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Fantasy vs. Reality

Books that I've read throughout my childhood. Photo by Sophia Chen
How my romanticization of book characters led me to set unrealistic expectations
January 8, 2021
How my romanticization of book characters led me to set unrealistic expectations

A throwback to childhood trends

Graphic by Sophia Chen
Students reminisce on nostalgic toys and trends from their childhood from the past two decades
October 30, 2020
Students reminisce on nostalgic toys and trends from their childhood from the past two decades

How movies instill stereotypical ideas in the younger generations

How movies instill stereotypical ideas in the younger generations
January 7, 2020

Peter Pan. Dumbo. Snow White. Tom and Jerry. We’ve grown up watching these films — cheering on as Peter Pan and his cohort of Lost Boys battled Captain Hook, and sighing in defeat when Snow White bit...

The Damage Done

The Damage Done
Students and staff share their personal experiences being disciplined as a child
October 25, 2019
Students and staff share their personal experiences being disciplined as a child

Holding onto my childhood passion

Holding onto my childhood passion
October 24, 2019

hat began as an ambitious attempt to one-up an academically-outstanding classmate in kindergarten transformed into my ultimate passion. The piano and I go way back; I remember how I raced to my Taiwanese...

Childhood: An exploration of our past

Childhood: An exploration of our past
A collection of stories reminiscing about our childhood and how it impacts our future
October 23, 2019
A collection of stories reminiscing about our childhood and how it impacts our future

Gotta catch ’em all

Pokémon HearGold was the first Pokémon game I played on the DSi.
I reflect on my long-lasting love for the Pokémon franchise
October 23, 2019
I reflect on my long-lasting love for the Pokémon franchise

El Estoque’s childhood music picks

El Estoque's childhood music picks
Looking at El Estoque's favorite childhood music
October 17, 2019

There are many things that enriched our childhood, from toy cars to jump ropes. And while we have outgrown these childhood staples, music has always accompanied us. Here are El Estoque’s favorite childhood...

Teachers being pushed out of the comfort zone

Physics and chemistry teacher Julie Choi poses at her graduation ceremony.
Teachers share how they overcame their reserved personalities
September 26, 2019
Teachers share how they overcame their reserved personalities

The trampoline girls

The trampoline girls
Reflecting on a summer friendship and the life lessons it taught me
February 8, 2019

Okay, look. I was only in it for the trampoline. At first.   The entire spring of 2010, my sister, neighbor and I had enviously watched the girls across the street jump on their trampoline....

Greater than, less than

Greater than, less than
Understanding our role in the miscellany of life
October 24, 2018

Growing up, our parents tell us that we are among the best of the best — as humans, nothing can hinder our progress because we are clearly meant to rule the world. As children, we have the brightest...

Last Letters: Oh, the things you’ll never outgrow

Last Letters: Oh, the things you'll never outgrow
May 31, 2017

hen I am two months old, you decide to leave me — your youngest daughter — who, despite having only seen the world for 76 days, is already wrought weary by its hyperbolic wideness separating her from...

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