El Estoque

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Emily Xia

March 13, 2019

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 ...

Coming out of my shell: Awkward Advice

Coming out of my shell: Awkward Advice

Emily Xia

February 6, 2019

“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...

Coming out of my shell: Forgiving Failures

Coming out of my shell: Forgiving Failures

Emily Xia

November 21, 2018

look at the clock. 2:35 a.m. How could I let this happen again? It seems like every morning I tell myself that I can sleep earlier and get more work done, but I get home, procrastinate and suddenly it’s 2:00 a.m., and I still have two classes’ worth of homework to do. When I was in elem...

Coming out of my shell: Cautious choices

Coming out of my shell: Cautious choices

Emily Xia

October 25, 2018

ast Thursday, I was faced with a dilemma. I was sitting on my couch, ready to nestle in for a good nap, when my mom told me that we would be eating out for dinner. Disappointed at being forced out of my precious sleep time, I was then asked the dreaded question: “Where do you want to go to eat?...

Coming out of my shell: tortoise troubles

Coming out of my shell: tortoise troubles

Emily Xia

September 27, 2018

f I had to compare myself to an animal, I would be a tortoise. To be completely honest, admitting that is quite embarrassing, as tortoises aren’t exactly the most celebrated role models of the animal kingdom. But I’ve found it to be true — not in the sense that I move slowly (although this ...