Summer programs, while sometimes useful and engaging, can handicap students heading into the challenging honors and AP classes December 2, 2023 — by Anika Kapasi After experiencing 13 “first days of school” — from pre-K to junior year — I am always left bored from listening to teachers talking about their class syllabus for an hour or annoyed at time wasted from doing yet another ice-breaker or “get to know you” activity. Then again, being a junior this year meant […] read more » Scotland: land of picturesque scenery and questionable cuisine October 1, 2023 — by Lawson Wang With each breath, a small cloud of vapor formed and slowly drifted away, like a lost spirit finding its home in the foggy sky. Step by step, sophomore Arahan Balasubramanian gradually scaled The Storr in Scotland’s Isle of Skye, taking in the stunning scenery around him. Surrounded by the vast plains and the crashing waves, […] read more » Looking back on my carefree freshman summer as academic intensity starts to rise June 3, 2023 — by Andy Zhu I wish I could relive my life as a child with barely any cares in the world, especially during the summer. Even one year back would be alright, as long as I receive a light, relaxed summer. The summer of freshman year was full of vacations and recreational projects. However, my plans for the upcoming […] read more » Why fishing is my favorite family tradition May 22, 2023 — by Nicole Lee As 9-year-old me leans over the edge of the swaying and rocking boat, I wait patiently for something (hopefully a fish) to bite when I suddenly feel little taps at the end of the string. With a nudge, I flick the rod up and start frantically reeling. Soon after, I’m yelling for my dad to […] read more » Here’s what to do with your free time in the Bay Area this summer May 8, 2023 — by Sarah Zhou Immediately after AP exams ended last year, my friend, Class of `22 alumna Nicole Lu, and I began planning activities for the summer. However, Nicole, having lost her pink Driver’s Ed slip from freshman year, and I, not being 16 yet, realized that neither of us could get our licenses or drive anywhere. This left […] read more » My version of a summer treehouse: my roof May 4, 2023 — by Beverly Xu Spending the summer of 2020 in quarantine was like being told to entertain a toddler for three whole months — you’ve got to be creative — and with my sister back from college early, our combined “creativity” had no limits. I mean, we quite literally found ourselves above the ceiling on our roof. In order […] read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.