May 2, 2019

Walking up to the theater, I was not sure what to expect. This was my first time going to a film festival, and this one was extra special because a documentary film produced by my dad was to be premiered. We stepped out of the car and walked into a swarm of people. It was very hectic, but the crowds were somehow organized. My dad had to go inside of the theater first to get the press passes. He then motioned to my mom and me t...

April 18, 2019

Being adopted is not a weird topic for me to talk about because I was adopted at birth. When I was younger, my parents never really talked about my adoption, but they started introducing the topic when I was about six years old. I never felt the need to talk about it with any of my friends because I did not think that my adoption defined me. I was not fazed by this idea, but apparently, my friends were. In fourth grade, I was...

April 4, 2019

Baking has always been my favorite pastime. I make treats to help celebrate friends and family on their special days. I also bake treats for myself after hard assessments or at the end of the trimesters. During my Spring Break staycation, Serena Chon ’19 and I made Seven Layer Bars, Monster Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookies. We decided to share our recipes with our readers! 

Seven Layer Bars:

·       1 stick unsalted butter...

March 15, 2019

As you continue to plan your Spring Break, start thinking about fun days with friends and family in D.C. If you are staying in town, here are some great tourist options!

1) Go to the National Cherry Blossom Festival! This year it is planned to take place from March 20th to April 14th. You will get to have amazing photo opportunities, watch the parade, listen to concerts, and go to the various cultural events taking place around...

March 2, 2019

I have never enjoyed piano and violin auditions. Through my college auditions, however, I have learned a lot about myself as a player. Here are the three major lessons I learned from the long and tiring process:

1) It is important to thoroughly research the college and its professors before visiting campus. Having background knowledge about the professors and the programs really helps when you are auditioning or taking a maste...

February 13, 2019

To follow up on my previous blog post, I wanted to give you some suggestions from my go-to classical music playlist. These are in no particular order because I love them all!

1. Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D Major

Mrs. Salata and I both love this piece. I even played it for some of my college auditions. It is very upbeat and fun to listen to. 

2. Rimsky Korsakov – Scheherazade

I love this piece because I was fortunate enough to...

February 4, 2019

           Playing an instrument has always played a huge role in my life. From the age of three, I have always played an instrument. Music affects people mentally as well as physically. For me, it is my biggest outlet. When I am overwhelmed with school work, I always give myself a mental break by practicing my violin or listening to some of my favorite classical music playlists on Spotify. I love music also because it proves...

November 26, 2018

                 On September 27, 2018, I walked into the Kennedy Center like I always do after parking on level B and going up the two short escalators to the main floor. As we walked up to the concert hall, I stopped to take my picture in the mirror with my friends and family like we always do before every performance. This concert, however, was unlike any other concert we would normally go to because we were going to hear P...

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