by David Jiang Sunday, September 2, 2018. For me, the date will always be remembered as a happy one: the start to an exciting eight month bridge-year odyssey. Yet, in the meantime, to the hundreds of millions of Brazilians around the world, September 2 will forever be a day marked […]

Lessons from a History Forever Lost


by Becca Rose I used to think senioritis was a joke. I used to think that my burning yearning curiosity, my insatiable hunger for knowledge, and passion for understanding would never fade, could never fade. And then I hit senior year. Years of school work–standardized tests, SATs, ACTs, APs, and […]

Step Up, Step Back, Lean In


by Ashley Trejo I find myself repeating the phrase of an optimistic yellow sponge from my youth. Well, “youth” may be a bit of a stretch since the silly show can still be found playing on my screens. Nevertheless, “I’m Ready” has been the statement on my mind since mid-May. […]

Channeling my Inner Sponge



by Brenna Trollinger   “I have largely underestimated the brevity and depth of this experience… what if this isn’t worth it?”   This was the first line of my bridge year journal, written by a version of myself who was scared, uncertain and had no idea what this bridge year […]

Finding Community


by Chastidy Vasconez During the holidays, I longed to be back home in Los Angeles. I missed my friends and family, and the thought of flying home filled me with a surge of excitement. I still feel that excitement, but the sentiment is now mixed with feelings of sadness, too. […]

Familia


by Rujen Amatya A year ago, I was a social media addict. I loved using Facebook, Instagram and, Snapchat. I enjoyed sharing updates through my photo and video posts. I was often busy with my cell phone messaging friends and being updated about the lives of hundreds of followers. However, […]

Why I quit social media