The Black and White

More than just happy: why toxic positivity is an invalidating mindset

More than just happy: why toxic positivity is an invalidating mindset

By Cate Navarrete and Sasha Blake April 29, 2021

Monty Python said it best: “Always look on the bright side of life.” Throughout our lives, we are taught to think positively as well as spread and breathe optimism. We are told that everything can...

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, vision boards have allowed me to lay out all types of aspirations.

What I see in vision boards

By Defne Aslan April 28, 2021

Recently, I reached the pinnacle of my high school career: I became a second-semester senior. Though I had anticipated this moment since first starting at Whitman as a freshman, I didn’t anticipate the...

In politics — as well as life itself — representation is both gratifying and necessary.

A face like our own: what Kamala Harris’ election means to me

By Iman Ilias April 25, 2021

On Inauguration Day, my family and I huddled in front of our TV, eager to witness a new administration take their rightful place in the White House. In the sea of white faces and blond hair on my screen,...

This past Lent, rather than completely stepping away from social media as I usually do, I constricted my social media use to weekends.

Allowing myself to be lenient with my pandemic-era Lenten promises

By Kendall Headley April 23, 2021

I’m going to be honest: I didn't pay much attention in my K-8 weekly Confraternity of the Christian Doctrine classes, which were priest-run lectures about Catholicism to prepare us students for our Confirmation....

It's important to embrace happiness, sadness and your love of the Jonas Brothers.

Apologies to the Jonas Brothers: It can’t be “Like It’s Christmas” every day

By Lily Freeman April 15, 2021

The uplifting holiday hit “Like It’s Christmas” by the Jonas Brothers is, in my view, the most iconic song ever produced — and that’s coming from a proud Hebrew school graduate (‘18). It’s...

End the hibernation; stay active and healthy during the pandemic

End the hibernation; stay active and healthy during the pandemic

By Jaclyn Morgan April 13, 2021

At the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic, I struggled to find ways to stay active. I felt overwhelmed with schoolwork and rarely set aside time to focus on my own wellbeing. A few months into the first...

The toxicity of the post-quarantine glow-up mindset

The toxicity of the post-quarantine glow-up mindset

By Sarah Tong April 10, 2021

Some names have been changed to protect students’ privacy. Urban Dictionary defines “glow-up” as a process that focuses on the improvement of physical appearance, individual style and overall...

Poetry has served as a source of light for me throughout a dark time in my life.

How poetry helped me cope with loss during a pandemic

By Nada Fadul April 9, 2021

During the 1940s, Harlem Renaissance artists such as Langston Hughes leveraged poetry to express the racial struggles of Black people. In the 1960s, Allen Ginsburg’s “Beat Generation” revitalized...

Playing basketball alone is one of many creative mediums that allows a person to use their imagination to the fullest extent in a world where we’re constantly told what to do.

Sparking my imagination: How playing basketball alone has helped me through a pandemic

By Quentin Corpuel April 7, 2021

“Twenty seconds to go, Knicks down by two. Quentin Corpuel has the ball with the chance to win the New York Knicks their first championship since 1973. The crowd is on their feet here at Madison Square...

Pink Floyd's sensational song is still just as — if not, even more — relevant today.

40 years later: Are we still just another brick in the wall?

By Caitlin Cowan March 31, 2021

They tell us we are the next generation. A representation of greatness, a symbol of hope, a future of prosperity. They tell us we have the power to fix all the wrongs in this world, make it a better place...

I never would have believed I’d be crawling back to a practice that haunted my childhood, and I never could have imagined a once-in-a-century pandemic would be the reason friendship bracelets waltzed their way back into my life.

Getting tied up in a resented hobby

By Zoe Cantor March 28, 2021

When I was a kid, my summers consisted of watching friends make friendship bracelets. At day camps, sleepaway camps and even the pool, the bracelets were impossible to avoid. Counselors would bring out...

Virtual learning coupled with the struggles of dyslexia can be both a blessing and a curse.

My experience navigating through online school with dyslexia

By Andrew Audas March 23, 2021

I’ve known I’m dyslexic ever since I struggled to read the Berenstain Bears books in third grade. After this realization, I began to start the long process of figuring out creative ways to remain at...

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