Would Recommend: August

Gigi Silla; Washington, DC— Welcome to “Would Recommend,” the new and improved version of “Gigi’s Corner: A Column,” the column in which I write about things that spark joy in my life and then rate them on a 10 point scale. Sort of like if Marie Kondo wrote Yelp reviews. There are plenty of thingsContinue reading “Would Recommend: August”

How I fell in love with reading books again (and how you can too)

Martha Lewand; Scotch Plains, NJ— Hello readers.  This week, I will be answering the Advice section’s “Summer Prompt:” What’s one thing you did this summer that you recommend everyone does? Tell us a story. Write us a three-or-four-sentence-long pitch explaining your idea, your story and why others should try it out. You can pitch usContinue reading “How I fell in love with reading books again (and how you can too)”

What can I do with my coronavirus summer?

A drawing by Abigail Murphy Abigail Murphy; Arlington, VA— Hey Abby,  What can I do with my summer amid coronavirus precautions and closures? Hey bored buddy, AHHHHHHHHHH ARGH ugh. I receive a lot of texts throughout the day. I mean, that’s expected. We are quarantined. I’m a teenager. In the past five months, I’ve rarelyContinue reading “What can I do with my coronavirus summer?”

The future of journalism: my expectations, fears and hopes

Martha Lewand; Scotch Plains, New Jersey— To the reader: One of the questions in the “martha speakZ” submission form said: “What are your expectations for the future of journalism and your fears going into it?”  I initially felt overwhelmed about answering such a loaded question, but that concern and apprehension quickly evolved into feelings ofContinue reading “The future of journalism: my expectations, fears and hopes”

Would Recommend

A photo of Gigi Silla, the creator of “Would Recommend” Gigi Silla— Welcome to “Would Recommend,” the new and improved version of “Gigi’s Corner: A Column,” the column in which I write about things that spark joy in my life and then rate them on a ten-point scale. Sort of like if Marie Kondo wroteContinue reading “Would Recommend”

The plight of the sebaceous teen: Preventing ‘maskne’ during COVID

Matthew Chen— Over time, masks and face coverings become cesspools of dirt and bacteria which can lead to “maskne” (mask acne) if not properly treated. Quarantine is hard enough without a face full of painful pimples; thankfully, there are simple ways to help prevent this scourge.  It is important to differentiate the two types ofContinue reading “The plight of the sebaceous teen: Preventing ‘maskne’ during COVID”

How do I know if I should take a gap year?

Hey Abby,  The pandemic uprooted the end of my high school experience, and now my college situation doesn’t look great either. On the other hand, I’ve been looking forward to college for a long time, and I didn’t anticipate putting off that experience. How do I know if I should take a gap year?  HeyContinue reading “How do I know if I should take a gap year?”

How to use quarantine to create a lasting exercise routine: Advice from a former student-athlete

Martha Lewand, Advice Editor— This past March, my 13-year-long swimming career came to an end. I put away my swim cap and goggles one last time and officially became a retired competitive swimmer (alternatively known as a “swammer” in the swimmer world).   Immediately following my retirement, COVID-19 hit the United States. My home state ofContinue reading “How to use quarantine to create a lasting exercise routine: Advice from a former student-athlete”