Jet lag, culture lag

By Alex McNab I was the kid who spent his recesses desperately scraping at the ground hoping to one day see a dragon or Mulan popping out of the sand. Now, with the help of the high school foreign exchange program School Year Abroad, I have finally made it to China. At least, physically I […]

Signing off on your honor

“On all my work my name affirms my honor.” This fragment of our Honor Code is often all that remains in our minds as our eyes glance their way toward the space for our signatures. The rest is, at best, vaguely recognized and then quickly dismissed as students sign their name to a promise they’ve […]

Signing off on your honor

“On all my work my name affirms my honor.” This fragment of our Honor Code is often all that remains in our minds as our eyes glance their way toward the space for our signatures. The rest is, at best, vaguely recognized and then quickly dismissed as students sign their name to a promise they’ve […]

Your plans aren't set in stone

By Tara Stone On July 21 at about 5 a.m. I was ready to go, wearing a tired smile and my favorite fleece jacket, with two heaping suitcases at my feet. My plane was bound for Ann Arbor, Mich., where I would be working at a series of internships in the arts. Although I’m a heavy […]

Everybody loves a hero

By Jack Goldfisher If you ask a comic book fanboy where Superman was born, he’ll dutifully lecture you about Krypton, Superman’s father Jor-El and the years Superman (then Kal-El) spent hurtling across space in his protective spacecraft. If you pose the same question to a sociologist, he’ll calmly explain that Superman was born out of […]

Reintegration: surprising struggle

By Ally White There is no possible way someone who wasn’t there could understand. No matter how many stories people allow you to tell, generally three or four, they cannot possibly comprehend my year abroad. That is why reintegration is so difficult; a distance is created between me and everyone I left. I desperately want […]

Global citizen

By Allana Rivera Cultural immersion, the anthem of the year, played itself boldly across glossy welcome packets and brochures: School Year Abroad, Spain. “Become part of the warm, rich Spanish culture.” Terms like “global citizen” and “language mastery” beckoned to curious students like siren-calls and tempted us with benefits that alumni claimed would resonate across […]

Plays should count as art

By Claire Goldsmith Flipping through the course catalog, I circled several electives that intrigued me, only to realize I couldn’t take any of them because I was required to take an art class. I admit I could have done it this year, but that would have meant giving up Chronicle or not fulfilling my PE […]

Forgetting the stereotype

By Alex McNab I am going to China to be a better black man. In America, I am trapped by expectations that I have to live up to. I am expected to be black. White kids tell me black is ghetto. Black is uneducated. Black is fried chicken and Kool-Aid. Black is Chris Tucker and […]

Latin: a dead but relevant language

By David Lim and Michael Rothberg Our friends take “practical” languages that they can “speak” with living people. They travel abroad to immerse themselves in living cultures. Their languages can be tools that help them connect in an ever-globalizing world. But over the years, we’re glad we’ve stuck with Latin. Of course, we’ve heard slanderous […]

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