Mallika Seshadri

Mallika Seshadri

Mallika Seshadri is the opinion editor for her school paper, The Mustang. She is also a Los Angeles Times HS Insider Student Advisory Board member.
Stop. Read the shampoo bottle.

Stop. Read the shampoo bottle.

Driving down Santa Fe after sundown several years ago, my mom and I were stopped by man standing on the median waving his arms. We braked and asked what happened. He told us, in a panicked voice, that a litter of kittens had been abandoned there, in the median, and...

Project trio plays vivo

Project trio plays vivo

When flutist Greg Pattillo chose to play the flute, he didn’t know what it sounded like. As a fourth grader, Pattillo decided to pursue flute in his elementary school band after reading a brochure with pictures and descriptions of different musical instruments. “Me...

Prioritize people over profit

Prioritize people over profit

As one of 3 million people in the United States with celiac disease, it’s rare to go out and grab a bite with friends because so few places are properly certified gluten free. Before formal, I thought I was going to add another restaurant to my list of go-to's. I was...

#teenstoo experience sexual harassment

#teenstoo experience sexual harassment

As she left for a friend's house to work on her Halloween costume, a San Dieguito Academy (SDA) student was followed by a man in his early 20s, who constantly elevator-eyed her. “It just felt so disgusting,” said the girl who wished to remain anonymous. “After he...

A red light on human trafficking

A red light on human trafficking

With human trafficking becoming more frequently discussed on social media, according to San Dieguito Academy counselor Ann Nebolon, Academy students decided to take action.   The Amnesty International club is conducting a signature drive advocating for increased...

The literature we study at school needs to be diversified

The literature we study at school needs to be diversified

Before we started studying works of literature in school-- not counting being read stories aloud-- I was always drawn to strong-willed, intelligent and book-loving female characters who advocated for what they thought was right. When I was 5 years old and in my Disney...

Immigration & adoption

Immigration & adoption

When her future parents first laid eyes her, Kiran Mapes, 20, was leaning on the side of her crib at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage in Delhi, India, observing everything. Soon deciding to welcome the baby to their family, Mapes’ adopted parents brought her to the United...

The literature we study at school needs to be diversified

The Old Globe’s new take on ‘Hamlet’

When I walked into The Old Globe’s outdoor theater on a misty Sunday night to see Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” I immediately noticed a set that seemed to have been rolled off a new, edgy musical’s stage. There were two simple metal structures, each two stories tall, that...