The Black and White

My experiences with the college process during COVID-19

College test prep books sit on a shelf in the CIC.
June 9, 2020

Junior year is infamous for AP classes and tests, SATs and ACTs, homework and college visits — or at least it’s supposed to be. When doctors reported the first case of COVID-19 in the US in January,...

Seven for seven: My quarantine journey of waking up early

A picture I took on one of my walks. After I started waking up early, I tried to find more activities to make each day seem “normal” again, and going outside was one of them.
June 1, 2020

“Honey, it’s time to get up!”  My mom entered my room and casually opened my windows Tuesday morning in early April. Although she had been awake for a few hours she was still her energetic and...

Last week, my grandfather passed away from COVID-19. This is my story.

My grandfather reads me a picture book.
May 28, 2020

“There’s always a time to say goodbye, and this is that time,” he said to us as we huddled around the phone on our kitchen table. He was leaving us, possibly forever, and yet it was the first peace...

Reteaching myself to play the recorder ends on a high note

My recorder from third grade, still adorned with the colorful belts I earned in elementary school.
May 17, 2020

I hit the peak of my musical career playing the recorder in third grade music class. I practiced tirelessly, annoying my dog nightly with the instrument’s high-pitched squeaks and eventually mastering...

On my own terms: my experience dealing with pregnancy and abortion as a teenager

On my own terms: my experience dealing with pregnancy and abortion as a teenager
Content warning: this story contains language that pertains to teen pregnancy and abortion.
May 12, 2020

Alone in my closet, I was afraid of what was going to happen tomorrow. I couldn’t hold back the gushing stream of tears, knowing that the moment I walked inside, that would be my decision. There was...

The dangers of schadenfreude in the era of COVID-19

Schadenfreude is the enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others. During this pandemic, it can be dangerous.
May 4, 2020

A few weeks ago, a text from one of my friends interrupted my daily quarantine routine of watching Netflix and playing Xbox: “Harvey Weinstein got Corona. That’s good news.” Immediately, other people...

My story of workplace harassment

My story of workplace harassment
April 9, 2020

The names used in this article have been changed to maintain privacy. Feeling uncomfortable around coworkers, receiving invitations to bars and clubs and having superiors constantly offering alcohol...

My experience becoming a “gamer”

My experience becoming a
April 8, 2020

As I’m sitting on the couch playing Fortnite, I question what I’m doing and if I’m even invested in the game at all. I’ve been playing for at least two hours a couple of times a week, trying to...

Rape in pop culture isn’t always reality

The media portrays sexual assault in way that caused me to feel like my experience wasn't valid.
April 6, 2020

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to rape. I had always known the textbook definition of rape — “an act in which a person sexually engages another person without that person’s...

I tried solving a Rubik’s cube in one week — and failed

I tried solving a Rubik's cube in one week, but it was harder than it looks.
March 26, 2020

When my brother was in middle school, he loved solving Rubik’s Cubes — he’d spend hours on the computer watching videos about how to manipulate the colorful squares. At his fastest, he could complete...

Injured athletes: You can still find yourselves outside of sports

After having to miss out on cross country and gymnastics because of an injury, I managed to find new hobbies while still remaining a part of my teams.
March 18, 2020

Prince blasted through my earbuds and my heart pounded in anticipation and anxiety as I sat on the bus to a cross country meet last September. I’ve always had extreme pre-race nerves but I’d put extra...

My experiences with Dyslexia

I was diagnosed with Dyslexia when I was 15 years old. And no, I don't have the same experiences as Bella Thorne.
March 17, 2020

When I tell people I’m dyslexic, they expect that when I see an “m,” it flips into “w,” and that “b’s” swirl into “d”s.” But, when I open a book, I see the same letters as you. There...

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