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TikTok’s Booktok trend has created a rise in young adults reading books with explicit ideas meant for adults.The Sidekick editorial page editor Aliza Abidi has growing concerns on the new normalization of largely explicit adult fiction and its effects on adolescents. Graphic by Minori Kunte

Where’s the Y in YA?

Aliza Abidi, Editorial Page Editor September 14, 2023

I close out of TikTok and eye the bookshelf in the corner of my room.  I have a diverse arrangement of genres, characters and memories within the tear-stuck and earmarked pages. Coming out of quarantine,...

High schoolers often have a lot of work and stress, with many feeling like they don’t have an escape. The Sidekick video editor Rhea Chowdhary explains how recess in high school can act as a stress reliever.

Have we really grown out of recess?

Rhea Chowdhary, Video Editor September 8, 2023

“Eeny meeny miny moe, catch a tiger by the toe, if he hollers let him go, eeny meeny miny moe, YOU’RE IT.” We all run as the unlucky one chases after us, behind the red slide of the playground...

The dilemma of being a part of two cultures is a familiar one to many Americans of Indian descent. The Sidekick CHS9 editor Nyah Rama shares her personal struggles with being estranged from her culture. Graphic by Noor Fatima

Diary of a coconut

Nyah Rama, CHS9 Editor September 7, 2023

“N-Y-A-H. Yeah, I know it is spelled weird. It is Swahili.” Every August I have this conversation at least three times a day whether it be with teachers or the new friends I make who have not figured...

Young girls and boys were dressed in the same garments until the 20th century when color began playing a larger role in gender. The Sidekick social media manager Sameeha Syed thinks gender associations cause more harm than good.

Pink is for everyone

Sameeha Syed, Social media manager September 5, 2023

Until the early 20th century, there was no definitive standpoint on which colors were considered feminine and which were masculine in the western world. Young children, both boys and girls, wore simple...

For most students, high school is a time of personal growth as they step into their identity. The Sidekick executive editorial page editor Manasa Mohan reflects on how her time on the staff has led to her finding and becoming confident with her voice.

Senior column: Empowered by expression

Manasa Mohan, Executive Editorial Page Editor May 19, 2023

I like to think I am a fascinating paradox. Miraculously, I’m both talkative and shy. When engaged in conversation with people I know well, my words flow effortlessly. But beneath that seemingly...

Theres no better way to look back on memories than photos. The Sidekick executive design/interactive editor Srihari Yechangunja reminisces on his three years in The Sidekick with a gallery of fun, confusing and fond moments.

Senior column: Coppell, captured

Srihari Yechangunja, Executive Design/Interactive Editor May 19, 2023

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When venturing beyond one’s comfort zone, the first emotion one feels is often negative. The Sidekick entertainment editor Saniya Koppikar reminisces on finding the joy in dealing with uncomfortable situations throughout her time on The Sidekick staff.

Senior column: Learning to love a hassle

Saniya Koppikar, Entertainment Editor May 19, 2023

Creating my application for The Sidekick leadership team (in which the entertainment editor position was, in fact, not included, later turning out as a happy surprise), was, truth be told, a hassle and...

In a whirlwind of different paths, it can be hard to create a set path to complete in life. The Sidekick staff cartoonist Maya Palavali reminisces on her journalistic start and describes a lesson she has learned throughout her time in high school.

Senior column: C’est la vie

Maya Palavali, Staff Cartoonist May 19, 2023

Lying on my bed in the dark, looking at the glow in the dark stars, I think about who I am. Who I’m supposed to be. But, am I happy? Sleep takes my mind away from answering the question. I have...

Mehndi, or henna, is a form of body art often applied for celebratory purposes in South Asian, Middle Eastern and African cultures. The Sidekick’s convergence editor Aliya Zakir appreciates Mehndi for allowing her to re-establish her connection to her identity.

Redefining identity through mehndi

Aliya Zakir, Convergence Editor May 19, 2023

Despite being raised in a traditional South Asian Muslim household, I forced myself to assimilate to societal norms. In a four letter term, I was the epitome of an ABCD (American-Born Confused Desi).  Spicy...

The Sidekick staff writer Tvisha Jindal describes how former fifth grade English teacher Kirsten Chapman at Valley Ranch Elementary introduced her to the idea of writing a letter to herself using futureme.org. Jindal has written a letter to herself every year since eighth grade, illustrating how her goals and passions have evolved.

Letters to a FutureYou

Tvisha Jindal May 19, 2023

My first day of fifth grade was a lonely one. I had just moved from a charter school to a public one, Valley Ranch Elementary, leaving behind six years of history. I vividly remember sitting down in my...

Sports journalism can be a nerve-racking field, conducting interviews and telling engaging stories can be a stressful first-time task for some. The Sidekick staff writer Araceli Reynoso reflects on how the program has accompanied her journey to finding her confidence in her passions through sports journalism.

Senior column: Discovering what I can do in the world of sports

Araceli Reynoso, Staff Writer May 9, 2023

My eyes were glued to the field as I watched Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott throw the ball, completing yet another pass to wide receiver Michael Gallup. He would then go on to catch the ball, running...

A lot of high school students deal with overthinking and it is more widespread than you may think. The Sidekick staff writer Nyah Rama shares her personal experience with overthinking and offers potential ways to overcome the obstacles that come with it.

Inside the mind of an overthinker

Nyah Rama, Staff Writer April 13, 2023

All my life I’ve felt like a duck; on the surface I'm calm and everything looks fine, but under the pitch black water, I'm treading as fast as I can to stay afloat. I’ve been a massive overthinker...

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