The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

University prestige is a crucial selling point for many parents. Why is that the case?

Much ado about prestige

Anushka De April 27, 2022
Understanding why parents place weight on the name brand of a university
A student wear a graduation cap and gown at her high school graduation. Licensed under Creative Commons

Exploring different paths after high school

Riya Ravuri, Features Editor April 10, 2022
Students and alumni describe how the unique routes they took for college changed them
Ive struggled with trying to define my own passions separately from what Im told that I should want.

What do I want?

April Wang, Staff Writer December 10, 2021

Early last year, my parents surprised me with a wonderful birthday present: a college counselor. What fun. After I put the looming and inescapable anxiety of having to actually get my life together...

As a child, I grew enamored with an executive career, but as I got older, my dreams for the future expanded far beyond a skyscraper.

Opportunity cost: The detriments of astronomical college tuition

Anushka De, Editor-in-chief November 9, 2021
It's difficult to take advantage of educational opportunities and manage the burden of higher education tuition
Letter of recommendation season is here Photo Cover. Graphic by Gavin Hung

Letter of recommendation season is here

Gavin Hung, Staff Writer September 25, 2021

With most college applications being due between November and January, many teachers have been confronted with an onslaught of requests for letters of recommendation from seniors. In order to prepare,...

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Students react to college admissions videos

Riya Ravuri and Prisha Tiwari May 21, 2021

Riya Ravuri · Reactions to Admissions Videos Sitting on her bed, scrolling through YouTube, senior Diya Menon watches college admission reaction videos, hoping to raise her spirits after her...

Robert D. Hart Learning Center at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA

The case for a non-traditional college path

Abdullah Memon May 18, 2021
Why seniors should consider alternative paths to higher education
Armond Bigler and his roommate in their dorm. Photo courtesy of Armond Bigler | Used with permission

Choosing wisely

Gavin Hung, Staff Writer May 18, 2021

Having known each other since middle school, MVHS alumni Hrushikesha Athreya ‘20 and Sreyas Dhulipala ‘20 decided to room together for their first year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign...

An oil painting of oranges done by MVHS alumnus Brett Park

Art after high school

Kripa Mayureshwar April 4, 2021
The stigma against pursuing non-STEM related paths after high school
Graphic by Diya Bahl

All in my head

Diya Bahl March 14, 2021
Confronting the overwhelming thoughts of applying to college
2021 AP exams

2021 AP exams

Tanish Mendki January 23, 2021
Exploring the uncertainty regarding AP tests this year and its implications for MVHS students and staff
Running towards recruitment

Running towards recruitment

Ritu Atreyas and Neysa Singh December 4, 2020
Reflecting on senior Rohun Agrawal’s cross country journey
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