The Bucket List

The Bucket List. Everyone needs to have one. And, I really do mean everyone. It’s important to have goals in life, and to experience new things to truly live exhilaratingly. They don’t have to be anything outrageous or crazy out of your comfort zone, but they should be a little daring. They should expand your […]

Posting College Acceptances on Social Networks

I’m so happy for all my friends and classmates that have gotten into their dream schools, or even their second-choices.  I love seeing so many people be extremely excited because, being an AP student and seeing so much of the hard work, sweat, and tears that go into being a competitive student, my friends deserve […]

Dear Admissions Office….I Regret To Inform You…

Real Letter: Insert Date of Rejection Letter My name here. (Cry) Dear Applicant, I am very sorry to let you know that we are unable to offer you admission to Prestigious University. Please know that this decision in no way diminishes your application. We were humbled by your talents and achievements and by the commitment […]

Anger Management Class in 20 Minutes

Today in my English class, we talked about anger.  Yes, anger.  You’d think in an English Literature class, we’d talk about, well, literature, right? In class, we got to spill out our emotions onto a piece of paper, guided by three simple questions: 1. What makes you angry about your family? (Boy, did I have […]

The Jedi Run

As a track and field runner of four years, I’ve ended up running various workouts that work on speed, strength, or technique, depending on what my coach feels we need to build on or balance out.  Some days are more difficult than others–challenging me not only physically but also mentally because I really have to […]

Sorry, Rejected. Just ‘Cause You’re too…. Asian

Dear Applicant, we regret to inform you that you have been REJECTED to our college. Feel free to apply next year. Thanks for competing against the pool of applicants, though they are not all as qualified as you. It’s just life you know? We want more Hispanics, African Americans, and of course, Caucasians. Reasons for […]

Those Last and Final Tests (Should I Take the AP Exam?)

Alas, AP season has once again arrived. As a senior, I understand why many students are wondering why they have to take the upcoming AP exams. Most competitive and rigorous students are taking many (the most) AP classes they have ever taken in their high school career, or many have taken the minimum number. College […]

Cat Ladies Are In

For the last year or so, I’ve been known to my friends as a straight-up cat lover.  What can I say?  I love these little feline creatures.  Last July, I adopted two kittens and, being brother and sister, named them after the characters Sokka and Katara from the popular anime Avatar: The Last Airbender. Since […]

So…Who Pays on the First Date?

My English teacher talked about this a while ago. Well perhaps not exclusively on the topic of who pays on the first date, but he did give us some great refreshing ideas on where to take our date on a date. There are also many expectations we are supposed to meet as the date-suggestor. For […]

To Apply or Not to Apply?

As the final deadlines for private school college applications rapidly approaches, I find myself relating to the indecisiveness and inclinations to contemplate as Hamlet demonstrated in one of Shakespeare’s most notable tragedies. Although I already have a list of schools I know that I’m definitely applying to, there are a couple on the list I […]