El Estoque

Coming out of my shell: Painful Partings

Coming out of my shell: Painful Partings

Emily Xia

May 24, 2019


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

’m bad at a lot of things. During first period, I tried to drink water from my open-mouthed water bottle, and  somehow managed to drip water onto my shirt, my lecture notes and my lab partner. Needless to say, he wasn’t very excited. During lunch, I attempted to eat a delicious serving of...

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Emily Xia

April 11, 2019


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

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...

Coming out of my shell: Awkward Advice

Coming out of my shell: Awkward Advice

Emily Xia

February 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

“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...

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Emily Xia

December 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

here’s no holiday like Christmas. Sure, Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year’s all have their perks, but Christmas holds a special place in my heart. As a young child, as soon as December came around, I would be prancing in my living room listening to “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph t...

Coming out of my shell: Forgiving Failures

Coming out of my shell: Forgiving Failures

Emily Xia

November 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

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


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

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


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

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 ...