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“The birth lottery is this idea that says when you're born, you have no determination to decide which family you're born into … It's like a lottery. You can’t control where you're born or what circumstances you end up in, or what you want to do. I'd like the ability to change that up — it's worth it,” Krishay Mukhija (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Details make a difference

by Heidi Lu and Ananya Sriram April 15, 2021

Dressed in a polished and refined suit accentuated by a striped blue tie, Krishay Mukhija (12) focuses on the boy in front of him who is buttoning the cuffs of a crisp white shirt. Watching the boy fix...

“Being able to convey my emotions to an audience and being vulnerable to a group of people are aspects that I've grown in regarding dance. Learning how to take risks is a skill that has followed me outside of dance. There have been a lot of struggles throughout my years of dancing, but it has really taught me how to be persistent and resilient even when things get tough,” Karina Chen (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Dual discoveries

by Helen Zhu, TALON Managing Editor April 15, 2021

Minutes before her number is called, Karina Chen (12) puts on her headphones and presses “play.” Listening to the music of her upcoming routine, she envisions herself on stage, deliberately selecting...

“I love to make people laugh or smile or try to brighten up their day, just a little bit. That's probably one of my favorite things to do. I’ve really enjoyed the brief interactions that I've had with everyone. I’ve known some of [my classmates] for 13 years now. It's kind of hard to not like them, even a little bit,” Ryan Tobin (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Soccer savant

by Tanya Karpinchyk and Sydney Ling April 15, 2021

Wearing a deep green Harker jersey and blue cleats, Ryan Tobin (12) sprints to his opponent, getting closer and closer to the soccer ball. The crowd sits on the bleachers of Davis Field, watching anxiously,...

“I'm someone who overthinks a lot of things, but the one thing in my life that I don't overthink is why I do the things I do. It's more like I do them to the best of my ability — how can I learn the most of [what] I somehow stumbled upon. You make the best of what you have. It goes back to the idea of spontaneity and living in the moment,” Arusha Patil (12) said.

Humans of Harker: A world of facets

by Sara Yen, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief April 15, 2021

“It’s either a good time or a good story.”  Whether lost in the countryside of Peru, stuck in a blizzard in Iceland or captivated by a Buddhist temple in San Francisco, Arusha Patil (12) lives...

“The issue I see today is that pioneers aren’t really recognized. Do you know who invented the keyboard? I have no idea who did that. And we all use the keyboard today. So shouldn’t that be incredibly important? Shouldn’t we remember these things? I want to be the guy who makes people remember that. Remember why we have the things we have in the world, and how we got there,” N Wang (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Seeking common ground

by Trisha Iyer, Reporter April 14, 2021

Since he was a freshman, N Wang (12) has been creating a digital map of Silicon Valley with a specific purpose: sharing the Bay Area’s history. His vision is for the map to provide easier access to the...

“It's amazing the conversations that you can have [while volunteering] and the different perspectives that you can experience with these random people that you've never met before. Whether it be the people you're serving, or other volunteers, [by] going in and trying to be a little extroverted and make conversation, you can make these new connections and learn so much more about the world and the community around you,” John Lynch (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Reaching in and reaching out

by Emma Gao and Olivia Xu April 14, 2021

In this chaotic world of online learning and irregular schedules, it is easy to lose track of time in a busy day of Zoom classes. Luckily, Harker students and faculty alike can rely on the Harker Bell...

“I realized I wasn’t being my true self [in middle school]. I was putting myself in a box. I used to be really intentional with the words that I was saying, but once I got open [as] I grew up, I lost that need to be completely filtered. That’s one of the best changes that has ever happened to me, just growing more confident,” Elaine Zhai (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Finding comfort in the uncomfortable

by Shreya Srinivasan, TALON Co-Editor-in-Chief April 14, 2021

Upbeat music drowns out the sound of the starting engine as Elaine Zhai (12) backs her car out of the driveway. Turning out of her neighborhood, she navigates the streets of Saratoga, making her way to...

“Art is really important because it can celebrate the thoughts of an individual or an entire community, and it can express any kind of emotion, from joy to addressing major issues going on. Or it can just be for fun—something decorative to make the world a prettier place. Every piece of art makes the world a better place and a more connected place,” Maria Teplova (12) said.

Humans of Harker: A true craftswoman

by Arely Sun, Winged Post Lifestyle Editor and Social Media Editor April 14, 2021

A broad canvas, bordered with shiny black tape, sprawls across a mint green wall. On it, a tangle of gray pencil lines delineates the outlines of several robots, and streaks of brown acrylic paint begin...

“A large part of how I grow, especially when I'm interacting with other people, is through being a good listener. I like being a listener, too; I've learned a lot from listening to other people. Listening seems really simple, but you can contribute a lot to someone else by just being a good listener, whether it's support or learning from them,” Betsy Tian (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Diving deep for understanding

by Emily Tan, Winged Post Features Editor April 12, 2021

As president of the research club, avid researcher and book-lover, it’s no wonder that Betsy Tian (12) loves learning. In fact, “loves” isn’t even a strong enough word to encompass her unconditional...

“Being part of a team has always been my favorite part … we’ve basically grown up together, and it's pretty awesome. We also schedule a million team bonding days to hang out or go somewhere, because it’s important that you’re able to get along off the field,” Sarah Baicher (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Every kick matters

by Heidi Lu and Medha Yarlagadda April 12, 2021

A perfect pass from one of her teammates, and the ball was in her possession. With her eyes focused on the goal and her heart racing, Sarah Baicher (12) took a deep breath and propelled the ball past the...

“I've always been observant of what other people are feeling and I've always wanted to help people. Experiencing my own struggles made me really understand what it feels like. I just want to make sure no one feels alone, no one should feel that way,” Vidya Jeyendran (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Soundtrack of soft science

by Sydney Ling and Katelyn Zhao April 12, 2021

The charcoal sultry 3 a.m. track of Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” dances against the patter of rain as Vidya Jeyendran (12) sits at her desk.  When Vidya found herself in the confines of her home due...

Humans of Harker: Unity and grace

by Claire Luo and Katie Reed April 9, 2021

Her feet lightly gliding over the smooth floor of the dance room, Elaine Xiao (12) gracefully makes her way across the wood in a series of quick movements. Her body sways in tune with the song, moving...

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