The Epitaph

The Impatient Patient: The line between a social media binge and cleanse

By Renee Wang

May 30, 2019

In my freshman year, I bade goodbye to “likes” and dog filters as I deleted first my Instagram, and later my Snapchat account. For the next year or so, I likened myself to living off the grid — the social media grid that is. My motivations for such a social media cleanse were simple: I thoug...

The Impatient Patient: Mental health days are just as valid

By Renee Wang

April 3, 2019

H ow does the most universally hated phrase by parents — "I don't want to go to school today" — come to be? It starts off when you are funneled from back-to-back extracurriculars, SAT prep and 2 a.m. study sessions. It build when you straddle the line between awake and asleep, when you down a cup...

The Impatient Patient: When sparking joy is but a sparking trend

By Renee Wang

March 7, 2019

"I love your cashmere sweater. You got a good price.” After all, only 90 percent of Mongolia’s surface is facing deforestation due to the breeding of cashmere goats. “Your blouse has the most vibrant hue, as well.” After all, only 200 tons of water is required to dye one ton of fabric. Fa...

The Impatient Patient: Give me your poor, tired, English-speakers only

By Renee Wang

January 30, 2019

"Something to think about…” former graduate studies biostatistics director at Duke University Megan Neely wrote in an email to first- and second-year students. Neely’s email condemned Chinese international students’ use of their native language during what appeared to be non-academic time....

The Impatient Patient: To care or not to care, that is the question

By Renee Wang

December 7, 2018

While we lounged after our Thanksgiving meals and went starry-eyed from too-good-to-pass-up Black Friday deals, the fourth National Climate Assessment revealed a more dismal reality:  greenhouse gas emissions will continue to plague us for centuries, temperatures will continue to rise and forest fires ...

Police called in to resolve altercation on campus

By Renee Wang

November 20, 2018

This article was edited on Nov. 20 at 9:16 p.m. to clarify that the former student was in possession of prohibited items. Aformer student was found loitering in the quad area on Nov. 19, between 7:55 and 8 a.m. The man had come on campus to speak to a former teacher of his, assistant principal Jo...

The Impatient Patient: It’s up to us to break the Silicon Valley bubble

By Renee Wang

November 18, 2018

“[Silicon Valley] — it's a weird, surreal place to live right now,” Alexa Cortes Culwell said. Culwell is co-founder of Open Impact, a strategic advisory firm dedicated to bringing about social change. We live in one of the wealthiest areas in the U.S. The median household income in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area is nearly twice that of the U.S. average: $110,040 versus $61...

Days of Homecoming past

Days of Homecoming past

By Renee Wang

October 18, 2018

H omecoming is the first dance of the school year, and with it comes wacky dress up days, rallies and the famed football game. For decades HHS students have participated in these festivities -- but have these traditions changed at all through the years? English teacher Sara Moreno, who graduat...

The Impatient Patient: Decisions affecting students should involve students

By Renee Wang

September 21, 2018

T he new bell schedule is perhaps one of the biggest changes in the 2018-2019 school year — yet in the two-year process of revising the schedule, outreach to students was lackluster and minimal, despite the fact that students would be most affected. This lack of outreach is evident in the new...

The Impatient Patient: Reduced, heightened expectations pressure minority students

By Renee Wang

April 27, 2018

Racial stereotypes have been proven to invoke reduced expectations and heightened pressures for students in affected groups. Not only that, but these racial stereotypes also contribute to the achievement gap, or set of disparities in testing scores, between Asian and white students versus non-Asian min...