Fwd:Love spreads positivity before finals

With finals week approaching, fwd:Love continued their semi-annual event, Bags of Love, in which officers pass out care packages filled with stress relief items such as candy and bubbles to students.

fwd:Love passed out goodie bags to help alleviate some of the stress of finals week. Photo by Gianella Ordonez.

Fwd:Love has noticed how stressful finals week can be and uses this event to help their peers cope with the pressures of school, sophomore and fwd:Love treasurer Joyce Jeon said.

This event enforces the club’s goal of spreading positivity around campus. Bags of Love has proven to be successful in this aspect, according Jeon.

“Whenever I give them out, they always have smiles on their faces,” Jeon said. “So I think that it gives them a temporary stress relief.”

Bags of Love is especially geared towards freshmen since they are still growing accustomed to taking finals, senior and fwd:Love president Jingwen Li said.

Sophomore Minal Singh believes the event is a nice act of kindness and a great way for students to destress.

“Besides the content in the bag, it’s nice that you know there is a club that thinks about people on campus this way and cares about them so I think it’s a really thoughtful thing,” Singh said.

Li hopes more people will recognize the unique aspects of fwd:love next year. Events such as Bags of Love encourage students to spread positivity and love together, especially during stressful periods of the school year, Li said.  

“No matter what you get on your final, you are still loved and there’s nothing wrong with it. You’ll do fine in the end,” Li said.

ASL aims to amplify awareness

The third most used language in the US is sign language, according to Senior Avani Modak, American Sign Language (ASL) Club president. It’s one of the many fun facts she has picked up from being part of the club since freshman year.

ASL Club teaches sign language to members and provides many opportunities for involvement with the deaf community.

American Sign Language Club teaches sign language to their members with the utilization of fun activities such as field trips and movie socials.

“We just want to expose people to the language and make them more interested in it,” said Modak. “We think that it’s a part of American culture that’s been ignored in the past, so bringing this really big language to the forefront is our goal.”

ASL secretary Celine Yiu agrees with this message. “It’s really important to be able to reach out to people of all sorts of backgrounds, especially people with certain disabilities, like people who are deaf,” Yiu said.

The club aims to bring more awareness, educate on ASL and the deaf community by introducing members to the language in a fun way. ASL Club is hosting movie socials where members can bond over a film in sign language while eating pizza and hanging out. Another upcoming event in April is Deaf Week where ASL Club will have booths and speakers in the quad to educate HHS about ASL and deaf issues.

The officers feel it is important to be more inclusive  to unite the deaf community with the rest of the hearing world.

“You hear these stories of people who feel like they’re by themselves and like they can’t communicate with anyone.” Yiu said. “And then one other person knows sign language and they feel like they’re listened to. We want to make more people feel heard.”

Along with teaching sign language to new members, ASL Club wants to organize a field trip to a nearby deaf school in Fremont, the California School for the Deaf. Modak, who has taken sign language classes at De Anza College, wants to show the importance of interacting with those whose native language is ASL.

“I think just being exposed to a whole new set of people [is the best part of learning sign language]. Modak said. “I’ve met so many people that I wouldn’t have been able to meet otherwise because I wouldn’t have spoken their language.”