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David Peng: Transition From Student to Teacher

“Oh my God, I just failed the Peng test,” someone whispers in the hall, his face gaunt with fear. Almost every Thursday, geometry teacher David Peng’s students are put on trial. At the end of the period, students funnel out of the third floor halls; commotion erupts as students scatter nervously out of the classroom

Art by Lillian Xiao

The Rooftop Garden: What Does Urban Growth Really Mean?

Through the balcony doors in the woodshop class on the 10th floor lies the rooftop garden. A small, bright space with quaint wooden crates and a mishmash of colorful planting supplies, Stuyvesant’s rooftop garden delivers fresh veggies and a dose of relaxation that is inevitable when sunshine, plants, and a gorgeous view are involved. When

College Essay: Ely Sandine

I am not sure why, in seventh grade, I chose to play the tuba. Perhaps it was due to a lack of confidence in spelling the words “Alto Saxophone” or “Piccolo.” Or maybe it was like my decision to study Mandarin over Spanish and I wanted to challenge myself. More likely, I was trying to

College Essay: Liana Chow

  Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.   My legs kick out into a split for a grand jeté, and I float in the air while the studio around

College Essay: Alice Cheng

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.   “Growing Up At the Firm”   In the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown, an eight-story building sandwiched between a dilapidated for sale property

New Arts and Theater Clubs Rise At Stuyvesant

I know from personal experience that when people think of Stuyvesant, they tend to have a very limited view of what our school represents.   Many, if not all, of us can recall telling a friend that we’ve decided to attend Stuyvesant and finding ourselves thrown into a conversation about how it’s a pressure cooker

Sau Ling Chan: Daring to Fail

During third period, as students rush to get to class, they bump into biology and AP Psychology teacher Sau Ling (Charlene) Chan pushing her cluttered black cart. She smiles warmly at the students and continues to walk towards her next class. She is always dressed in business attire, and her thin, flowing, black hair bounces

Asian Melting Pot

At Stuyvesant, a school full of students with origins and ancestors from around the world roaming the hallways, different cultures are almost bound to mix. Looking at the sea of students at Stuyvesant, one can tell that a majority of the student body is Asian. However, what most overlook is that the term ‘Asian’ is

Teachers’ First Time Teaching

Walking into a classroom on the first day of school and trying to impress a new teacher can be daunting. But what students often forget is that our teachers, no matter how experienced or at ease in front of a class, have had to start somewhere. Here are some of their stories. Marianne Prabhu (Biology):

The Glittery Gangster: A Conversation with Ms.Genkina

Sunlight streamed into Room 325, quiet and airy as we walked in on a Friday afternoon. With her usual effortless cheerfulness, she was laughing with a student as they planned an upcoming computer science event. Putting everyone at ease with her excitement and bright smile, computer science teacher Yulia Genkina can be found bouncing around

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