Define your own success

One month into the seventh grade, I auditioned on a whim, with no prior experience, for the part of Rizzo in the fall musical, “Grease,” only to come out laughing at myself (with no role) having learned a lesson that has stuck with me since: The Harvard-Westlake community strives for excellence in every aspect of […]

Start accepting yourself

Over the years I cannot tell you how many times body image has come up in my various discussions with friends, family and peers or conversations that I’ve overheard. Whether it’s a snide “Has she gained weight?” or “I look so fat in this,” lately I have found it nearly impossible to escape the body-focused […]

Not just cheap thrills

Names like Mike Meyers, Freddy Kruger, or Jason Voorhees need no introduction. They’re iconic figures of the often-misunderstood horror movie genre. Other movie genres just give you feelings you experience daily, but it is only horror movies that can give you that unique terror feel. I’ve been sad, inspired or excited before, and it was […]

Appreciate your teachers

The last issue of the Chronicle each year includes a senior supplement, and within the supplement, senior columns. Usually, the writers either reminisce about significant aspects of their high school careers, or they nervously speculate about the uncertain future. When I found out about these columns at the end of my sophomore year, I knew […]

Growing up with Taylor Swift

Oct. 27 marked the beginning of a new era in my life, the start of my transition away from Harvard-Westlake into, well, the real world. No, I didn’t submit my application to college or receive an acceptance letter, but something more significant happened: Taylor Swift’s album “1989” came out. To be honest, at first I […]

Growing up with Taylor Swift

  27 marked the beginning of a new era in my life, the start of my transition away from Harvard-Westlake into, well, the real world. No, I didn’t submit my application to college or receive an acceptance letter, but something more significant happened: Taylor Swift’s album “1989” came out. To be honest, at first I […]

Putting tedious schoolwork into a larger perspective

Bzzt. Another mosquito adhered to my skin, preparing to give me yet another wonderful product of its nature: a big, red, itchy bug bite. I think that might have been my 20th bite that week. Even though I had been in Thailand for three weeks and had visited every year to see my family, the […]

Venturing into the big world

With college applications looming and the unavoidable anxiety to press “send” ending, I can’t help but feel nervous. While being Jewish has never posed a problem for me in the Harvard-Westlake community, anti-semitism is a prevalent issue not only in America as a whole but also in our universities. Last week, within hours of Yom […]

Rationalizing college dreams

There is too much advice in my life right now. And it’s all about college. My dean, parents, friends, other deans, admissions officers, are endless supplies of application edits, acceptance percentages, and other relevant college data. And all that data seems to have the same message: Manage your expectations and be reasonable about where you […]

Getting the bigger picture

The Dude abides. That’s probably the most important thing I learned during break, but the Dude probably doesn’t care how high he ranks on my list of summer lessons. It all started when my cousin got into film school from his local community college. His new purpose in life was movies, and by the end […]