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Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Emily Xia

December 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

here’s no holiday like Christmas. Sure, Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year’s all have their perks, but Christmas holds a special place in my heart. As a young child, as soon as December came around, I would be prancing in my living room listening to “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph t...

Gone for Five Years

Gone for Five Years

Collin Qian, Web Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

It was impossible for me to look at my dad without drenching my collar in tears, knowing it would be a full year until I would see him again. I endangered many trees by soaking paper towels in the car, at the check-in desk, at the airport and on the airplane itself. I was probably as annoying as the...

An Ex-perfectionist

An Ex-perfectionist

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

October 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

verything has to be perfect.”   These were often my words when I worked with others on group projects. In elementary and middle school, I was that kid — the stereotypical artistic kid designated with the job of making everything look pretty and put together. Classmates I didn’t even know the n...

Coming out of my shell: tortoise troubles

Coming out of my shell: tortoise troubles

Emily Xia

September 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

f I had to compare myself to an animal, I would be a tortoise. To be completely honest, admitting that is quite embarrassing, as tortoises aren’t exactly the most celebrated role models of the animal kingdom. But I’ve found it to be true — not in the sense that I move slowly (although this ...

B for Effort

B for Effort

Andrea Perng, News editor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

It’s astounding how much my motivation to become a Link Leader decreased when faced with the prospect of waking up early on a Wednesday to go to a single mandatory meeting. I think, at one point, I really did want to be a Link Leader. I thought it’d be fun to guide the underclassmen around thei...

Our questionable class colors

Our questionable class colors

Jennie Chen

May 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

The Class of 2018 should’ve known its high school legacy would be plagued with some rather unfortunate events the second we received hot pink as our freshman year class color. It was quite a scene on distribution day — excited, gawky freshmen clumped together and waiting “in line,” with the occasio...

An Open Letter

An Open Letter

Stuti Upadhyay

May 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

Dear Brother, Six days. Six days, and you’ll be done with tutorials, seven period days, bells, passing periods - done with high school. You’ll graduate high school and move on to college, move on to the next chapter in your life. And what does that mean for me? I’ll have my own car. I’ll b...

Ignorance is bliss

Ignorance is bliss

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

May 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

“Do you have hair?” “Did your parents force you to wear it?” “How do you take a shower with that?” These questions scratch the surface of what people ask me as someone who wears a hijab. Yes, I have hair. No, I wear this by choice. And, dude, do you really think I have this on during ev...