El Estoque

To err is human, to forgive divine

To err is human, to forgive divine

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

March 14, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

“We went to Pakistan that summer after one of your cousins passed away,” my mom said suddenly as we watched an old video she filmed of me, my brother and a couple of my cousins from 2004, the first time I visited my motherland. “Today was his birthday. He would’ve turned eighteen.”  I alre...

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Emily Xia

March 13, 2019


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

felt it as soon as I woke up. Laying in bed, I thought to myself: Ugh. My eyes are swollen again. My instincts were confirmed as I reluctantly rolled out of bed and peered into a mirror. No amount of makeup would hide it, and I could only hope that my glasses would somewhat conceal the puffiness ...

Who are today’s legends?

Who are today’s legends?

Tabitha Mendez

March 4, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

Which is better, music now or music of the past? This has always been an ongoing argument between my dad and I — especially in the car when we rush to reach for the aux cord, determining who gets to play their music for that ride. As we drive blasting Queen’s “Radio Gaga” from the car speakers, ...

The pressure behind prom

The pressure behind prom

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

March 3, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

I never thought my decision to skip Junior Prom (JP) was going to be that big of a deal. With JP right around the corner, I get asked whether or not I’m going to prom almost daily. And every time I say no, most of my friends frown at my lack of enthusiasm about the dance and list reasons why I ...

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...

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...