If plastic could speak…

I was just thrown away in the dustbin, crumpled, empty, and discarded. Everybody is ignoring me. No one pays attention to me. But guess what? I don’t end here. I feel “poised at the edge of the unknown.” Little do you know that my journey forward will “diverge with outcomes” that will impact nothing less […]

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Learning what ‘fair’ does and doesn’t mean

“In five steps your skin will be fair and lovely.” My skin was neither fair nor lovely. My skin was dull and disgusting. Or so I was told. Starting from the age of five when I first watched a fair and lovely commercial. It was subtly ingrained into my brain that darker skin is worse […]

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Peace remains an elusive dream

Humans have been living on this earth for about six million years. The first thing they experienced was the “struggle to exist”. It was the “competition between the living things to survive”. To solve these conflicts, violence was used as a tool. As they transitioned to their behavioral modernity, the conflicts worsened. Consequently, “the first […]

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Barred from saying it in the name of justice

One might ask, “What is so offensive and immoral about racial slurs?” Or rather, one does not ask. The answer is obvious. My first conscious encounter with racism was in seventh grade in Nepal. My friends and I were helping a local farm as a part of our community service program. We were planting seeds […]

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Saying it in the name of freedom

Never in my life have I been more intellectually stimulated than at Woodstock. I joined the school last July, and for the first time, I actually enjoy learning. Every person at Woodstock is unique and has their own story to tell. I have learned more about the world from discussions with my peers than from […]

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Fast fashion needs to slow down

What’s better than finding that perfect sweater in the right size, beautiful color and … for only $15? After every break, most of us come back with a bunch of new and trendy clothes. “I bought like 18 clothing items in 25 minutes, man, there was such cute stuff and for so cheap!” High schoolers […]

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Students seek spice in their meals

Every student looks forward to the email from Mr. Ketan Swami — the one that describes the next day’s menu. Often we find dishes labeled “spicy chicken” or “fried spicy chicken wings,” but the premature excitement subsides when confronted with food that isn’t really spicy. A few days back while having spicy chicken for lunch, […]

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