El Estoque

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Emily Xia

April 11, 2019

t was the week before the eighth grade Yosemite trip. A whole week spent outdoors, rooming with best friends and living without parents. The classrooms were buzzing with anticipation. It seemed as if all anyone could talk about was the upcoming trip. I walked out of my fourth period class, talking...

We only make small talk

We only make small talk

Tyler Cho and Brian Xu

April 10, 2019

nteracting with strangers can be terrifying. We’re rarely in physical danger when meeting someone new, but our dignity is on the line. In many cases, interacting with someone new can feel like we’re following a set of procedures, progressing from one stage to the next as we gradually become m...

Engaging in intergenerational conversation: CSF volunteers at retirement home

Engaging in intergenerational conversation: CSF volunteers at retirement home

Claire Chang and Brian Xu

March 15, 2019

unior Ellie Chen draws a small rectangle on a piece of paper, labeling it “green.” She continues to draw bigger rectangles, labeling each with a different color, and hands it to the senior citizen sitting across from her. Picking up a watercolor pencil, the senior citizen begins to color. On M...