Going 20 in a 30 Zone: How I Failed my Driver’s Test (and Learned a Great Deal)

By Sarah “Listen, I would like to be able to pass you,” said the worn-out DMV employee, scribbling on her clipboard. “But you went ten miles per hour under the speed limit. Automatic failure. You didn’t pass.” She stepped out of my car, leaving me with the crushing blow of a failed driver’s test. IContinue reading “Going 20 in a 30 Zone: How I Failed my Driver’s Test (and Learned a Great Deal)”

18 Lessons From 18 Years of Life

By Sarah From a young age, I adored the date of my birthday: November 1st. It’s in the midst of the fall season, when leaves crunch beneath my feet on the walk to school and the weather is crisp enough to light a candle. Also, it’s the start of November: the month of giving thanks.Continue reading “18 Lessons From 18 Years of Life”

Carry On With Compassion: Learning from the Amish Perspective

By Sarah The date was October 2nd, 2006. West Nickel Mines Amish school, a one-room schoolhouse in an Amish community in Pennsylvania, was alive with activity as students filled its interior. At first glance, it was an ordinary Monday, characterized by schooling in reading, writing, and arithmetic. At 10 in the morning, the unthinkable occurred.Continue reading “Carry On With Compassion: Learning from the Amish Perspective”

Senior Season: Entering my Last Year of High School

By Sarah Class of 2022. I looked at the sticker that had been mailed to me, celebrating my start of high school and the class that I was in. It was the fall of 2018, a few days before my first day of freshman year, and I tucked the sticker away, smiling at the factContinue reading “Senior Season: Entering my Last Year of High School”

The Butterfly Effect

By Sarah The butterfly effect: the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. Yes, that sounded complicated. In simple terms, the butterfly effect, derived from the work of mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz, is theContinue reading “The Butterfly Effect”

On Treadmill of Life, Rest is Simply the Best

By Sarah Stepping out of my last period, it was a warm, sunny day. The clouds had cleared to display a brilliant blue sky, proclaiming the joy of a special event: my last day of junior year. It had certainly been a tumultuous school year. About three-fifths of it had been virtual due to theContinue reading “On Treadmill of Life, Rest is Simply the Best”

A Planet in Need

By Sarah It was the first semester of eighth grade. Grabbing my backpack and stepping outside of my English classroom, I was met with an unusual smell. The scent of thick, burning smoke was wafting through the air, watering my eyes and instigating a coughing fit. It had happened somewhat suddenly — I hadn’t evenContinue reading “A Planet in Need”

20 Simple Moments to Find Joy In

By Sarah When I first began writing for this blog, I explained that my personal motto was “La vie est belle,” or “Life is beautiful” in English. After taking French for nearly five years now, it seemed like a perfect way to encompass an important aspect of life for me. Oftentimes, we can only focusContinue reading “20 Simple Moments to Find Joy In”

Pesto Gnocchi Recipe

By Sarah Recently, my family gathered in celebration of my grandfather’s birthday. Due to the pandemic and the fact that many of us are spread across the country, we decided to “meet” over Zoom for this celebration.  My grandfather’s side of the family is somewhat large, especially by today’s standards. He grew up with fourContinue reading “Pesto Gnocchi Recipe”

Spring Into Action

By Sarah On March 20th,  winter came to a close. It was the first day of spring, characterized by sunny skies, a breezy wind, and pleasant weather in my town. I looked out the window and felt a mixture of emotions. Not only had this year been speeding through surprisingly quickly, but spring was alwaysContinue reading “Spring Into Action”