Kleigh Balugo

The Hereditary Playlist

Music is one of the best things to be passed down. For this month’s playlist, we shared songs recommended to us by the people we love. Listen to the playlist here Kleigh Balugo “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes A while ago, my boyfriend Eryn made me an 11 hour playlist consisting of… Continue reading The Hereditary Playlist

Cate Belmont on Self-Sabotage and Her Single “Make It Hurt”

Photo courtesy of Cate Belmont By Kleigh Balugo For many members of Gen Z, jamming out in your childhood bedroom to “Here We Go Again” by Demi Lovato or “7 Things” by Miley Cyrus is a universal experience. Blasting your favorite pop rock anthems is always emotional, even when you’re eight years old and can’t… Continue reading Cate Belmont on Self-Sabotage and Her Single “Make It Hurt”

The Kindergarten Cookbook: Our Picnic-Ready Recipes

Photo by Kleigh Balugo What’s a picnic without food? For issue 18, Kindergarten contributors share their potluck approved recipes. After this, you’ll never volunteer to bring utensils ever again. Kleigh Balugo Garlic Tortellini I really don’t know how to cook at all but after eating at a very expensive Italian restaurant, I became obsessed with… Continue reading The Kindergarten Cookbook: Our Picnic-Ready Recipes

The Dreamland Playlist

Zzzz… This month’s playlist is in honor of hitting the snooze button and floating off to dreamland. Don’t let the bed bugs bite. Listen to the playlist here Lianelys Cabrera “Still Dreaming” by Raveena If there’s something dreamy in this world, that is Raveena’s voice, especially in this song because of all the simplistic but… Continue reading The Dreamland Playlist

Being Asian in White Spaces

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo Dear Kindergarten Readers, What happens when you’re the only Asian person in a room? When I was younger, I found that being Asian in a white space had detrimental effects on my self esteem. I longed to fit in with my white peers, despite their tendency to isolate… Continue reading Being Asian in White Spaces

The Sprouting Playlist

We planted seeds and now that it’s finally spring they’re starting to sprout. For the month of April, Kindergarten contributors compiled their favorite songs to listen to when they’re gardening, on a picnic, or just out in nature in general. Listen to the playlist here Tracy Fuentes “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac I imagine running through… Continue reading The Sprouting Playlist

Out of Touch

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo Going to college with rich white kids has taught me a lot about myself. In my first year of college, I was desperate to make friends, as most freshmen are of course. Mostly because college can be lonely, especially when you don’t know anyone and especially when you… Continue reading Out of Touch

Girls Like Me

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo In May, I wrote an essay called “Girls Like Me: Finding a Cure for Yellow Fever.” Writing it helped me cope with a past relationship where I was fetishized for being Asian. Since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about my place in the world and how my… Continue reading Girls Like Me

Kleigh’s Year in Review

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo Dear Kindergarten Mag readers,  In the words of the great Frank Ocean… That’s a pretty fucking fast year flew by.  It’s been a year since we started Kindergarten Mag! I’m so proud of how much we’ve done already, even though I know it’s only the beginning. It’s surreal… Continue reading Kleigh’s Year in Review

Hometownless Hero

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo My parents really love to move. So much so that I’ve lost count of all the houses I’ve lived in. The funniest part though, is that the only thing they love more than moving away, is moving back. I say this because although I’ve moved around a lot,… Continue reading Hometownless Hero

The Spirit Playlist

In honor of the Spirit issue and all things creepy, we picked ghostly songs for this month’s playlist. Warning! Listening to this playlist may make you feel like you’re being haunted by a troubled spirit. Listen to the playlist here Jacquelyn Rodriguez “La Llorona” by Ángela Aguilar With mysterious origins, numerous versions, and breathtaking performances… Continue reading The Spirit Playlist

Crying Like a Tall Child

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo Mitski’s “First Love / Late Spring” is one of my favorite songs of all time. As the weather in the city grows colder and colder, the days become darker too. I often roam the streets reminiscing about summer, though I like to pretend it never left. I always… Continue reading Crying Like a Tall Child

