Category: Opinions

Transition to Crystal: Old Student v. New

By: Maddie E. (’21) , Meghna M. (’21) , Sabrina H. (’21)
When I stepped off of the shuttle in front of the mansion on the first day of school, I was immediately struck with a sense of familiarity… but also a slight sense of nervousness. This was the first time since the earliest moments of 6th grade that I’d been on the Crystal campus without knowing what was about to happen next. For the past three years, I’d gotten used to my classes, teachers, and friendships; now, my beloved routine was about to be  kicked to the curb. I’ll be honest, my mind was prepared for the worst.

How to Reduce Your STRESS!

By: Caitlin R. (’20)
Have you ever been stressed? Me too. Considering we go to Crystal, I wouldn’t be surprised if almost every student here has experienced feeling overwhelmed by homework, sports, and everything in general. In order to keep my stress levels down, I use some stress-reducing techniques that really help me and can help you too.

Words of Wisdom from Juniors and Seniors

By: Ella R. (’19)
At Crystal, we are lucky to receive an excellent education while still being encouraged to try a huge variety of activities. Sometimes, though, it can be rather challenging to find a balance between everything we do. Searching for some words of wisdom from experienced Gryphons, I spoke with juniors Kevin C., Natalie H. and Tara A., and seniors Jennifer A., Eliana F., and Nicky M. to hear about their experiences at Crystal and what they’ve learned over the years. Keep reading to find out what they have to say about sports, talking to teachers, and the importance of taking time to relax.

Putting the “Fun” into Finals

By: Amy Z. (’19)
Are you a first-timer freshman freaking out over finals? Or a seasoned junior proudly pulling that all-nighter on review weekend? Maybe you’re totally ready to slay that history multiple choice but still wringing your hands at the idea of four passage analyses in 25 minutes? Whoever you are, however you feel about finals, here are a few Gryphon-approved strategies for tackling finals.

Why I Run

By: Ella R. (’19)
Last week, a family friend was talking to my mom and me about her son, who is a member of his school’s track team. She showed us pictures of him finishing a race, his face contorted with the unbridled effort of a final push. Another image of him, this time at the starting line, captured a wild glimmer in his eyes and a half-smile on his lips that undoubtedly accepted the challenge of the impending 1600 meters. We all laughed at his intensity, and our friend explained that her son loved competition.

5 Truths about College-Touring

By: Gabrielle L. (’18)
College tours may be a lot of fun and a great experience, but they can also involve a lot of effort and work. From my own experience recently, this effort entailed catching 5 planes in a span of 4 days and attending countless info-sessions with the obligatory corny jokes and undeniably similar advice on applications; touring institutes of higher education is definitely both a noteworthy and stressful experience. Keep reading to find out 5 things that all students who have gone on college tours know to be true!

Community Forum: A New Student’s Perspective

By: Gabrielle L. (’18)
During this year’s Community Forum, students, teachers, and parents shared brave and personal discussions regarding mental health. The forum focused “on finding ways to combat stigma, provide resources, and normalize conversations around mental health” to support everyone in the Crystal community in feeling “like their authentic selves.” Last week three panels of student and teachers shared their experiences with mental health in impactful ways to audiences of Upper School students, Middle School students and the parent community, followed by a gallery walk of various art installations on the theme of mental illness and stigma.