‘Making life real’ with Mr. Crider

Long-term resident reflects on life in the hills Mr. Dana Crider, to this day, remembered the story of a brother and sister, both of Indian descent, sent from Southern California to study at the school “to experience India.” “I was walking around the dorm one night and I could hear somebody crying in the dorm,” […]

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Space cadets soar above competition

“I had six Red Bulls in one day just to stay awake and do my work. I was in operations,” Anirudh Aggarwal, Class of 2020 and co-founder of the NASA PASSAGE, said as he was reflecting on his team’s recent runner-up award at the Asian National Space Settlement competition in Delhi Feb. 10-14. In this […]

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Saying ‘I do’ to arranged marriage

For half of my life, I have studied at Woodstock, an international boarding school. When I first arrived, I was completely shocked: students could speak against those older than them, they could stay up late talking to each other, and most importantly, they could date each other. In other words, everything that my parents disagreed […]

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Space cadets describe turbulent flight to victory

“We started this Passage a year ago, sitting on a bench in the Peace Garden … thinking of where we would be in a year,” Anirudh Aggarwal, Class of 2020 and co-founder of the NASA Passage at Woodstock, said. Recently, Aggarwal, along with co-founder Joshua Lyndem, Class of 2020, and eight other members, from the […]

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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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Wake up to online threats

A dimly lit dorm room housed a young teenager, tucked under the weight of his blanket, browsing all over the internet. The boy took a quick glance around his surroundings. He saw no one. All was quiet. He went back under the blanket. The boy opened up a virtual private network (VPN), allowing him to […]

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Remembering Woodstock’s beloved Deepa-ji

When I first arrived at Woodstock in 2011 for the start of fourth grade, I moved to Edgehill, the elementary dorm at the time, where I was surrounded by weeping classmates, attentive dorm parents, and an especially caring staff member, who everyone called Deepa-ji. Whenever I saw Deepa-ji sweep the hallways of our dorm, she […]

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Some balloons, candy wrappers, and kids fill the gym

Every year, the National Honor Society (NHS) organizes an event called “Big-Brother Big-Sister Day.” During this time, older students, from grades 9-12, partner with a younger student, from kindergarten to grade 6, and engage in numerous, fun activities. The Woodstocker caught up with the event, capturing Candy Land in the gym. Photos by Dhrubhagat Singh […]

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IKEA captivates bewildered Indians

Crowded lines encapsulate the gigantic rectangular “shopping home” that puzzled my friends and me. We were visiting a strange new place in India, a place infamously known as “IKEA.” A new addition to Indian home furnishing, IKEA opened in Hyderabad on Aug. 9. On the first day itself, “40,000 shoppers” showed up, leading to extensive […]

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