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 […]

Dear Saba: My First Vote

Dear Saba: My First Vote

Dear “Naïve” Saba, Today, I voted for the first time. In the rush of finishing (well, let’s be honest, beginning and finishing) my early college applications in the days leading up to end of October, I had all but forgotten that another huge milestone was quickly approaching: my first vote. So, less than a week […]

Dear Saba: First Day

Dear Saba: First Day

Dear Kindergarten Saba, Today is my last first day of high school. My brother and his friend are sitting in the backseat of my impossibly small car, laughing about the videos they’re watching on their iPhones. It’s been at least two years since they’ve been taller than me; as we stroll into the school, it […]

Recognizing our heroic struggles

“Avengers: Infinity War” Spoiler: Superheroes are real people too. The end of my junior year was dominated by two things: cramming inefficiently for APs and subject tests and eagerly anticipating the release of superhero movies. Everybody loves superhero movies. Comic book geeks, professional critics and high school students all flock to the theaters when the […]

Sorry, not sorry

Being the diligent reporter that I was, my ninth-grade self was running late to my interview. Trotting down the steps that led to the Marshall Pool, chastising myself for losing track of time yet again, I stumbled in front of a closed gate. I grimaced as I gently opened the door to the tennis court, […]

Slow and steady wins the race

Slow and steady wins the race

I guess you could say that it started with a song. Like every summer hit it made its way onto the airwaves in late May and had taken the radios by storm within a few weeks. Naturally, by the time summer officially rolled around, my friends and I were absolutely sick of – yet hooked […]

Calling a ban on indifference

Calling a ban on indifference

When my parents moved to the United States after graduating from high school forever ago, they never expected to not be able to visit their first home. My mom made the conscious decision to move here at 17, amid the turmoil of the Iran-Iraq war. My dad moved here before the Iranian Revolution to go […]