By Grace Ang
Hot chocolate, leaves like leaping flames, crisp air and snuggly sweaters. That’s what I think off when I look outside my window. As winter creeps into Shanghai, people are discarding their flip-flops for UGGS, and tossing their tank tops for V neck-sweaters. For a while we had lace-up leather sneakers, cropped sweaters and ankle length maxis in fall. But now we’ve transitioned into the season of thick,royal coats,This week, students at SAS have commented on their winter shopping experiences and favorite classic winter pieces.
For most, winter has hidden the inner fashionista. It is as Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Students are trading in their flamboyant summer pieces for “conveniently fashionable” pieces for the winter.
“My staple item for the Winter are boots!” Angella Qian, a senior, exclaimed, while gesturing to her slightly worn out, twin-face sheepskin Brown UGGS boots speckled with unraveling tiny, brown threads.
Qian also went on to state her favorite winter accessory: The Infinity Scarf.
“They’re cozy and fashionable at the same time,” she said smiling from ear to ear.
Kris Li also shared her favorite winter article to stay warm during the winter. “I would always go with a Shawlneck or a cozy sweater,” she remarked, shrugging.
Lillian Xue, says one of her favorite winter shopping locations is a local Chinese store called “Tang Tang,,” which has an online outlet on Taobao as well as a physical one in the vendor’s home. “
Adding to the long list of exotic places to buy winter clothes, Yewon Shin mentioned her best winter shopping experience in Seoul, Garosu Gill, a beautiful promenade adorned with rows of golden gingko trees. Due to its wide array of chic open studios, cafes, restaurants and fashion shops, it is popular choice among citizens and foreign tourists alike.
“A lot of celebrities go there- I’ve actually seen Kim C and other celebrities’ vans before.”
By Prashanth Ramakrishna
Talks about college travel through the main high school corridor of SAS. Everyone from near-graduating seniors, to the newly arrived freshmen are talking, and starting last week, grade 11 counselors have begun meeting with juniors to discuss colleges. The sound of exasperation and annoyance could be heard in every 11th grade homeroom. Everything we’ve done over the past 16 years of our lives, all-leading up to one pinnacle point in our lives, right before exams.
Upon questioning ten random 11 graders, six of the ten students have already begun looking at colleges, and of those six students, four have spent their previous summer touring several colleges. Although many would say that the fact that their counselors are giving them advice about what to look for in a college when looking for a ‘good fit’, there are those who don’t see it the same way.
“It’s hardly helped so far, I already knew most of what they told me,” Says Konstantinos Chatziparaskevas, “It was interesting, and informational but not too helpful.”
Chatziparaskevas has started looking for colleges over the summer by visiting around 10 different colleges in the UK, and continues to look for a college in Europe.
While some people find the meetings pointless, and even annoying, there are others who believe that despite nearing exams, and stress levels shooting sky-high, discussing their future isn’t such a bad thing right now. In a call with Lucas Arndt, the soccer enthusiast and IBD student says that he’s started looking at colleges, however he hasn’t done a lot just yet.
“Yeah, I mean I visited a few colleges over the summer and I try to visit the colleges that go to our school.”
Lucas goes on to say that he believes talking to the counselors has “put in perspective the different types of colleges as well as their lifestyles and tuition rate”, and like most families, Lucas believes that his parents will support whatever choice he makes when applying.
Every year, right before winter break, and right before the end of the year, colleges become the talk of the town. There must be some reason to all this madness, some logic to this chaos. But for now, we’ll resort to listening to our counselors no matter how fun, or how mind numbing it’ll get.