Grades, friends, competition: They stress our high schoolers more than you might think

This was originally published on the Iowa Watch website. It also ran in The Gazette on Monday April 20, front page below the fold, and was posted on The Gazette website and Des Moines Register website. I co-wrote it with Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Marta Leira, Alex Carlon and Kailey Gee. Our work was edited by LyleContinue reading “Grades, friends, competition: They stress our high schoolers more than you might think”

Competing for so many reasons in high school, not all of them good

This was originally published on the Iowa Watch website. I co-wrote it with Jesse Hausknecht-Brown and our work was edited by Lyle Muller. High school sophomores and juniors around the country check what they received when preliminary scholastic aptitude test scores — better known as PSAT scores — are posted in December.  The “what did you get?”Continue reading “Competing for so many reasons in high school, not all of them good”

Tackling procrastination

One hour and forty-eight minutes. Last time I checked that was the average time I spent a day on Instagram in the past week. I knew I had wasted time absentmindedly scrolling through the Instagram explore page, a quicksand pit that has consistently swallowed up my time, but seeing the actual number with a graph toContinue reading “Tackling procrastination”

From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform

Originally posted on September 20, 2018. View the West Side Story post with art by Emma Hall here. He was given a 3×3 Rubik’s cube eight years ago. With a few twists it could go from a colorful mess to an organized block of color. He became fascinated with turning the scrambled squares back intoContinue reading “From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform”