A Wiccan Explains Her Witchcraft

Today, there could be as many as 1.5 million Americans who practice Wicca, a modern Pagan religion also called Pagan Witchcraft, according to Newsweek.
Much of the United States assumes Wicca is a bunch of hocus-pocus, but Nina Neilson, 19, highlights how Wicca represents the relationship between the individual and the universe.

I’m starting college during a pandemic. Weirdly, I miss strangers most.

Photo of Isabel Funk. Isabel Funk; Mercer Island, WA— My last day of school was March 12. I got up at the same time I always did. I drove to school. I went to all my classes. I ate lunch with the newspaper staff. There was a strange energy in the air, like the lastContinue reading “I’m starting college during a pandemic. Weirdly, I miss strangers most.”

The voice of Gen Z:“Veni, vidi, vici,” I came, I saw, I conquered

Photo from Patrick Nunn, Wikimedia Cindy Huang; Beijing, China— Gen Z, composed of a group of the world’s youngest little giants, makes up over a third of Earth’s population. Exposed to rapidly evolving modern civilizations, they face the toughest challenges as ancient architecture collapses and a demand for evolution threatens them. Clashing cultures, raging socialContinue reading “The voice of Gen Z:“Veni, vidi, vici,” I came, I saw, I conquered”

Not so nice jeans

Drawing by Julia Pastreich Julia Pastreich; Washington, DC— The final blue button poked its head through the hole in the front of my shirt. I pinched my fingers together and pushed it all the way through. I tugged on the hem, running the stiff fabric through my fingers. I looked my reflection in the eye.Continue reading “Not so nice jeans”

Finding community in the COVID climate

Amalie Zinn, co-founder of “Interfaith Online;” Maryland— In March, I packed up a few suitcases and caught a flight from Wisconsin to DC for an extended spring break due to COVID-19. A few weeks later, the University of Wisconsin-Madison notified us that, like most other universities, we would not be coming back in April andContinue reading “Finding community in the COVID climate”

Homemade education: intergenerational stigmas on homeschool

Michaela Wang— My hands struggle through the thick cornstarch and water mixture, glop sticking to my hair and the tabletop underneath. Solid blends with liquid, stabilizing and destabilizing as my sister repeatedly punches the surface. She won’t stop, and my mother won’t stop her until we comprehend the non-Newtonian fluid theory: viscosity can change, whenContinue reading “Homemade education: intergenerational stigmas on homeschool”

How getting informed has changed my world

Emmet Jamieson; Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania— I’ve been writing news articles for over two years now. I wrote for my high school paper as a junior and senior, contributed articles to my town’s newspaper and magazine and spent the summer before senior year attending a journalism program at Northwestern University. I love writing news so much thatContinue reading “How getting informed has changed my world”

Becoming a political minority at my Catholic high school

Farrah Anderson; Danville, IL— Fiscally conservative and socially liberal: a popular phrase coined among moderates across the country. If you would have asked me how I identified politically during my freshman year of high school, I would have regurgitated that statement back to you without hesitation. I was pro-life and waiting for marriage, fulfilling theContinue reading “Becoming a political minority at my Catholic high school”