Written by Miriam Samuel. Edited by Shreya Saha and Lasya Ramakrishnan.
Artwork by Lily Lee.
One day, I woke up.
I stared at the ceiling and listened to the noise from the streets below– the rush of cars, the occasional honk, the slight pitter-patter of rain on my window. It was time to get out of bed, get clean, and start the day.
It was time to go to work. I didn’t bother to look outside the window; I knew exactly what it looked like. Drab and grey. Slow and dark. Monotonous and heavy.
Written by Maha Ashraf. Edited by Ehsas Kakkar and Nicole Guan.
Artwork by Blossom Neo.
It was a school night on an insignificant March day when we received the email: ‘Due to the new coronavirus pandemic, your child will have two weeks off of school to quarantine.’ Instantaneously, my heart soared. The final year of school is never easy: each day brought more due dates, stress, and the relentless anxiety of performance. I was ecstatic, to say the least, to be at home and to finally, finally, have the time to recharge and lift the weight of expectation off my shoulders. I was adamant that I’d have a fresh start when I came back. But more importantly, I was excited to be able to relax and temporarily remove myself from an environment that I had believed was toxic.
Written by Aniket Duggal. Edited by Eden Gringart and Rachelle Kasilag.
Artwork by Thanh Le.
Crowds of people came together, protesting the government mandates. Thousands of signs demanded immediate reform and challenged authority, almost deafening in its intensity. The air was thick with spit, sweat and tears. I was helplessly dragged by the crowd and could only pathetically stare down at the sign my parents had shoved into my hand before joining the protest—NO MASK MANDATES!
Written by Amy Kim. Edited by Lasya Ramakrishnan and Ehsas Kakkar.
Artwork by Thanh Le.
Trigger Warning: Eating Disorders
As Chloe Ting workouts were sweeping the nation in March, I was sweeping out my refrigerator instead. In the first few weeks of quarantine, even Google Classroom notifications couldn’t persuade me to abdicate my throne in front of the fridge. After all, my finger-licking subjects were patiently awaiting my arrival into their fluorescent light-washed kingdom.
Written by Antonia Grosoiu. Edited by Amelia Zawadzka and Isabella Romine.
Artwork by Aerielle Ong.
The title might sound cliché but you will understand its meaning after reading this short but inspiring narrative.
At the start of 2020, I had plans … a lot of them. I was supposed to go to college, start my “own” responsible life, and live independently. That all sounded amazing to me. What 18-year-old wouldn’t want to live without their parents? However, I learned that, in only a couple of months, things can change drastically.
Conducted by Maha Ashraf. Edited by Rissa Kei Chua.
Cover image design by Thanh Le
Maha Ashraf, one of Momentum Magazine’s content writers, conducted an interview with Palis (Fresh) Pisuttisarun, the co-founder of Prism Chat – a free, anonymous chat support system for members of the LGBTQ+ community. In this interview, Fresh answers the how’s, what’s, and why’s of Prism Chat.
Written by Sindhuja Darisipudi. Edited by Tanae Rao and Shreya Saha.
Artwork by Aerielle Ong.
October 10th, 2019, 1:40 PM: I shuffled my way into my school’s Theory of Knowledge (TOK) classroom, where my classmates and I were met with that day’s activity: working our way through variations of “The Trolley Problem”. The Trolley Problem, developed by Philippa Foot, highlights one of the most pressing ethical conflicts: utilitarianism versus deontological ethics. In its simplest and most popular form, The Trolley Problem can be summarised as follows:
Written by Lindsay Moffatt. Edited by William Arent and Amelia Zawadzka.
Artwork by Coleen Nunag.
As a society, we often assume that pollution only became an issue post-industrial revolution which was in the late 18th century, but that is not the case. An example of even earlier anti-pollution regulations is King Edward I of England’s attempt to ban the burning of sea-coal in the 13th century (History.com, 2020). In today’s climate, both literal and political, the most relevant forms of pollution are carbon emissions and ocean plastic, since they have the most devastating effects on the environment and are generally the most obvious. However, the world is not equally contributing to these issues, some countries are polluting much more than others. This is a call-out post.
Conducted by Farida Amr. Edited by Nicole Guan and Jordanne Stewart.
Cover image design by Thanh Le.
The Youngest Egyptian to Reach Mount Everest BC
Farida Amr, the co-director of writing of Momentum Magazine, conducted an interview with Farida El Sharkawy, the youngest Egyptian, as well as the first Eyptian teenager, to reach Mount Everest Base Camp. A two-time TEDx speaker, World Youth Forum attendee, and an active member of the organisation “Surviving Hijab,” Farida El Sharkawy continues to amaze us with her hard work, dedication, passion, and perspective.
Note: To avoid confusion, Farida Amr’s name will be replaced with “Momentum” for this interview.
Written by Susan Xi. Edited by Marc Scocca and Lasya Ramakrishnan.
Artworks by Alice Schroeder.
Put in modern jargon, Cats was unsurprisingly two hours of a Furry Con circus. On the way to the theatre, I learned that it had only made back $74.6 million of its $95 million budget. While I was buying tickets, the cashier eyed me with concern. By the time the movie finally started, a grand total of 15 people had shown up to witness the grandeur unfold.
Written by Natalie Chen. Edited by Rachelle Kasilag and Isabella Romine.
Artwork by Özge Ahretlikoglu.
If there was ever a moment that was universally imperfect in recent memory, now would be that time.
The world rages on outside, and many of us, even the best of the introverts, feel stir-crazy. As an introvert, I somewhat revel in the indefinite amount of time we have been so graciously granted. I can spend long stretches of time in my own head, my own world. Of course, without the outside world, I must turn to alternative sources of inspiration.
Written by Atrayee Dutt. Edited by Eden Gringart and Jordanne Stewart.
Artwork by Thanh Le.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has left people all around the world in a state of despair. Quarantine and self-isolation have caused people to become increasingly anxious about the current situation, the death toll, the health of their friends and families, and the economic crisis. The world is in a state of panic and anguish; however, not all hope is lost. Despite these challenging times, there has been a renewed strengthening of families, an increased sense of bonding in local communities, and through the internet, youth have found solace and optimism.