Alyssa Ho

Alyssa Ho

My name is Alyssa and I attend CSArts High School Creative Writing Conservatory. Besides writing, I enjoy traveling, solving puzzles, robotics, watching movies, swimming, and (of course) reading.
Performing for change

Performing for change

At only two years old, Summer Ruyle, a freshman in the Musical Theater Conservatory at the California School of the Arts, had memorized the entire score to the musical "Annie." Growing up, her parents would play the soundtrack, but it was Ruyle who kept it playing on...

Spreading kindness the CSArts way

Spreading kindness the CSArts way

School confession pages are a widely used digital platform in which people can post opinions and questions anonymously. However, most users abusively use this platform to post the latest gossip and hate against a fellow student or group. At the California School of...

A Shadow Onstage

A Shadow Onstage

The props. The lightning. The sound. Unseen by the audience, these small details on stage are all being lead by a team of black shadows and a manager screaming into her headset. “If you don’t see us, it means we did our job right,” said Jenny Austin, a sophomore at...

Three projects, three Ph.D. students, three women

Three projects, three Ph.D. students, three women

In the Disney movie Big Hero 6, the main character Hiro visits a college called the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. There, he is in awe of all the new gadgets and technology the students are inventing. Although in today’s world we do not have “electro mag...

The right kind of motivation

The right kind of motivation

Although known for his lead in the school musical "Pippin" and by his outgoing personality, Christian Dorey, a sophomore in the Musical Theater Conservatory at the California School of the Arts was once a completely different person. With his friendly hugs and high...

Growing to love piano

Growing to love piano

“I really didn’t like to play piano,” said Seraphini Wang, a sophomore at the California School of the Arts in the Instrumental Music Conservatory, who now spends on average two hours a day at school playing piano. Wang said her mom made her play it at the age of...

UC Chicago: A College For You?

UC Chicago: A College For You?

According to the official University of Chicago (UChicago) website, the school "empowers individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas.” Although this may seem as your average college advertisement, this statement was not wrong to the...

From Shy to Shining Actress

From Shy to Shining Actress

At 5-years-old, Victoria Elizabeth Newman was painfully shy and awkward. Concerned, her mother thought it’d be best to just shove her into the water and see if she could swim; she decided to put her daughter as the role of “Rose” in the production of "Annie" with the...

First-year students reflect on their first weeks

First-year students reflect on their first weeks

During the second week of school, once everyone became situated with their conservatory classes, I went around campus asking new students and new faculty this one question: How is CSArts different than what you expected it to be? Here were their answers:

COSMOS Summer Program: A win for everyone involved

COSMOS Summer Program: A win for everyone involved

From music and technology to synthetic biology and robotics engineering, COSMOS has everything STEAM has to offer. This summer program is a four-week camp featured at four different college campuses: UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and UC San Diego. There, high...