Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
APPLYING TO COLLEGE is a difﬁcult process, and it’s often impossible to understand what goes on inside the minds of admissions officers. Story to College—an organization whose mission is to aid students’ writing of college essays through the creative process of storytelling—visited us last weekend to help our students ﬁnd unique stories that will guide them through the college process and beyond.
TGS students already wrote personal memoirs in Thailand, so they were uniquely equipped to deepen their writing skills in this weekend-long workshop. In small groups and as a community, we shared important moments from our lives, recorded and transcribed them. We also used the writer’s process to edit these moments and turn them into evocative and realistic narratives that are sure to attract the attention of college admissions ofﬁcers worldwide.
This week, students are completing the process through Skype conferencing with the dedicated Story to College staff. This will ensure that they take their essays through the ﬁnal stages and give themselves a head-start in the application process.