the AP exams : A Testimony From A 2017 Exam Taker

By Sanho Kim. It was the first week of May, during which most of Korea enjoyed its monstrous 10-day holiday. The country was celebrating the beginning of spring, as families packed their camping material and business people finally got some sleep. Our school, however, was kept open. It didn’t matter if we were supposed to…

A Learner’s Aspirations

By Anokhi. Were you ever stuck in a situation where you had to choose a career against your heart’s desire and your mind’s consent? A situation where you had to choose between a career that your parents want you to pursue though you have no interest in it at all, and a career which you…

Life Lessons from Break-up Therapy

By Audrey Turner. It’s been a rough year for my friends. Five long-term relationships that I’ve known since their inception have either ended or are coming to an end. Break-ups suck. Thinking about what they’re going through makes me feel like I’m going through five different kinds of Hell. Their break-ups make me recall my…

Choices

By Ansh Mundra. Choices. What are they? I would call them the actions we take or decisions we make at a particular moment which shape the very next moment. Our life is filled with choices. When I say ‘filled’, I mean that every single moment in our life is a choice. This does not mean…

Can You See Me?

By Madelyn Knecht. New and bright and soft All eyes stare at me They take pictures And crane their necks to see.   New to life and love, I don’t realize how— How much I love it Or even miss it now.   Two years old and I Smile toothy and proud No one minds…

What Defines You?

By Nikita S. Religion. Gender. Weight. Height. Color. Sexuality. Grades. Is this what defines you? Our world has certainly evolved from the racist misogynistic world that it was before. Yet, at the same time, it hasn’t. We weren’t in a frenzy attempting to discover ourselves. So, here we are today, trying desperately to figure out…

Social – Or Not

By Kimberlin Kubo. I’m not incredibly close to Anybody my age, Nor my skin color, Religion, or gender. Yet I’ve been taught to be a part of the herd. “The herd keeps you safe,” My elder says. “Come to church,” My mom prods. Be a part of the herd. By now the adage is within…