Unconsciously crossing the road

Everything froze for a minute. No movement. No sound. My mother had already gone inside the house, while I was still wandering around, looking at the balcony. She was there a couple of seconds ago, talking to me, but now it was just me crossing the road with my brother on the other side, waiting. […]

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I am (*insert suitable label*)

A Letter to My Younger Self: Hey Cutie, You may not know this yet, but you are very very special. Your mother will not fail to remind you of this every day, and though you may not believe her at times, she is not wrong. From very early on, you will be very very confused. […]

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Idea of reunification divides Korea

“I will be back after 10 days,” he said. “I’ll bring lots of candies, and if I am lucky, I will get you some chocolates too. So be a good girl.” “I’ll miss you,” she said. “Come back fast.” This six-year-old girl didn’t know that these 10 days would be the longest 10 days of […]

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Reflections on online connections

I connect to the Wi-Fi, type in my username and password, and enter the screen. Headphones on, charger plugged, desk lamp off; the screens lure me with the ecstasy of escapism, delaying the return to reality, again. Through the bright little rectangular monitors, I step out from my bedroom. I jump from Instagram to Whatsapp, […]

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A Supportive Team

Four intense days with the Tigers at Win Mumby The final practice Nineteen girls huddled around the tiger logo in the center of the gym, all anxious. It was a ritual: to become a Tiger, one must devote herself to the eye of the logo, the eye of the tiger. As Mr. Steve Luukkonen, physical […]

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Finding friendship on the peak

It is 12 a.m. and my teeth are chattering; I feel my lungs shiver. But despite the cold and the lack of sleep, my eyes abruptly open in the dark. I swiftly get out of the sleeping bag, not because I want to, but out of obligation. Responsibility sits heavily on my shoulders from last […]

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CIS team evaluation seems optimistic

A few weeks ago, the Council of International Schools (CIS) team visited Woodstock school. The team examined the school for a week and documented the information in the form of a report which was sent to the CIS Board of Directors. Woodstock is currently accredited with the Middle States Association (MSA), but the accreditation gets […]

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Despite laws, society keeps people from coming out

“Why is straight the default?” — Love, Simon. We live in a world where IPC section 377 — which states that states that “whoever voluntarily has carnal inter­course against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished” — has been abolished. Similarly, the Interim Constitution of Nepal, 2063 [2007 AD], […]

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