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”

Day-in-the-Life of a 14-Year-Old (Summer Edition)

By Anna If I could describe my summer of 2021 in one word, it would be consistent. I spent the majority of my summer with the exact same schedule and I got into a groove with the tasks I had to get done and what was next in my day. This might sound strange, sinceContinue reading “Day-in-the-Life of a 14-Year-Old (Summer Edition)”

Unpopular Opinion: Back-to-School Season is the Best

By Anna Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love summer — the break from schoolwork, beach-filled vacations, and endless hangouts with friends are some of my favorite parts of the whole year. However, something is exciting about going back to school.But what is so special about going back to all the homework, tests, and earlyContinue reading “Unpopular Opinion: Back-to-School Season is the Best”

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”

Lucrative Jobs for the Summer

By Anna Summer: a time of endless hours spent with friends, shopping, going out for lunch, going to amusement parks, and so much more. Although all of these things are incredibly fun, they can add up to be pretty expensive. To make up for the money spent over the summer, or maybe just to saveContinue reading “Lucrative Jobs for the Summer”

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”

Road Trip Must-Dos

By Anna Last summer, our family took a road trip across America to drop our brother off at college. It was a great way to send our brother off — we spent lots of time together since the road trip was about two weeks! Although I’m someone who tends to get carsick ten minutes intoContinue reading “Road Trip Must-Dos”

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”