Dear Saba: Call me by my name

Dear Sixth Grade Saba, Today nobody said my name. I’m used to it – the mispronunciations and wooden tongues trying to make sense of my “exotic” name, the pauses in roll call and hapless eyes searching for recognition in a crowd – so hearing my name said properly always makes me do a double take. […]

Being up when down

Being up when down

The past year was a rollercoaster of a year — the type of rollercoaster that has a life-changing up and a life-changing down, with a few loop-the-loops thrown in just to shake things up. In March 2015, I learned that my two year-long journey through the Harvard-Westlake application process had paid off; all in the […]

What it means to be black

What it means to be black

Yes, technically speaking, I am of African-American descent. But I am not black. Or at least that is what I am told. It must be because I can’t dance. Or because I can’t sing. Or maybe because I try hard in class. Or because I speak in full sentences. You see, the stereotype of the […]

Pocket Man

Pocket Man

For the past few years, I have worn cargo shorts to school almost every day. Sometimes, during the winter months, I wear cargo pa­nts. I love my cargo shorts. They have enough pockets to hold my phone, any ne­­­cessary identification and other assorted items I might need. They fit loosely around my waist, but not […]

Leave some room for error

Leave some room for error

Time and time again failure is seen as an essential stepping-stone for success. So I find it strange that we have such a high expectation for success and scarcely any room for failure. Providing a more stable safety net for students could help lessen stress this year. I really started to wonder about this when […]

Tapping Into Our Inner Child

Last year, my mom decided to try something: a Gratitude Jar. Think a swear jar, but instead, every day, you place a post-it note with something you’re grateful for. When I first heard it, I thought it was an awfully cheesy idea. It would never work. I am awful at keeping up day to day […]

Let's talk about feminism (the right way)

A part of me really wants to shrink behind Emma Watson and let her do the talking. Although the actress’ speech at the U.N. conference in January introducing the HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement for gender equality, was the most inclusive feminist message I have heard yet, even she was not immune from the sexist […]

You code like a girl

Whenever I tell people that I plan to pursue a career in technology, I always meet the same response: “Wow. You don’t seem like that kind of person.” Most people, when presented with the idea of a tech junkie, think of two kinds of people: a Silicon-Valley dweller with the latest iPhone in hand or […]

Assessing the validity of student work

We all want to win. Whether we work toward making a touchdown, getting a solid test grade or winning a film award, all of us want to come out on top. But should we sacrifice our integrity for merely a title or trophy — or for that matter, the ability to call our work our […]

New lunch period creates more problems than it solves

I can’t help the loud crunching my salad makes as I sit in Chemistry eating. Everyone turns and stares, but that is the reality of having no time in a day to eat lunch. I rush up the stairs from Chronicle to Ceramics, weighed down by my backpack and my lunchbox swinging from my wrist. […]

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