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From my POV: The Great American Eclipse

From my POV: The Great American Eclipse

By Kira Garlick

August 22, 2017


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I traveled a round trip of 1,575 miles in four days to see two minutes of total darkness in late August, for the first total solar eclipse in America since 1918. And I almost didn’t go. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for science, nature and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I still hesitated at...

From my POV: Down in the dumps

From my POV: Down in the dumps

By Kira Garlick

March 25, 2017


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I nstead of going to class this morning, I saw a herd of goats grazing peacefully on a hill. It may have seemed cute, but the grassy hillside was covering something people don’t normally think about: the trash they created. As part of the AP Environmental Science class, I was lucky to go on a fi...

From my POV: Building an iPhone Game

From my POV: Building an iPhone Game

By Andrew Zhou

November 6, 2016


Filed under From My P.O.V., Lifestyles

When you tell people you’ve built and launched a game onto the App Store, you’re often associated with the words “nerd” or “geek.” But, in reality, there’s so much more to being a iPhone game developer than many people realize. When people ask me about the process I went through when I cr...

From my POV: Being adopted in the Silicon Valley

By Indira Cockerill

October 13, 2016


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  When you think of ‘minority,’ think of me. People associate the word ‘minority’ with being from a foreign country or of an uncommon race. What people do not take into consideration is people who are adopted. I found my way to Silicon Valley from Kazakhstan at age three after being adopted by a caucasi...

My POV: Living off the grid

By Kira Garlick

May 13, 2016


Filed under From My P.O.V., Lifestyles

If I could advise anyone to take some time away from the Internet, I’d say go for it. But I would also say it is nearly impossible. I challenged myself to go a whole week without using the Internet, including no emails, SchoolLoop and (gasp) iMessage. So many people wondered how I made it throu...

From my POV: Growing up under a dictator

From my POV: Growing up under a dictator

By Mila Sviderskaya

April 27, 2016


Filed under From My P.O.V., Lifestyles

I If I tell people, “I grew up in a dictatorship,” they’re usually confused and don’t believe me at first. Well, I grew up in a country literally labeled “Europe’s Last Dictatorship.” I lived in Belarus, which has been ruled by the same dictator for 22 years, until I was 10, and still vis...

From my POV: What it means to be transgender and what it means to speak up

By Donnie Denome

February 4, 2016


Filed under From My P.O.V., Lifestyles

I owe a lot to The Epitaph, but I think my largest debt is that I figured out that I was transgender from an article. Emi Kamezaki’s article, “The ‘T’ is not silent,” published in November 2013, was not without fault but still gave me a name for the unrest I was feeling. I saw myself in the studen...

From my POV: Being a human Etch-A-Sketch

From my POV: Being a human Etch-A-Sketch

By Jeanna Totah

February 3, 2016


Filed under From My P.O.V., Lifestyles

For many children, going for a swim during a hot summer day is a normal activity. For someone who struggles with sensitive skin, like myself, the consequence of going into a chlorine-filled pool is annoying dry and itchy skin. Growing up, I always knew I had sensitive skin and often encountere...

From my P.O.V: Christmas at two houses

From my P.O.V: Christmas at two houses

By Raven Bautista

January 3, 2016


Filed under From My P.O.V., Lifestyles

For the last ten years, my sister and I spent the holidays either with my dad or my mom. Every Christmas is different, and we never know what to expect. Sometimes we will be out-of-state with my mom, or at my cousin's house with my dad. Holidays with divorced parents are not as depressing as they mig...

From my P.O.V: Living as a Muslim American during the peak of Islamophobia

From my P.O.V: Living as a Muslim American during the peak of Islamophobia

By Noor Baig

December 11, 2015


Filed under From My P.O.V., Lifestyles

News of another shooting is all over the Internet, and all I can think while scrolling through my Facebook feed is: “Please, please don’t let it be a Muslim.” It is. Or that’s what the headline reads anyway. It seems the time between extremist attacks has been decreasing quickly. At first it was month...

From my P.O.V: Marching Band in Indiana

From my P.O.V: Marching Band in Indiana

By Lindsay Goddard

November 22, 2015


Filed under From My P.O.V., Lifestyles

On the first day of school, my literature teacher asked us to anonymously write the thing about ourselves we are most proud of, and put it on the wall. One little pink Post-It hanging on the corner of the whiteboard read: “band geek.” When people ask me why I am in band, I never know what to say....

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