The Living Yearbook of East Brunswick High School

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The Living Yearbook of East Brunswick High School

EBHS Bear Hub

The Living Yearbook of East Brunswick High School

EBHS Bear Hub

Polls

Do you think homeroom is making an impact on school spirit?

  • Yes, I love seeing my homeroom and planning spirit stuff together. (24%, 8 Votes)
  • I was asleep in homeroom so I don't know.... (47%, 16 Votes)
  • Yes, because I feel pressured to participate to not let my homeroom down. (6%, 2 Votes)
  • I don't know about school spirit, but I know I want COOKIES (21%, 7 Votes)
  • I have infiltrated an alternate homeroom where I indeed am quite spirited. (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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The Heartbeat In Henna

Finding myself through Henna
One of my most recent, favorite henna designs that I have done on myself.
One of my most recent, favorite henna designs that I have done on myself.

When I was younger I always found that drawing and painting never truly resonated with me. I felt that I had artistic abilities, but I was not using them in the right way or applying them in the right places. The summer of 2021 changed that when I found that doing Henna suited me most. This is what started a long journey in which I felt more comfortable in my skills.
Henna –commonly referred to as Mehndi– is a temporary dye that stains the hands, most commonly used in South Asian cultures in wedding festivities and other auspicious events. Getting my henna done throughout my childhood was always fun and exciting, but after trying it on myself, it became a completely different experience.
In a perfect world, I would say my first time doing henna absolutely exceeded all expectations, because I drew the most perfect design on myself on the first try and realized that I had a talent in doing henna this entire time. But this isn’t a perfect world, so of course my first attempt at doing henna was a complete mess. I did not understand how to hold my hand, how much pressure to put on the henna cone, or which shapes to do with which techniques. But it took a lot of TikTok and Instagram tutorials, and a handful of Pinterest inspiration to get a hold of those specific tricks to get your henna to come out the right way.
This is what I felt made my journey perfecting henna so important to me. I started it with zero expectations of becoming good at it or doing it often. At the time, it was just something to do over the summer, and with this I gradually started to improve without knowing it.

Now doing henna is one of my favorite hobbies; I love sitting down once or twice a month to do my henna, trying out a new design, and sharing pictures with my friends and family. Much of my family relies on me to do their henna for Indian parties, and my friends for their holidays. It has not only helped me socialize and share parts of my life with other people, but it has also connected me to my own culture. Understanding the significance of traditional henna, and what it means to my religion, culture, and my country. It has also helped me feel more secure in myself, for being able to take something I lacked the skill for initially, to something that I can be proud of and show off.
A large part of this journey is that it offered me opportunity to find something bigger than just a hobby. Instead of trying to blend into the American culture I have grown up in with my peers, henna was an outlet that helped me immerse myself in Indian culture.

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About the Contributor
Teesha Patel
Teesha Patel, Bear Hub Staff
Teesha Patel is a Junior at East Brunswick High School. She enjoys reading novels and watching movies, both of which are usually romance and comedies. Oftentimes you can find her practicing henna designs on herself and she hopes to one day take up the practice professionally. When she finally gets out of the house, she enjoys spending with her friends and getting ice cream or watching movies, which is where she feels most herself.