Student Spotlights

Have you ever tried running in sand? It's far more difficult than running on solid ground. When you run on solid ground you gain instant traction, trees and bushes in your peripheral vision seem to blur as you pump your arms and legs. You feel the self-created wind blow back your hair as you stride...
 “This is to the students who did not see themselves here, but are. To those who did not believe that they could, but did. For those who struggled, but overcame.  . . .  To the class of 2012, I congratulate you.”   I sat in the stands of my younger brother’s high school graduation, surrounded by a...
I looked for my number. The list was in order: 110, 115, 116……..120. One hundred and seventeen was absent. It was a cold October day in Tucson with ice already on the ground when the coaches posted the soccer team line up. The freshman building courtyard was empty at 7 in the morning, and I walked...
I am a rational person and pride myself in the ability to adapt. Sports such as wakeboarding, rock climbing, and snowboarding constantly required me to conform to new environments. Each one challenges me to improve on my own as well as work with others to reach a common goal.   One morning,...
When I was 18 I took a trip led by a junior English teacher from my high school. Beginning in Italy, we toured through Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. For three days we stayed in a hostel in the Swiss Alps outside of Gimmelwald, a small and not particularly popular tourist destination. At 4,472...
Sometimes, I think people see galaxies colliding around my head. Sometimes, I think galaxies are colliding inside my head. In about 4 billion years, the Milky Way, Andromeda, and possibly Triangulum galaxies will collide—out in real space. It will look like pure chaos; stars will be thrown...
My time in college began as a mess of tangled strings. I had no sense of direction and no idea what I wanted to do, and I spent my first years skating by and focusing on almost everything else but school. My junior year I decided to pursue a degree in fine arts photography because it seemed an easy...
I grew up in Chappaqua, a small town north of Manhattan. My father is a photographer and my mother a designer, so Saturdays almost guaranteed a trip to the city to see some sort of gallery or museum. My brother and I would kick and scream the entire way there, but loved it and were happy we’d gone...
Growing up in San Francisco in a strict Chinese family, my parents rewarded me with glitter stickers, Sailor Moon trading cards and other gifts when I received A’s in math and science because that’s what they wanted me to study.   I was compared to all of my cousins who were doctors and engineers,...
I was not especially interested in fashion before age 17. But when a friend introduced me to Nike, I was completely captivated by fashion and I began to collect brand name athletic shoes and even luxury designer shoes such as Prada and Bally. I spent most of my time reading and looking at fashion...

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