Rachel Bernstein

Rachel Bernstein

Say YA(Y) for Young Adult Literature

Say YA(Y) for Young Adult Literature

When people see teenagers in the wild, also known as the world outside their home, they create a checklist in their mind: the phone, the bored look, and the vacant eyes. Nowadays, there is a record scratch moment to that checklist. Bibliophilic teenagers are emerging...

A word on the Class of 2018

A word on the Class of 2018

March was a series of questions: “Have you heard from (insert college of your choice here) yet?” “Are you committed?” “Did you apply ED, EA, or RD?” “So few people college got accepted there anyway.” There is a reason that so few got accepted to any sort of college...

How happy are the holidays?

How happy are the holidays?

Flashing lights, incessant music, and family get-togethers are all hallmarks of the average holiday season, however, what lies not too far beyond the surface of dazzling decorations on the front lawn is the stress caused when the holiday season strikes back.  ...

An ode to the teenager

An ode to the teenager

“Oh, how I wish I could go back to high school!” It’s a sentiment heard from many who feel that their youth has passed them by. They miss the slam of the locker doors, the chatter that emerges from classrooms the minute the bell has rung, and the sheer possibility of...

My message: Promote kindness in a world ruled by fear

My message: Promote kindness in a world ruled by fear

Dear future president, As you ascend the podium as the next President of the United States of America, I ask you to keep my family safe. I’m the great-grandchild of immigrants who fled countries where they were horribly persecuted because of their Judaism. It’s...