Editor's Note: Fall Issue

After a 3 month hiatus, SPARKS is up and running again! With everyone dragging themselves back to classes, we decided to dedicate this month’s issue to those easing themselves into their daily routines. Could we have thought of an even more cliche theme? Anyhow, in all seriousness, everyone has forgotten the significance of going to school. We all dread going back to school, the elation of learning has been completely drained out of us due to overloading coursework, agitating classmates, coercing teachers and the cynical list goes on. We forget how blessed we are to have been given the opportunity to see the world in ways 70 million kids might never be able to. So the next time school’s got you feeling wretched just remember these 70 million kids who would give an arm and a leg to be in your position. School is definitely an arduous journey, but it shouldn’t be. We are the ones who allow ourselves to believe that school is nothing but a chore. If this mindset could be erased and if we could just appreciate the joy of learning, going back to school wouldn’t be as much of a vexation as it is. 

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. 
- Maya Angelou

Photograph | Beatrice Ong


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