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My Junior Year, Bay Area, College Road Trip

By Jasmine “Jazzy” Contile, who is entering her senior year at High Tech High International high school in San Diego. This blog shares how she approached the ultimate question for high school juniors: where do I want to apply to college? There’s just one way to find out: road trip!   |  When I heard about the San Francisco or, as we called it, “Bay Area Trip” that my junior class of 100 students (give or take) would be embarking on, I...

Highway to He$%: Road Trip with No WiFi AND Parents?

  Let’s all jump in the car and DRIVE somewhere. As a family. Together. We’ll sing songs. We’ll play games, like charades. We’ll share and bond and grow closer than ever–just kids and their parents. Oh, and by the way, there may or may not be wi-fi. “LET’S GO!,” said no teen or tween. EVER. But this is exactly the adventure one family–two dads, two teen daughters–embarked on as they headed up (and down) the California coast. Antics ensued. Read...

A Day at Magic Mountain: the Ultimate Roller Coaster Theme Park

By Sabina Benson Eighth-grader at Roosevelt International Baccalaureate Middle School in San Diego |  Looking for a day of peace and relaxation? Well, Six Flags Magic Mountain isn’t the place for you. Located just north of Los Angeles in Valencia, Magic Mountain is a theme park full of thrill rides, roller coasters and, in October, scares and monsters. I just went for the first time, and I genuinely had a blast and intend to go there many more times in...