More Than a GPA

More Than a GPA

[addtoany]I spent the first year of high school, like many others in this area, comparing myself to the people around me. I’d ask people for their test scores and spend hours seething with envy over little victories I saw people achieving. In retrospect, I realize that it was...
Inclusive India

Inclusive India

[addtoany]I recently came across the article Secular India? by Rachel Sondkar, a college student who writes about the perpetuation of a “Hindu India.” As a fellow student, I believe it is important to share my perspective as an Indian Hindu. Sondkar’s article presumes British...
Secular India?

Secular India?

[addtoany]  Recently, I was tasked to explore a topic of interest in the modern world for my history class. Immediately, I was drawn to the Indian independence movement. India is so incredibly diverse. It is home to a myriad of languages, dialects, cultures, and regions. I...
Because She Has Hope: Youth Essay Winner

Because She Has Hope: Youth Essay Winner

[addtoany]  Thirty years ago, my mother stepped off a plane and tipped her head back to feel the American sun beat down on her face. She brushed her thumb over the golden band on her ring finger. The subtle movement was involuntary, the reflex of a young woman longing to see a...
What Does 17 Mean?

What Does 17 Mean?

[addtoany]I found out about the Parkland shooting the way I usually do –  through the notifications on my phone. I remember waiting in my AP U.S. History classroom for class to start, and my phone buzzed with a CNN news alert “Florida school shooting: At least 17 dead.”...
Grameen Pragati

Grameen Pragati

[addtoany]I’m Anav Mehta, an 8th grader at Hyde Middle School in Cupertino, California. My family runs a charity called Grameen Pragati for which we raise funds by running marathons to fund projects. Grameen Pragati was founded in 2011 in San Jose, California by my parents...