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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

Arpita Das

Arpita Das, Staff Writer

Arpita Das is a sophomore entering The Central Trend as a Staff Writer. Arpita is excited to join The Central Trend this year and hopes to find a better way of expressing herself through words. When Arpita isn't writing, you can often find her binge-watching Dynasty on Netflix or participating in Science Olympiad and HOSA after school. Her favorite instrument to play is the piano and she hopes to pursue a career in the health or business field outside of high school.

Favorite food: Fettuccine Alfredo

Favorite pair of shoes: Reebok

Favorite color: Navy Blue

Biggest weakness: Overusing the word "sorry"

All content by Arpita Das
The logo of Adam Norris youtube channel.

To my APUSH 3rd hour

June 4, 2022

Dear APUSH 3rd hour,  If you would have told me a year ago that my second favorite subject in school was history, I would have laughed and instantly run away from the future version of myself. But,...

A picture of me 4 days after my operation decorating a pillowcase with the same nurse who was willing to braid my hair and help me walk on my own two feet.

Five years later

May 31, 2022

Most people look at me as your average girl just living her life in high school; a girl that works four hours every Tuesday, writes for the school newspaper, and is a part of the Science Olympiad team.  But...

Toscana is a Danish originated film that came out on Netflix in April of 2022

The Danish-Italian drama Toscana helped me realize the significance behind restaurants.

May 27, 2022

The first word that comes to mind the second I enter the kitchen is "appetizing." This isn’t because of the food that is being made, but rather the smell of the food that was cooked; the smell of my...

What do grading systems look like on a worldwide scale?

What do grading systems look like on a worldwide scale?

May 23, 2022

For the past 16 years, I have lived in America, but as someone who has parents from India—who moved all the way across the world to America—it can often be difficult to understand the significance...

Julianna Hahn at her senior photoshoot.

Julianna Hahn has found her creative outlet through her time spent at FHC

May 23, 2022

From having a hip injury her junior year of high school to finding her creative outlet for life, senior Julianna Hahn has found her passion in life and has ever since been working towards achieving that...

Our Father

Netflix’s documentary “Our Father” has made me perceive the world around me from a different point of view

May 13, 2022

Sometimes, I wonder how different my life would have been if maybe I was the oldest sibling, if I was an only child, or even if I maybe had an older brother or younger sister. Regardless of these thoughts...

Prom Court Q&As: Tananya Prankprakma

Prom Court Q&As: Tananya Prankprakma

May 12, 2022

What was your reaction to getting on prom court? "I don’t really remember my exact reaction. I was at home, so some of my friends texted me to tell me I was on. I was happily surprised since I didn’t...

Me my first semester of sophomore year probably scrambling last minute for a test or quiz.

If my sophomore year was a person

May 6, 2022

At the start of my high school career I was very quiet and reserved; I would spend every weekend studying and never give myself breaks. I would only devote myself to the part of my life that I knew would...

The first time meeting my dad.

Dear Dad, it’s never you against the world, it’s us against the world

April 29, 2022

Dear Dad,  My rock, my soul, and my warrior that gets me through the darkest of days; oh how thankful I am for you. Your ability to remain calm despite how caught up I can get in life is the reason...

Dhar Manns youtube channel logo

Dhar Mann’s YouTube channel has hit me with a sense of wit along with wisdom

April 24, 2022

Every day, when I come home from school, you can catch me doing one of two things: either watching YouTube or Netflix. I enjoy Netflix because there is always an array of shows to choose from but as someone...

Me in my favorite classroom, room 139, with my favorite teacher, Mr. George.

The Central Trend is more than just a newspaper to me

April 11, 2022

There are certain moments in my life that I wish I could just erase from existence and other moments that I wish I could relive again and again. But what makes memories so special isn’t what actually...

FHCs entire cast for the musical Cinderella this past school week. This photo was taken by Rebekah McDowell

FHC’s Theatre Department put on Cinderella with a whirlwind of angst and adventure

March 21, 2022

When it comes to singing and dancing, I am more of a singer, mainly because I can relate to music more and I find myself less stressed when I have background music running while completing homework. Although...

A picture I took a couple days after our drive-in 8th grade graduation.

The number in the grade book does not determine my success in life

March 21, 2022

Ever since I started middle school, my main focus has been centered around one thing: grades. I would drop everything just to maintain my grades, even if that means giving up my chance at a social life...

A freshman during homecoming week holding a banner.

Incoming Freshmen Night gives younger students a glimpse into their future

March 8, 2022

Every year, FHC loses a class of seniors only to be replaced by an incoming batch of freshmen. Counselor Jodi Arsulowicz always finds this time of year so exciting because of how energized the next class...

Me when I was a baby at the age of two years.

I don’t know if I’m ready to grow up

March 4, 2022

Growing up, my mom always said that I was innocent, and my dad always said I was inquisitive. In my grandma’s eyes, I will never be less than her sweet, little grandchild, and from my sister's perspective,...

On Purpose with Jay Shetty emphasizes the importance of self-care.

On Purpose with Jay Shetty emphasizes the importance of self-care.

