I’ll be starting senior year of high school on a bittersweet note

So much for looking forward to senior year being the time of my life.

I’m sure the last hurrah of high school is much more of an enigma than most people care to admit, but those who’ve already lived through it didn’t also have to deal with the anxiety of a global pandemic, or the extreme isolation that comes with it. I’ll be applying for colleges without the comfort of summer camp, the annual senior night at a theme park, or whatever else is considered a classic high school experience, something I may never see fully for myself.

I’d developed…

Picking ourselves up the day after the Capitol coup

Today, January 7th, 2021, 1:33 a.m., I hauled myself out of my room after scrolling through Twitter, then Instagram, then Twitter, then Instagram again to make macaroni and cheese. I didn’t have the resolve to leave my bed for around three hours despite the fact that I was starving, but I’m not new to that concept. Neurodivergence, baby.

I hobbled over, Smeagol-like, to pour rotini into my pot of boiling water like I had never seen food before. It’s hard to pick yourself up after hours of destructive behavior, but it’s necessary. If I don’t make the macaroni and cheese…

Traditional art produces more waste than you think.

I was, as far-fetched as it sounds, hot-glue-ing various childhood trinkets to a sparkly purple box when I realized that most art takes up a lot of materials. I’ve been drawing since before I could write my name, and hence my room is stacked high with war-torn sketchbooks, spiral-bounds, and endless sheets of printer paper. Many artists share this story.

Also, I went through a lot of hot glue sticks to make that box.

It got me wondering — how much waste have I produced as an artist in my lifetime? I always use reusable cotton pads, silicon ziplock bags…

Sharing opinions online is a growing industry, and it’s giving Millennials and Gen Z the platform that their ancestors didn’t have.

I can safely say that I am addicted to offering my opinions online. Don’t get me wrong, I am a very busy person. I’m like that white dad on vacation: the trunk is packed to the absolute brim with things that I may or may not need, but I’m still grabbing the bungee cord I’ve had since 1987 so I can strap on that one extra thing that yes, Barb, we will need. Just in case!

For me, it’s Instagram — particularly the story feature.

I always turn the background all one color — usually a light blue, pink, or…

Kaia Ross

High school senior who always has something to say. Activist, artist, musician, lifelong Girl Scout…and writer, of course. She/her.

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