Deans implement new college planning software

In order to improve the college search process, the upper school deans introduced College Kickstart, a software for college planning and career assessment. The Class of 2020 will be the first class to utilize the program, Upper School Dean Celso Cardenas said. “[The deans] have been talking about College Kickstart for probably over two years,” […]

An open letter to our parents

An open letter to our parents

Dear Parents, Last year, middle and upper school students took a survey about their experiences at Harvard-Westlake. The results are in, and we feel compelled to share them with you. Students who felt that they failed to meet their parents expectations suffered –– they got less sleep, enjoyed academics less and were more likely to […]

Don’t run away from rejection

Don’t run away from rejection

There is an extreme vulnerability that comes with the college process. We are asked to write about our innermost dreams, reflecting on and analyzing our own identities, who we are and who we want to be. We meticulously attempt to fill out sections that have been pre-determined to be of the most value: our community […]

Senioritis: don’t let it catch you

Senioritis: don’t let it catch you

Senioritis, noun. An illness afflicting second semester seniors that renders them incapable of completing their work or engaging in their classes as usual. Our school seems to have a particularly dramatic strain of it spreading around. Jan. 18 is a time many seniors seem to have mentally designated as a time of mass relief. The […]

High Stakes: The Waiting Game

High Stakes: The Waiting Game

The Sporty Scientist: Mary* Mary ’19 submitted an early decision application to a top-ranked Ivy League school as an environmental science major. She will receive her application decision in mid-December. For Mary, that date couldn’t come soon enough. “I kind of just want Dec. 15 to happen so that I know, [whether it’s] reject or […]

High Stakes: The Race Begins

High Stakes: The Race Begins

The Sporty Scientist: Mary* As a varsity athlete, Mary ’19 devotes the majority of her time toward after school practices and weekend tournaments. But even though her extracurricular options were limited by her commitment to athletics, her academic interests were not: she soon discovered a passion for science, especially environmental science. Mary thinks her long-term […]

Crossing the Finish Line: Players get Early Decision results

Crossing the Finish Line: Players get Early Decision results

Early Decision results were released mid-December for our portfolio and athletic applicants, Audrey* and Nate*, leaving them with decisions in their hands. However, our service and audition applicants, Jenna* and Christopher*, had to wait a bit longer to know their fates. The Portfolio Applicant: Audrey With a smile on her face, Audrey breathed a sigh […]

Thoughts on the safe spaces movement

It would appear actions taken on college campuses designed to protect students who feel personally harassed or are in immediate emotional danger would be a grand idea. However, what if I told you that the people who are spewing hatred are the students who physically attack and verbally abuse invited speakers attempting to exercise their […]

Culture Shock: Discussing rape culture on college campuses

Culture Shock: Discussing rape culture on college campuses

Staring into her bathroom mirror, Tiana Coles ‘16 carefully applied mascara while humming the tune of “Supermodel” by SZA. Getting ready to go to a fraternity party, she left her dorm and began her walk toward frat row. Coles was struck by the darkness and the quiet of the night, which brought on a sudden […]

High Stakes: The deadline wildcard

High Stakes: The deadline wildcard

The infamous Nov. 1 deadline has come and gone for Early Decision and Early Action college applicants. For most students, juggling their applications with the workload of senior year was a struggle, and for many, hitting “submit” was a relief. They will now wait until December to receive early application decisions and potentially start working […]

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