by Julia Bohnen ’24
Each Humans of WPGA volume showcases short profiles of students who attend our school. Aimed at bringing our community closer, we hope that HOWPGA allows you to see inside the lives of students attending our school and encourages you to seek connections with people you’ve yet to meet. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet a new friend, or a few!
This past year, the Wolfington Post leadership team consisted of Emma Miao ‘22, Stephanie Hai ‘22 and Rubi Katz ‘22. As they say goodbye to the school and the Post, they responded to some departing questions. Here are their reflections:
Q: To summarize your time with the newspaper over your high school years, which three words are most characteristic of your experience?
Emma: Community. Exploration. Motivation. I think being a writer, then editor and eventually EIC of Wolfington Post gave me such a wonderful community of writers who are passionate about their craft and telling stories about this school and beyond. This newspaper is the efforts of so many here at WPGA, which makes this platform so special, and as EIC I’ve given a lot of thought into how to better unify our wolfpack through writing. I’ve been a part of Wolfington for 3 years now, and I’ve done a lot of exploring and soul-searching during that time. I’ve noticed that my styles and my themes have matured, more precise. I’ve grown as a writer and as a thinker, and I credit a lot of that growth to WP. Lastly, Wolfington motivated me to experiment with Longform article writing, while keeping me on a deadline. I appreciated that it kept me writing regularly.
Stephanie: Ambitious, fulfilling, and wholesome.
Rubi: Pivotal because I never would have thought that I would like writing because I don’t like writing poetry or analyzing Shakespeare (sorry McCullough and McGee), but I have loved writing articles about lifestyle and doing reviews. Rewarding, because Wolfington has allowed me to become friends with people across all grades from Tess Blake ’20 to Julia (me)! Finally, tired: Wolfington post meetings used to be at 7:30am, and I am not a morning person, so I was always half asleep at meetings. I am also a big procrastinator so I would always be writing my articles super late at night right before the due date. Again, half asleep.
Q: What advice would you give aspiring writers considering joining the Post?
Emma: You should definitely do it! Writing for the Wolfington may be daunting at first, but it’s a truly transformative experience. You’ll see the impact of your words on teachers, students, and even the administration. It’s a unique platform to share your voice and your stories with the student body and beyond, and if you have any interest at all in writing, please join. As well, if you want to write a column or specialize in a topic not yet covered at the Post, please reach out to the students in charge and they’ll likely create one for you!
Stephanie: For aspiring writers, or even students who are hesitant to join the Post, I could not recommend this club enough! I’m definitely not the best writer and have terrible grammar skills, but I used the Post to collaborate with my friends and write funny articles that I thought would brighten up the school community. The cool thing about student newspapers is that you can literally write whatever you want, from political commentary or dating at WPGA. It’s really just up to what you to write what you want to see documented at WPGA. Even if you end up only writing one article a year, it’s still something tangible to look back on and see what you were able to document.
Rubi: Even if you don’t love writing, give it a go. I started my journey not being very strong with writing so I stuck to writing list-like articles for my first few years. I would also recommend writing about something you’re passionate about. For example, I wrote a column called Wellness Wall where I posted wellness tips and thoughts. If anyone wants to start this back up please do!!
Q: What are your hopes for the future of the Wolfington Post?
Emma: I hope the Wolfington expands and gains more traction among the student body in coming years! I also think it’s a particularly effective platform to advocate for institutional reform through student voice, and I’d like to see more utilization of the Post in this context. Lastly, I’d love to see a physical edition lying on a UCCC table when I come back to visit next year 🙂
Stephanie: I’m really excited to come back and visit next year to see all the cool new initiatives happening at the Wolfington Post. The leadership team next year has some awesome things coming up, and I think it’s very exciting for them to do the things we weren’t able to accomplish this year. The one thing I hope for the future is that the diversity of articles still represent the student voice. Obviously, a newspaper needs to have serious reflections on pertinent topics, but make sure there’s still the next generation of Brain Cell Banter or Late Night Thoughts with Lu. WPGA operates on a level of trollness, and I think this should always be reflected on what we write on 🙂
Rubi: I hope the Wolfington Post continues to increase its number of writers, editors, and articles are written. Maybe even teachers will write for it? A collab with junior school? I am excited to read everything published next year in the Wolfington Post and see it flourish under the leadership of Jenny, Michelle, and Emma!
Keep an eye out for Jenny Jia ‘23, Michelle Lin ‘23, and Emma Aranda ‘24 as they are the 2022-23 leaders of the Wolfington Post.
Have a great summer, and until next year!
Humans of WPGA is inspired by Humans of New York, a project started in 2010 with the aim to give the world a view into the lives of strangers living in New York City. With over 20 million followers, this account has initiated a new style of journalism that intimately connects readers with people they’ve never met before.