The Black and White

My experience working at Markoff’s Haunted Forest

The entrance to Markoff's Haunted Forest, a popular destination for students looking for a scare.
November 25, 2020

I’ve always had this idealistic image of what working as an actor at Markoff's Haunted Forest would look like. To most teens in the area, Markoff’s is a Halloween tradition, but as someone who lives...

Simulating a lost year: an unbalanced quarantine life

In quarantine, it may often feel like time slips away from us.
November 17, 2020

Over the course of the summer, our daily lives stagnated and social interactions dwindled. Staying indoors slowly instilled a fear of the unpredictability that lay outside our doorsteps. This inactivity...

Hey College Board, students deserve better

Hey College Board, students deserve better
November 5, 2020

As a rising junior, the fear of standardized tests loomed over my head the entire summer. I spent most of my days completing what felt like an endless pile of practice tests and review books to prepare...

How “The Social Dilemma” changed my life

Released in January, 2020,
October 24, 2020

Social media is my gateway to a wealth of information. Every morning, my routine of scrolling through apps remains the same. I check Instagram to stay updated on any sports news from the night before,...

Love at first spike: how a simple net game helped me find normalcy during uncertain times

Spikeball provided me and my friends with a safe and fun outlet for our love of sports.
October 23, 2020

Few things are more thrilling than those decisive moments when the margin between winning and losing becomes razor thin. It’s an undeniably exhilarating experience. I encountered such a situation earlier...

Virtual learning shouldn’t mean the end of collaborative learning

Just because students learn virtually, doesn't mean they must learn without collaboration.
October 18, 2020

We’ve all been there. The painful silence of a Zoom breakout room where no one turns on their camera or microphone, leaving the room full of blank screens and awkwardness. This has been all too common...

Hey, Whitman progressives: support Joe Biden

As a progressive, it may not be easy to support Biden, but it should still be done.
October 15, 2020

Like many progressives at Whitman, I supported Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic primary. I yearn to see our country become more progressive by establishing policies such...

I’m not just checking a box, I’m acknowledging my heritage

Identity isn’t just a box to check on college applications. It’s a connection to family and culture
"I often feel fraudulent identifying as Hispanic, like I’m somehow appropriating a culture, even though it’s my heritage to claim."
September 18, 2020

When brought up in conversation, my ethnic background usually gets two different reactions: “Wait, you’re Hispanic? But you look white,” or  “You’re so lucky; it’ll be so easy for you to get...

Celebrating Ramadan virtually: how quarantine has forced new traditions

The Ilias family delivers sweets to friends for Eid in the time of a pandemic.
August 15, 2020

Eating dates and samosas with friends at the mosque. Listening to the imam’s sermon late at night. Choosing what to wear on Eid. Praying side by side with people of all different backgrounds and ages.  That’s...

Mourning during a pandemic

Mourning during a pandemic
July 2, 2020

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to suicide. I never expected I would live through a global pandemic in my lifetime, and I never expected to lose my best friend either, let...

Branching into a new hobby: The art of tree climbing

Four pine trees at Ferwood park. A storm knocked down the tree second from the left two days after I climbed it.
June 27, 2020

With Tyler the Creator’s Igor blasting through my earbuds and the orange light of the summer sunset warming my face, all my worries seemed to drift away; this was the highest I had ever been. Two days...

Why Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” matters

Why Netflix’s
June 26, 2020

As a little kid, Cinderella was my idol. One Halloween, I even dressed up as her: sparkly blue dress, tiara and all. It seems like typical behavior from a five year old immersed in Disney princess culture....

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