2020: Just a number

My last conversation in 2019 was with my friends. We spammed our group chat with cheers about the end of the year and lamented the difficulties of ninth grade, deciding that no matter what would happen in 2020, it had to be better than 2019. Yikes. Sure, hindsight is 2020 (literally), but there was nothing […]

Gen-Z, in the Affirmation Age

Gen-Z, in the Affirmation Age

In today’s increasingly polarized ideological world, groupthink is often preferred to any real exploration and exchange of ideas. When we only interact with like-minded people, our opinions are confirmed rather than tested. Most of Generation Z only knows “Google” as a verb and social media as omnipresent. In today’s America, our online preferences are monitored […]

Struggling with self perception

Struggling with self perception

As a half-German, half-American girl living in the United States, I’ve always felt as though I live in two separate worlds. One is the world of salmon on Christmas Eve, backyard gatherings where barbecue is conspicuously absent, the smell of wet pine needles and soccer. It is the German world, spaghettieis and dirndls and alpine […]

Making sense of censorship

Making sense of censorship

In a time when the trustworthiness of news is so critical, yet essentially every source seems to be biased, diversity in the newsroom is not just important but required. Reforms in the editorial process and diversity and equity initiatives are imperative to redirect the trajectory of the American newsroom toward something we can all be […]

Pressured Productivity

Since the pandemic began, each interaction I have with others has begun with a countless set of questions: how are you using your extra time? What new skills have you acquired? With the expectation to spend your time learning a new language, jogging and organizing your room, the media’s message is clear:  lockdown must be […]

Pollyanna Conference members discuss sexuality, gender norms

Upper school faculty members attended the third annual Pollyanna Conference at the Middle School Nov. 2. In accordance with this year’s theme, “Everybody, Everybody: Reimagining Gender and Sexual Orientation in Our Schools,” representatives from 15 schools around the country discussed diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as how to become more welcoming toward members of […]