Dear Saba: Last Day

Dear Saba: Last Day

Dear Seventh Grade Saba, Today is my last day of high school. While I drive down Coldwater Canyon for what will be one of the last times ever, dodging the familiar potholes and sliding instinctively with each sharp turn, I feel in control. On your first day of Harvard-Westlake, you approached the bus sporting your […]

Testing Trump and the term limit

Testing Trump and the term limit

The 22nd Amendment, calling for a two term presidency, has been in effect for over half a century, but under President Donald Trump, a debate about the term limit has been reintroduced. Trump has spoken at rallies, seemingly joking, about tacking on two extra years to his presidency because he was robbed of some time […]

Building beliefs

Being opinionated is usually considered to be a negative characteristic. Opinionated people can be seen as picky, dogmatic or even pompous. Despite how often it is overlooked, there is immense value in the development and defense of personal viewpoints, especially for high school students. Formulating personal beliefs is a crucial aspect of entering adulthood. Outside […]

An analysis of Affirmative Action

Last year, the Chronicle published an article called “Slipping Through the Safety Net: Students deal with lower acceptance rates at universities.” The matriculation statistics in big text were terrifying, and I recall loud, panicked discussion of our college prospects. Students seemed worried that the “Harvard-Westlake advantage” had been lost. Too often do students seem to […]

Calling out call-out culture

Calling out call-out culture

Rosetta Lee, educator and diversity consultant, made a resounding political statement in her speech to the Upper School: in addressing micro-aggressions, students ought to maintain respect for the person with whom they are engaging in dialogue. Lee’s speech came at a time of heightened political division under “call-out culture” across the American political spectrum. While […]

Where my peers became my teachers

Where my peers became my teachers

Alex hung up on me, so I called Lucas. Lucas hung up on me, so I called Kendall. “Just relax,” she said. “There’s nothing to worry about. Go to sleep.” “I’m not worried,” I said. It was Saturday afternoon of layout weekend. Our deadline was 8:30 p.m., but I wasn’t at my computer in the […]

With freedom of expression comes responsibility

Fifty years ago this week, the Supreme Court ruled that a school’s restriction of silent student protest against the Vietnam War was unconstitutional in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, licensing freedom of expression for students in the context of their schools. It is probably because of this 1969 decision to allow a […]

A case for more classroom collaboration

A case for more classroom collaboration

Every day I sit down at my desk in classes full of leaders and intellectuals, each having accomplished notable academic achievements. By the time we reach senior year, we’ve become masters of memorization, writing and analysis. That is, of course, the benefit of a Harvard-Westlake education. Upon graduation, we will all be prepared for the […]

Appreciate don’t appropriate

Appreciate don’t appropriate

Though Ariana Grande’s latest single “7 Rings” may have landed a place on Spotify’s Global Top 50 playlist, it also landed the artist in a pool of angry listeners that have accused her of culturally appropriating black culture in her lyrics. Just as we begin to forget the topic that has slowly disappeared beneath the […]

Activities List: Beyond 150 Characters

Activities List: Beyond 150 Characters

“Reporting activities can help a college better understand your life outside of the classroom,” the Common Application reads. “Your activities may include arts, athletics, clubs, employment, personal commitments, and other pursuits. Do you have any activities that you wish to report?” The dreaded “activities list” offers space for 10 activities an applicant deems important, asking […]

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