The Spectrum

Frustration on Registration

Frustration on Registration

Catherine Barry, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under Column, OPINIONS

Concerned students’ faces rush around to find their deans during the time frame of the few weeks when course registration is open. They desperately attempt to select classes while taking into account their interests and the ‘harder’ classes such as APs and Honors they wish to take. Choosing ...

Ninth graders recognize premature college anxiety

Maia Schifman and Maggie Seidel, Staff Writers

November 28, 2018


Filed under OPINIONS

The common desire of many Blake students to receive admission to a top-tier college creates stress that begins much earlier than the college application process. Underclassmen are already focused on the formal college process and preparation for a college resume. The objective of achieving at the ...

Leave the stress at home

Leave the stress at home

Penelope Winton, Opinions Editor

March 20, 2016


Filed under Comedy, OPINIONS, STUDENT LIFE

Spring break is meant to be a time of relaxation: a time to set back the clocks in your brain before fourth quarter puts them into double time. So why is it that every time I lounge on the couch watching Netflix, or tan by the pool, I find myself pondering third quarter grades and how I did on my last...

Escapism: Our unwitting superpower

Escapism: Our unwitting superpower

Eva Berezovsky, Staff Writer

March 19, 2016


Filed under OPINIONS

Sometimes you don't even need to get out of your seat to escape school.

Embellishing on College Applications

Embellishing on College Applications

Katya Tobak, Copy Editor

November 20, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS

“Reporting activities can help a college better understand your life outside of the classroom. Your activities may include arts, athletics, clubs, employment, personal commitments, and other pursuits. Do you have any activities that you wish to report?” So reads the activities section listed on ...

First quarter qualities

Martha Lucas and Kaja Bingam, Contributing Writers

November 2, 2015


Filed under STUDENT LIFE

Amid a bluster of sports events, dropping temperatures, and falling leaves, students are settling into the new school year.  Every student has a different mentality going into the first quarter, and the resulting ups and downs of the school  year can vary. When asked about this year’s homework loa...

Staff Editorial: Overworked and stressed

Staff Editorial: Overworked and stressed

Sam Gittleman, Opinions Editor

October 30, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS

Posted up in the new English wing lounge, a group of ninth graders, merely ankle-deep in the maelstrom of high school, illustrates the heaviness of a Blake student’s course load; there is evidence of long nights, limited time for extracurriculars, and minimal time to breathe. “I have had no sleep....

Pressure forces students to crave extra time

Pressure forces students to crave extra time

Anneliese Moore, Managing Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS

For students who view college as a crucial step towards a successful career, choosing the right college creates an inordinate amount of pressure. As a result, an industry has been created: standardized test preparation. Not only do students and their families spend money on buying SAT or ACT preparatory...

Dogs relieve stress

Dogs relieve stress

Lucy Nelson, Arts and Culture Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

“I think we have a serious problem lurking here at Blake- That’s right, our student body has no dogs.” Christopher Chute ‘13 stated in his senior speech. Although he presented his speech in a humorous manner, Chute was definitely onto something. Looking past the slobber, bad smell, and const...

Students increasingly depend on caffeine

Students increasingly depend on caffeine

Isabel Hall, Features Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

They’re everywhere: beverages that promise to keep you energized, revved and alert. Caffeine, whether it be the TAZO tea offered in the lunch room, the coffee maker next to it, or the vast variety of soda offered in the vending machines, is easily accessible at Blake and many Blake students have...

Escaping the procrastination trap

Escaping the procrastination trap

Katya Tobak, Contributing Writer

October 31, 2013


Filed under STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

What is the first thing that a student will do on a typical Friday night? Rarely will a student come home, sit down, and work on all their homework on Friday night after school. The most common scenario is a student leaving all of their school work for a late Sunday night. Why do students do this? Even...

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