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

It’s important to differentiate between healthy venting and trauma dumping.

The toll of trauma dumping

Sarah Liu May 25, 2024
We need to recognize and set boundaries for healthy relationships
Its important to have discussions about family finances and how they’re being handled for college plans.

The ultimate college debt

Meggie Chen and Sarah Liu May 23, 2024
Understanding financial plans for college helps relieve feelings of immigrant guilt
Forgoing the forbidden fruit

Forgoing the forbidden fruit

Suhana Mahabal May 23, 2024

As children, we were told not to go for the cookie jar, not to draw on the walls and not to eat dirt. Yet we did it anyway. There’s always been something alluring about being told what not to do and...

A summer to remember

A summer to remember

Suhana Mahabal May 23, 2024

In the movies, high schoolers seem to have summers filled with picturesque trips to the beach, wild parties and skinny dipping in crystal-clear lakes. But at MVHS and other high schools across the Bay...

Monta Vista students often feel pressured by the high academic standards the school holds.

Work to the top till you drop

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury and Crystal Cheng April 12, 2024

After the class bell rings to start class, an MVHS classroom on a test day is filled with the sounds of stifled yawns, the shuffling of papers and hushed conversations.  “Did you study?”  “I...

On TikTok, one would see a rise in women in long dresses cooking meals from scratch and embodying traditional feminine roles. | Photos from @esteecwilliams (TikTok), @naraazizasmith (TikTok), @mrsarialewis (TikTok)

The rise of tradition on TikTok

Suhana Mahabal March 22, 2024

“As a woman, your top priority should be wife and motherhood,” Estee Williams said, a self-proclaimed traditional wife (better known as tradwives) on TikTok. She is one of the faces of the tradwife...

Abha Dash (12) was photographed before and after using a Snapchat beauty filter. The filter whitened not only her clothes and surroundings, but her facial features, as well.

the AIssue

Shannon Yu and Kalyani Puthenpurayil March 10, 2024

TikTok has seen a surge in the use of AI filters, whether to modify facial features or to generate seemingly realistic photos. Many companies, not just  investing in these tools, hoping to appeal to consumers.  However,...

Please be patient, student driver

Please be patient, student driver

Abha Dash and Megha Mummaneni March 6, 2024

One of the biggest milestones of being a teenager is getting a driver’s license — it’s a symbol of freedom and of finally being old enough to do something without the help of parents. However, getting...

Commonly used writing structures at MVHS actually hinder students critical thinking process.

Rigid writing

Asha Wojciechowski, Staff Writer March 3, 2024

Each year, MVHS students must take one literature course as part of their schedule. For both graduation and UC/CSU eligibility, four years of literature courses are strictly required. Consisting of writing...

Photo | Meggie Chen

The invisible gap

Meggie Chen and Michelle Zheng January 28, 2024

It’s not uncommon to hear teachers parroting the phrase “grades don’t matter, learning does” —  and while the intention is undoubtedly good, and in many ways correct, this sentiment also fails...

As we move into adulthood, a balanced integration of work and life becomes increasingly important.

Live to work? or Work to live?

Suhana Mahabal January 26, 2024

Scrolling through TikTok, one might come across a video where the first frame reads, ‘Being a full-time artist’ with a photo of a woman smiling. However, the second photo says ‘Telling people I’m...

Star-studded activism

Star-studded activism

Meggie Chen and Aidan Ruan December 9, 2023
Exploring the flawed expectation for celebrities to share political opinions
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