‘Mulan’ brought honor to my identity November 13, 2023 — by Annika Gho In one of the earliest scenes of Disney’s 1998 movie “Mulan,” the heroic main character ties a bag of grains and a bone attached to a bamboo stick to her dog. It jumps around, trying to eat the bone, but ends up scattering grain all over the place instead. The chickens are able to get […] read more » Sorry, pumpkin spice lattes, there just isn’t a place for you here November 13, 2023 — by Caitlin Stoiber As I pull open the heavy black doors and step inside of Starbucks, I am immediately assaulted by the disgusting smell of bitter caffeine and sickly-sweet pumpkin spice. My once-high spirits immediately plummet as I gaze upon advertisements menacingly displaying the same horrifying words: pumpkin spice lattes. For years, I have been famously anti-pumpkin spice […] read more » Best fall scented candles at Sephora, T.J. Maxx and Target November 11, 2023 — by Christina Labban and Ruiyan Zhu Seeking a break from sophomore year academics, we recently visited some of Westgate Mall’s stores — Sephora, T.J. Maxx and Target — to sample and evaluate the top fall scented candles. One store emerged as the clear winner. The other two were a distant second and third. For us, the best candle scents are brightening […] read more » For the love of kayaking: the best hobby to help you connect with nature November 8, 2023 — by Sanjoli Gupta Imagine the wind kissing your face as your hair flutters in the wind while you glide along bright blue waters on a kayak. Your grip on your paddle falters as you look around and enjoy the scenery; the horizon meets with the line of trees on the edge of the lake and birds flutter above […] read more » Charcoal portraits are my unconventional vehicle for self-expression November 8, 2023 — by Divya Vadlakonda When I was 10, I loved oil painting, a distinctively-smelling, long-drying and vibrant medium. After school, when my mom dropped me off at Young at Art — an art studio in Sunnyvale — I would open its familiar doors and bathe in the scent of the linseed oil that would latch onto my clothes and […] read more » Your fate is in my hands: my one-day journey as an underqualified palm reader November 8, 2023 — by Divya Vadlakonda Sometimes people ask me what my birthday is and then shake their heads in a condescending huff in response to my answer. “Sagittarius,” they exclaim. “No wonder.” Or they say: “God, you’re such an INFP. So typical.” From there, they proceed to laugh, rubbing salt in a wound carved into my heart by people insulting […] read more » Building good habits: keeping your desk clean and organized November 8, 2023 — by George Hu As a high school student, I spend a good portion of my day working at the desk in my upstairs bedroom. It is my only safe space from deadlines and my social life, and as such, I make sure to keep my room and desk well-maintained. Organization is the key to getting my work done. […] read more » Busting the watermelon seed myth: No, they DO NOT grow in your stomach November 6, 2023 — by Victoria Lin Imagine sitting in a hospital room, feeling nauseous as the bright neon lights blur your vision. You look like you’ve gained 40 pounds in the past week, but actually, it’s caused by the big, round watermelon in your stomach. The lights glare down at you while doctors look at you with deep concern. “Did you […] read more » Traffic lights: Are they really automated? November 6, 2023 — by Bryan Zhao On mornings when I feel tired, the absolute worst scenario is being late to school. Rushing through my morning routine, I desperately hope that the traffic lights are on my side today. Yet it seems that just for me, the traffic lights are so perfectly, terribly coordinated, flashing bright blaring scarlets whenever I’m late to […] read more » If you’re bad at drawing, try photography November 6, 2023 — by William Norwood Since I was young, I have been constantly jealous of artists. I was actively annoyed by my inability to do simple acts like drawing, painting or even sculpting. Artists always looked so aesthetic as they expressed themselves through a creative medium, and I always wondered, “Why can’t that be me?” No matter how hard I […] read more » previous12345...1020304050...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.