• Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    High up in the Ivory Tower

    Hi APC! I’m Francesca, and I live on College Confidential. You laugh, but it’s true: the uncharted wilderness of this website is like when the ruthless contributors of Reddit meet a Wikipedia wormhole. Specifically, I find myself drawn to the terrifying, mesmerizing, and strangely addictive world of the Ivy Leagues.  I am awed by how videos of Harvard acceptance letters go viral on YouTube, how celebrities pay small fortunes to ensure their childrens’ admission, and how those infamous single-digit acceptance rates haunt thousands of high schoolers every year.  Now, let me first make a disclaimer. I neither love nor despise the Ivies; I’m just… fascinated by them. If the college…

  • Art

    Who I Learned to Be

    What’s up, APC! My name is Chelsie Nacelus, a rising junior at Kent Place School, and I am thrilled to be a part of this amazingly inclusive family! I have been dancing since I was about nine years old, and despite how annoyed I was that one summer day to have to sign up for dance classes when my mom and I could have been devouring cold sundaes and comparing creamy mustaches, I am forever grateful to her and have loved doing it ever since. I’ll be the first to admit, however, that the road has not always been smooth. The late-night dance studio sessions where I learned to embrace…

  • Keepin' It Real

    The Cycle

    Hey APC! I’m Isabella Calix and I am a staff writer for APC; I’m actually responsible for translating all the articles on APC to Spanish! I’m a first-year at Smith College, a women’s college in Northampton, Massachusetts and I’m 17 years old. I hope to study public health, biology, sociology, and Latin American Studies in college (I’m undecided on majors). I’m a New Yorker and Latina. My ethnicities, more specifically, is Honduran and Italian. Writing is my favorite hobby. I grew up bilingual and speak both English and Spanish. I spent high school writing and translating my own pieces for my newspaper. Also, I am excited to translate more APC…

  • International Voices,  Keepin' It Real

    Across the Sea

    Hi APC! My name is Ariella Delapena. Most of the time I just go by Ari. I’m 17 and Filipino. I’m Christian and I’m a military child, so obviously I move around often. With that being said, it’s kind of hard for me to explain where I’m from. I was born in Bremerton, Washington and soon after my family and I moved to Temecula, California. I stayed there for half of 3rd grade. For the rest of elementary school, I moved to San Diego, California. I spent my middle school years in Guam. Essentially, I really feel like I grew as a person on that island. Even though it was…

  • Keepin' It Real

    Whole

    Hey ladies! It’s Brooke Solomon! Intersectionality is defined as the “complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect, especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups” (Merriam-Webster). It is a term recently coined by activist and lawyer Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw but its meaning and history are not new.The ideas surrounding intersectionality have existed for as long as social constructs have; however, I was first introduced to the term my freshman year of high school when my English class was reading Octavia Butler’s book Kindred and I was assigned to explore the elements of Black Feminism…

  • Writing

    Melanin Mystique

    Hi APC, my name is Dulanda Saintcyr! Although “Melanin Mystique” is a poem I wrote in the seventh grade, it is a piece that holds true to me today. It has taken me years to love, accept, and cherish my melanin. With this piece, I hope to inspire and encourage other Black women and girls to do the same.   I am a melanin mystique. I live in my skin without fear of critique, for my skin glistens in the sun like an autumn leaf. I love my skin beyond belief. I am a melanin mystique. My skin can be as light as graham cracker crust to as dark as the…