El Estoque

Analyzing how the Course Information Fair affects students’ decisions

Robert Liu

February 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

On Feb. 1, freshmen, sophomores and juniors scrambled around campus, entering different classrooms, listening to information sessions held by teachers and asking questions. This 70-minute period is known as the annual Course Information Fair, when students can ask questions and gather information in consi...

So… what exactly is going on?

So… what exactly is going on?

Sara Entezar

February 8, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

Certainly, news comprehension has failed to take root. Prior to the ‘fake news’ era bombarding of recent years, news coherency concerns extended to the principles of news comprehension. The diction in a number of texts proves too advanced for the common reader, calling for the implementation of ...

Keeping up with the news

Keeping up with the news

Stuti Upadhyay

February 6, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Like. Share. Retweet. Hashtag. Our generation is consumed by social media and technology, constantly updated on the newest memes and hottest clothing trends. Despite the accessibility and convenience technology brings to our life, we sometimes forget to keep track of more important matters – namely,...

A Better Summer

A Better Summer

Rana Aghababazadeh and Laasya Koduru

February 6, 2019


Filed under OPINION

The beginning of the new year is a prime time for applying to summer programs. Parents frantically search the web for a program that suits their child’s, or perhaps their own, interests and ambitions, while summer programs collect excessive application fees. For many high school students, summer has go...

Making the right call

Making the right call

Brian Xu

February 6, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

A sharp, throbbing fire pulses through your arm, flowing down past the elbow and swelling at the wrist. The crowd of people fades into the background, the soccer game long forgotten as a silent scream works its way up your throat. Peering down nervously, you examine your hand, flexing your fingers back ...

Coming out of my shell: Awkward Advice

Coming out of my shell: Awkward Advice

Emily Xia

February 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

“Your time starts now.” I stood in front of a room full of eighth graders, and I was supposed to come up with an impromptu presentation about calligraphy in preparation for the AP Chinese exam I’d be taking the following year. The room was dead silent. I willed myself to speak, but words...

Working for the future

Working for the future

Brian Xu and Laasya Koduru

February 3, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Sparkling chandeliers. Lush sofas and curtains. A profitable job. A stable family. This is the life that many wish and plan for throughout the course of their lives, especially MVHS students.   In a competitive learning environment such as MVHS, students often take part in many activities ...

The myth of reverse racism

The myth of reverse racism

Claire Yang

January 27, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

“I hate white people.” The phrase has been casually littering social media platforms, and occasionally makes an appearance in everyday life. Making quirky “jokes” by generalizing white Americans has become a custom on platforms like Twitter and Instagram, where users poke fun at how white...

Should students study over break?

Should students study over break?

Collin Qian, Web Editor

January 25, 2019


Filed under OPINION

The bell rings and school is out, but it’s out longer than usual this time. You return home and take a deep breath, thinking about all the fun activities you’ll be enjoying this break, taking your time off of school to relax and hang out with friends and family.  Yet for some odd reason, you still ...

Constant Change: As I sought out self-love

Constant Change: As I sought out self-love

Oishee Misra

January 24, 2019


Filed under OPINION

hate birthdays. Okay, not all birthdays — I love other people’s — but when it comes to my own, I can’t help but associate a feeling of discomfort with them. I’m not saying I don’t love having a special day dedicated to me (it really feeds my narcissism), along with the cute texts, cards, p...

Fixating on grade updates defeats the purpose of online portals

Fixating on grade updates defeats the purpose of online portals

Flora Peng

January 23, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

Weeks after the conclusion of the first semester, students are now setting their expectant eyes toward the blessed horizon of summer vacation. Their hopes are high for a successful semester, prompted by a fresh start to the gradebook and the promise of a week-long break between every grading period. ...