Dear Saba: On the move

Dear Moving Day Saba, Today, I got stuck in traffic. It’s not a remarkable occurrence; this happens every day. No matter what roads I take or my destination – whether I’m sleepily cruising down Coldwater or racing along the Pacific Coast Highway – I will undeniably find myself stuck behind a roadblock or string of […]

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: The College Admissions Scandal

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: The College Admissions Scandal

When Irene* came home for spring break, she was welcomed by numerous friends joking about her parents paying her way into Stanford University. Though she had read about the recent college admissions scandal, in which federal prosecutors charged over 50 people for participating in a scheme to get the children of wealthy parents into college, […]

Dear Saba: A New Start

Dear Saba: A New Start

Dear College Freshman Saba, Today, I applied to work at my summer job for the last time. I expect several more lasts this year–my last night at home, my last stroll through the Quad–but this last feels more final. After this summer, I will no longer spend my mornings navigating the winding roads to this […]

High Stakes: The Final Lap

High Stakes: The Final Lap

The Sporty Scientist: Mary* The time for early decision results has come and gone, and Mary ’19 couldn’t be happier about it. On Dec. 13, she was admitted to Brown University’s Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), an eight-year combined baccalaureate-M.D. medical program. Although she is done with the college application process, Mary said she […]

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 […]

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