An Ode to the grind

An Ode to the grind

First things first, let’s clarify exactly what the phenomenon known as “the grind” is. Whether you acknowledge it or not, you’ve all experienced it. For some, it begins at 2:35 p.m. with the exception of Mondays, when it begins at 3:10 p.m. For those who play a sport, the grind typically begins around 6 p.m. […]

Small fish in a big pond

Small fish in a big pond

The phone rang. I answered, not expecting much, but when I hung up, I became a future Harvard-Westlake student. I was in the sixth grade at the time, and I didn’t really consider the ramifications of my acceptance into one of the most prestigious prep schools. My middle school ended in eighth grade and leaving […]