Coppell Student Media

Facing identity crises as a student who moves, reaching out to those who relate

Facing identity crises as a student who moves, reaching out to those who relate

Emma Meehan, Staff Writer

August 30, 2019

Coming back to the United States after spending several years out of the country made me feel like a foreigner at home. The daughter of diplomats, I frequently moved in and out of the country, struggling with adapting to my own culture and what it really meant to be an American.  I lived in Washi...

A scorching experience

A scorching experience

Shravya Mahesh, Entertainment Editor

August 26, 2019

Vacation. I have always related the word with paradise, such as a sunny summer getaway to the Bahamas or the shining sands of Cancun. However, this summer brought me a starkly different definition of the word.  Truthfully, I was excited to go to India. I would finally see my cousins and relati...

How the beauty of my culture helped me embrace it

How the beauty of my culture helped me embrace it

Pramika Kadari, Executive News Editor

May 18, 2019

Nine years ago, my 7-year-old self excitedly climbed onto a school bus for the first time and sat next to a friendly-looking boy. While introducing ourselves to each other, he made a face and said, “your name is really weird”; being the dramatic child I was, I cried to my mother upon returning home that day. I have been embarrassed about my name ever si...

Becoming myself again

Becoming myself again

Umama Suriya, Staff Writer

May 17, 2019

Quiet. She sits there on a desk surrounded by her classmates, silent and looking at her laptop. Trying to work, can’t focus, constantly nodding her head yes to every person who asked her if she was OK. I was born in Pakistan in 2002 and moved to California in 2004, when I was only about 18 months old. Fr...

Saying “I love you” should be embraced, not discouraged

Saying “I love you” should be embraced, not discouraged

Sally Parampottil, Co-Student Life Editor

May 14, 2019

I love saying “I love you.” I say it to my friends and family, my classmates and peers and they always give me, at the very least, a bright smile. It makes them happy to hear. When I hear someone say they love me back, a similar feeling ensues. Yet somehow, people find an issue with the phrase....

Winging it

Winging it

Nicholas Pranske, Executive Sports Editor

May 7, 2019

It was not the turbulence, it was not a weird guy sitting next to me. It was not airport security, it was not even having to wake up at 4 a.m. The strangest thing about my recent flight to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Cailf. was the looks on people’s faces when I told them I am 17 and had nev...

Celebrating teachers as literal superheroes

Celebrating teachers as literal superheroes

Claire Clements, Editorial Page Editor

May 6, 2019

First things first. Teachers deserve the pay of doctors.   Of course, I have to disclose something that just might affect this viewpoint: I have two grandparents, three aunts, three cousins and, perhaps the biggest influence, my mom, April Clements, who are all involved or were involved with edu...

Cringe culture inspires fear, not comedy

Cringe culture inspires fear, not comedy

Ryan Dyke

April 4, 2019

Some of the most popular content on YouTube contains the word “cringe”, for example Top Ten Cringiest Videos and Best Cringe (20XX). They bolster clips of tweens cosplaying, adults singing poorly, teenagers dancing or children stuttering.   These videos are listed as “comedy”, but the effe...

Coming to terms with my natural body image

Coming to terms with my natural body image

Shravya Mahesh, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

If you were to meet me for the first time, the first thing you would probably notice is how skinny I am. At least, this is what my numerous acquaintances, classmates, friends and family members seem to have immediately noticed. I cannot count how many times I have heard someone exclaim how thi...

From Colombia to the U.S.: Not exactly the American dream (with video)

From Colombia to the U.S.: Not exactly the American dream (with video)

Laura Amador-Toro, Staff Photographer

March 18, 2019

Since moving to the U.S., I can’t help but miss Colombia every single day. I remember getting to school early and hearing the birds chirp so pleasantly, as if you were alone in the middle of the forest. There, my friends and I had similar experiences when it came to joining a new school....

What journalism means to me: Improving work ethic leads to heightened passion

What journalism means to me: Improving work ethic leads to heightened passion

Pramika Kadari, Copy Editor

February 24, 2019

After being assigned my first Sidekick story in September 2017, I basically forgot about it - until former Sidekick entertainment editor Kelly Wei, who is now serving as editor-in-chief, confronted me for missing my deadline a week later.   Somehow, I was genuinely confused about why she cared ...

Lasting impression: how journalism has impacted me, allowed me to find my own story

Lasting impression: how journalism has impacted me, allowed me to find my own story

Sofia Guerrero, Co-Student Life Editor

February 23, 2019

It was freshman year, and I had to make a decision. I was currently in Principles of Arts, A/V Tech and Communications, and I was having trouble choosing between the newspaper and the broadcast course.   Both intrigued me for different reasons, but it was journalism as a whole that excite...