Moving Foward to What’s Next

by Lauren Hill As a 14-year-old middle schooler preparing to enter high school, I had high hopes for the next four years of my life. Would it be just like all the high school coming-of-age movies I loved so much? Would it be as exhilarating and transformative as everyone made it out to be? In all honesty, looking back at … Read More

Expect the Unexpected

by Rachel Klein The feeling of rejection is already painful as is, but becomes so much worse when it’s unexpected. The college application process is possibly one of the most degrading experiences that teenagers have to go through, but for most it is rewarding in the end. However, this does not change the fact that you may not have gotten … Read More

Aligning with My Spirituality

by Joseph Oscilowski Spirituality can be a very loose flow of ideologies and beliefs, or it can be a rigid ordeal that feels set-in-stone. I spent a good portion of my high school years exploring different ideas regarding religion and forming my own thoughts on spirituality, which has ultimately led me to become the care-free and open-minded person that I … Read More

Looking to the Future

by Apurva Mahajan Four years ago today, I didn’t think I would be alive to see the day I graduated high school. In August before I entered freshman year, I tried to make sure of that. Now as June 1, 2022 gradually approaches, it doesn’t seem real. I’m about to reach the point in my life where I can do … Read More

Not Like the Movies

by Maddie Tringone I’ve always dreamt about making movies. When I was in elementary school, I received my very own iPad which allowed me to watch movies and YouTube videos, and begin creating my own. In third grade, I made a YouTube Channel and already knew I wanted to pursue filmmaking. I analyzed movies, admiring the cinematography and the work … Read More

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

by Matt Rosenthal In elementary school, I didn’t really “playdate” that often. In middle school, I went through some rocky times with friend groups but still had sleepovers. Then came high school: a time when you are supposed to find your true friend group and blossom socially. My first year-and-a-half of high school couldn’t be any further from that. That … Read More

Authenticity Wins Over Fakeness

by Daisia Smith As a freshman, I felt as though I needed to keep a guard up as I entered Sherwood. Many of my friends from Farquhar went to Blake and coming to Sherwood without a solid friend group intimidated me. While Farquhar split its students between separate high schools, all of Rosa Parks attended Sherwood and with cliques already … Read More

The Meaning of Life

by Jay Joseph Spoiler Alert: I don’t believe there is one. (Sorry to return to this topic for those who took AP Lit and had this fun conversation about existentialism.) I grew up with conflicting views on religious beliefs (yes, religious beliefs; it wasn’t just different overall religions), so I was no stranger as a kid to contemplating how life … Read More

Letter to My Freshman Self

by Marissa Harris Dear Marissaaaaa, First of all, you would be so proud of yourself for how far you have come as a person, student, and athlete. While there were certainly some breakdowns, you made it through in one piece, and with SOME sanity. It’s all about growth. Alrighty, I guess I should get a little bit deep. During the … Read More

Just Let Go

by Riley Sandoval Going into high school as a freshman, I had high hopes and expectations for what my next four years would be like. I wanted those movie and TV show experiences that show teens having fun all the time. Little did I know that my main obstacle keeping me from those experiences would be myself. As a freshman … Read More