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A senior’s advice on applying to college

As I embark on my own adventure to Santa Clara University as a marketing major and communications minor, I wish you all the best on your own college journey.

Betty Nguyen

May 20, 2020

While college is pushed as the ultimate end-goal at UPA, it can be a tough and rigorous journey to apply to one. As a graduating senior of the UPA class of 2020, I have come to the end of my college application journey, and soon it will be time to start the new (and admittedly daunting) journey of attending ...

Experiencing UPA: Teacher’s Edition

English teachers Kathryn Gong-Guy, Kristin Moore and Claire Ballard discuss possible summer reading options during an English department meeting on Feb. 13.

Joe Shem

April 1, 2020

From Monday to Friday in the packed and diminutive classrooms of UPA, teachers complete many feats both in front of the class and behind the scenes. Although the size of our school has been a key feature of UPA, social science teacher Katherine Poltorak also sees that it is also a drawback.  ...

COVID-19 from the Chinese Perspective

Sanitation officers are stationed at the doorway to a vegetable market in Shanghai, China.
Courtesy of Wang Xiu Ying (name changed)

Jenna Mi

March 19, 2020

Driving down the desolate streets of Shanghai, few people linger by bus stops and closed storefronts. Only their eyes are visible, their mouths covered by thin films of paper. Chinese New Year seems different this year; maybe it is the lack of people in the temples or how the normally bustling stree...

All Homework, No Play

Photo illustration of Susannah Jakkula (10).

Akhila Ayyadevara

February 25, 2020

In eighth grade, I stayed up until almost 1 a.m. for three days straight. I had an English project assigned and due that week. There was research to be done and a poster to be made, all the while trying to create art. This was the most important project at the time because it would impact my final grade ...

Changing Tides

Buchanan fishes on a riffle in Pit River.

Arielle Rose-Finn

February 24, 2020

“When you see the surface of the water,” science teacher Matt Buchanan said while glancing over the empty stools in his classroom, “or if you were floating on the surface and you think, ‘Oh my God, what’s beneath me?’ that’s a legitimate fear. But then you realize that the ocean is just ...

A Race to the Top

A student applies to college in this photo illustration.

Romita Pakrasi

January 27, 2020

The C word. The most commonly used word at UPA. The most straightforward yet complex word. College. For some, it is a dream, and for others, it is an expectation. Either way, its impact is life changing. Students spend years doing their best in high school to get accepted into a college, so what real...

Christmas: The Eastern Translation

Vibrant decorations light the malls and trees in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan during December.
Photo courtesy of Jamie Mi.

Jenna Mi

December 25, 2019

A classic American Christmas brings to mind images of shimmering red, gold, green and blue lights lining neighborhood roofs, candy canes and inflatable decorations spotting front yards and paper snowflakes dotting windows. The colorful gift wrap of presents under the Christmas tree, adorned with various orna...

Life Lessons Served Sunny

Life Lessons Served Sunny

Greg Haessner

November 1, 2019

Teenagers working a summer job is a widespread occurrence that is only on the rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, 56.2% of young people (16 to 24-year-olds) were employed between April and July 2019. This is an increase from the 55% of young people employed who were employed during the same p...

Orchestrating Experiments: Elisheva Bailey

Bailey poses at her desk in MIT, where she teaches biology.

Desiree Pekar

September 23, 2019

Elisheva Bailey steps into a space immersed in music. One side of the room is filled with the deep sound of the tuba and the jazzy noise of the saxophone. On the other side she hears the precision of violinists using their bows to emit music off the strings alongside the high-pitched sound of the flute...

From College to Teaching College-Level Courses

Science teacher Vivien Chern smiles at the front desk in the classroom where she teaches AP Biology, Cal.

Jenna Plasschaert

September 20, 2019

Vivien Chern, one of the newest additions to UPA’s science department, will be affected by a spelling error for the rest of her life. When her great uncle came to the United States from Taiwan, his name was incorrectly documented and the mistake has been passed down through generations. The “R...

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