Maybe I should have gone to Brentwood instead…

I almost went to Brentwood. Harvard-Westlake waitlisted me. I guess there was something on my application that made them think I wasn’t up to snuff, wasn’t good enough so that, now, in the week before graduation, I wonder whether it was all worth it, whether I should’ve gone to Brentwood and what was meant by […]

Fighting words

Dan* ’14 never meant to be a bully. He first started making jokes at other people’s expense as a way to get friends. Bathroom Wall, a now disabled anonymous posting function on Facebook, was most fun when he was around other people. “You’ll be with friends hanging out at your house on a Friday or […]

No more prom clichés

Prom is weird, or maybe it’s just me. I just can’t help chuckling to myself every time I see another proud Prince Charming boldly bestowing his $5 roses and $10 chocolates on another swooning teeny bopper girl, who runs up and hugs her suitor as if this is the happiest day of her week. There […]

Different sorts of love

The first time I told my girlfriend I loved her, she didn’t believe me. “How can you love me,” she asked, “when on Monday you said you didn’t even want to be in a relationship with me?” She had a point. It was only a few days prior to my declaration of love that I’d […]

Nature of Love

Juliet was only 13 when she fell in love with Romeo, and, spoiler alert, about a week later their relationship met a tragic end.  Long before and long after the Capulets and the Montagues, parents and teenagers have struggled over the nature of young love. “Romeo and Juliet was just a fling,” Shannyn Schack ’16, […]

To celebrate or not to celebrate: Kwanzaa

What is Kwanzaa? In a poll of 388 Harvard-Westlake students, 59.5 percent didn’t know. “I’m not sure if it’s just for people from Africa or African-Americans in general,” Aliyah Daniels ’14, who identifies herself as an African-American, said. “It seems like an alternative to Christmas. I guess it’s time with family and friends and food. […]

Seeking self-worth from being the most successful

Los Angeles’ weather makes me insecure because the temperature in Hawaii is 30 degrees warmer. My best friend lives in Honolulu, a city nicknamed Paradise, and because of that, I feel an irrational sense of competition with a place that I try against all reason to convince myself is worse than Los Angeles. I have […]

An unusual SAT experience

The SAT made me nostalgic. I don’t think it’s supposed to do that, but, with the time I had left at the end of the writing section, I couldn’t help but think back to the first time I took the SAT, in China. It was my ninth month in Beijing, where I had been living […]

Thanksgiving with a cultural twist

Families with recent ties to other countries and cultures celebrate Thanksgiving, the traditional American holiday, by combining the spirit of gratitude and goodwill with their own celebratory foods and traditions.   Norway There is no sweet potato pie in Norway, and, in 2005, there were only two flavors of ice cream: vanilla and Neapolitan. Considering […]

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