February 25, 2022

About a year ago, I was an online student. I would wake up, open my computer, and that was it; that was school for me. Education was confined within the four walls of my bedroom, and I did this nonstop...

Amy Wang

Amy Wang has found her niche through the National Honors Society

February 22, 2022

Senior Amy Wang finds it difficult when she is faced with a question that she can't answer. At the start of high school, Amy found a passion for helping people, and ever since her sophomore year of high...

Me and my sister at a museum in Washington DC.

Dear Akansha, I wish we still lived together

February 22, 2022

I never thought that I would miss living in the same household as my sister. Up until about two years ago, my sister, Akansha, and I lived in the same house. We are three years apart in age but four...

Its Not So Bad was an uplifting album that made me feel better about myself

It’s Not So Bad was an uplifting album that made me feel better about myself

February 11, 2022

When I listen to music, it’s like traveling to my own world. A world where it’s almost impossible to feel anything but happy; a place where only I exist. I often find that when I listen to a new song,...

FHC teachers who have all had a different experience with quarantined students

Teachers at FHC work around the chaos of accommodating quarantined students

February 9, 2022

The first thing that comes to mind when AP Literature and Language teacher Lisa Penninga thinks of the word "quarantine" is the feeling of being separated from other people and having to detach from others,...

The dress I wore to a wedding that I attended over winter break.

I am not your average American

February 4, 2022

“You’ve never eaten steak?” “You don’t have chores?” “You never get grounded?” “Your parents pay for you?”  These are all things people have told me intermittently from...

The latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie brings me back to my childhood

The latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie brings me back to my childhood

January 28, 2022

Growing up, I was never that kid who enjoyed reading books. Whenever someone would ask me if I preferred the book or the movie, I would always say the movie because it was more entertaining and quicker...

Freshman Kris Anderson along with his teammates during a competition

Freshman Kris Anderson finds joy in school through socializing

January 26, 2022

Freshman Kris Anderson is constantly finding new ways to interact with people. For Kris, this can mean eating lunch with students from various grades, joining multiple sports teams, or even taking...

Moments in time where I was at my lowest and my highest.

My life is its own story that continues to write itself

January 24, 2022

Before I was born, my grandpa from both sides of the family passed away, and my grandma from my mom’s side lived most of her life without her husband. My grandma never attended college and has lived...


The Mindset Mentor positively changed my perspective on life

January 14, 2022

As someone who is out of the house seven hours a day for five days of the week, it would be accurate to say that I am always on the go. Whether that be staying after school or having to attend doctor's...

Andrew Swanstrom, Holly McLenithan, and Kate Sherman are all college bound next year

The Class of 2022 hopes to start a new chapter of their lives after high school

January 13, 2022

As the second semester creeps upon us, for many seniors, this can be a very exciting but also nerve-wracking experience. For some students, second semester can mean waiting to hear back from colleges...

A picture of me and my uncle, and all of his favorite things.

Dear Uncle J, your presence taught me a lesson

December 17, 2021

Dear Uncle J,  It has now been 164 days since your passing, and the only thing I can say is that I wish I could've seen you one last time. Every time you would come visit us, it would always be a surprise,...

Single All the Way taught me about the true meaning of Christmas

Single All the Way taught me about the true meaning of Christmas

December 10, 2021

There are three reasons why I always enjoy this time of year. My birthday is always exactly a month before Christmas, Black Friday never fails to be enjoyable, and Christmas and New Year are next to each...

A picture of Nora Magers swimming during her swim meet.

Nora Magers finds her passion through FHC’s Girls Swim and Dive Team

December 9, 2021

For the past eight years, freshman Nora Magers has been making repetitive strokes back and forth for the FHC Girls Swim and Dive Team. Nora started swimming when her mom–who has been swimming since she...

A question mark that I drew inside of my notebook for math.

The fear I find in asking questions

December 3, 2021

Over the course of the past 15 years, I have been told three things interchangeably. I’ve been told that I have good handwriting, been constantly reminded of the body hair on my skin, and that I ask...

TCTs The Countless Thanks 2021: Arpita Das

TCT’s The Countless Thanks 2021: Arpita Das

November 23, 2021

To my sister, Akansha Das - for being the best sister ever  Through thick and thin, you have always been there for me whenever I need you. From helping me with my homework to being my personal chauffeur...

Amazons Zulay Original Handheld Milk Frother.

Amazon’s Zulay Milk Frother fluffed up my frappuccinos

November 19, 2021

During the time spent in quarantine—a time period when everyone was isolated—I can assume that most of us got use to transforming our lives into a fully virtual environment. For some of us, this...

A picture of my notes and online textbook for my APUSH homework.

What are the most effective study habits?

November 12, 2021

Over the course of the years, I've learned that spending free time wisely is crucial for students. Sleep and school consume two-thirds of a student's life, leaving only seven hours for anything else. Now,...

A picture of my Reebok tennis shoes when I bought them.

The Reebok Classic Harman Run Sneaker exceeds my expectations

November 5, 2021

For as long as I can remember, I have always had this crazy obsession with this one thing that almost no one pays attention to: shoes. This item of clothing can either make or break the outfit I’m...

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