Student Spotlights

 “This is to the students who did not see themselves here, but are. To those who did not believe that they could, but did. For those who struggled, but overcame.  . . .  To the class of 2012, I congratulate you.”   I sat in the stands of my younger brother’s high school graduation, surrounded by a...
When I was 18 I took a trip led by a junior English teacher from my high school. Beginning in Italy, we toured through Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. For three days we stayed in a hostel in the Swiss Alps outside of Gimmelwald, a small and not particularly popular tourist destination. At 4,472...
Sometimes, I think people see galaxies colliding around my head. Sometimes, I think galaxies are colliding inside my head. In about 4 billion years, the Milky Way, Andromeda, and possibly Triangulum galaxies will collide—out in real space. It will look like pure chaos; stars will be thrown...
I grew up in Chappaqua, a small town north of Manhattan. My father is a photographer and my mother a designer, so Saturdays almost guaranteed a trip to the city to see some sort of gallery or museum. My brother and I would kick and scream the entire way there, but loved it and were happy we’d gone...
Growing up in San Francisco in a strict Chinese family, my parents rewarded me with glitter stickers, Sailor Moon trading cards and other gifts when I received A’s in math and science because that’s what they wanted me to study.   I was compared to all of my cousins who were doctors and engineers,...
I always knew I wanted to be a writer, but I never knew what I wanted to write about until I read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Reading the clear, articulate, persuasive prose, laughing at the skillfully incorporated anecdotes, I began to care passionately about environmental...