The Recess Playlist

For this month’s theme of recess, Kindergarten contributors hand picked songs we play when we’re walking across campus, songs that get us through the week, and songs we listen to when we study. Essentially, this playlist is your ultimate back to school soundtrack. Listen to the playlist here Kleigh Balugo “Campus” by Vampire Weekend The… Continue reading The Recess Playlist

Taking Up Space

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo There’s nothing that I envy more than people who can unapologetically take up time and space in the classroom. In my freshman year of college I took a feminism theory class. I showed up on the first day with all my squeaky clean notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils,… Continue reading Taking Up Space

The Coming Of Age Playlist

In the spirit of Issue 5, Kindergarten contributors curated the soundtrack to their lives. These are the songs that would play in the background of our coming of age movies. Listen along with us as the credits start to roll. Listen to the playlist here Ash Fuentes “Cliche” by Mxmtoon None of the songs I’m… Continue reading The Coming Of Age Playlist

Side Character Syndrome

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo Why don’t main characters in teen movies ever look like me or my friends? This is a genuine question I have.  When I was younger I didn’t understand that the lack of representation for Asians and other POC in the media was rooted in racism. I didn’t think… Continue reading Side Character Syndrome

Nostalgia Is A Liar

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo Nostalgia is the biggest liar ever. I didn’t think it was true but I know now for a fact. Especially after being locked in our houses for so long, it’s so easy to romanticize the past. Like most people, I spend so much of my time lusting over… Continue reading Nostalgia Is A Liar

The Soulmates Playlist

Our third issue, Soulmates, is centered around love. In the spirit of soulmates and Valentine’s Day, Kindergarten contributors made a Spotify playlist of their most listened to love songs, most of which we’ve cried to. Whether you love or hate love songs, we’ve got you covered with recommendations. Listen to the playlist here Abbey Steinman… Continue reading The Soulmates Playlist

Printable Valentines For You

By Tracy Fuentes, Kleigh Balugo, Ash Fuentes, Cait Thomson, Alyanna Moralda, Lyra ♡ Happy Valentines Day! ♡ Kindergarten contributors made their very own valentines for you to print out and give to your lovers, soulmates, friends, family, neighbors, pets, and mailmen.

The Perfect Pair

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo There are so many cliches about the “perfect pair.” Mostly they’re soulmates of the food pyramid. Ketchup and mustard, mac and cheese, burger and fries, the list goes on and on. Those are pretty high expectations to live up to. But, if you really think about it. Any… Continue reading The Perfect Pair

Best Of 2020 Scrapbook

By Tracy Fuentes, Ash Fuentes, Kleigh Balugo, Lyra, Abbey Steinman, Isabel Cruz Despite all the negative things last year brought, 2020 was a memorable year for all of us. Reflecting on the past year, Kindergarten contributors created scrapbook pages of their favorite memories.

The Resolution Playlist

Photo by Kleigh Balugo In honor of our second issue, Resolution, Kindergarten contributors compiled their most loved songs in to a single Spotify playlist. Covering a wide range of different genres, artists, and time periods, this is what Resolution sounds like to us. Listen to the playlist here Alyanna Moralda “Everything Is Everything” by Ms.… Continue reading The Resolution Playlist

At the Dinner Table

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Francesca Bernardino, Tracy Fuentes, Kleigh Balugo, Ash Fuentes During the holidays, family dinners are unavoidable, along with the awkward conversations and invasive questions that come with them. Everyone can relate to being asked if we’re single, what we’re studying in school, et cetera. Some more controversial topics may arise, such… Continue reading At the Dinner Table

Get Cozy With Kindergarten

The winter months are all about layering and bundling up. Ash, Tracy, Abbey, and Kleigh compiled their most festive and comfy clothes to show Kindergarten readers what they’re wearing this December, minus shoes in a few pictures because technically you’re not supposed to wear them in the house. Even though it doesn’t get too cold… Continue reading Get Cozy With Kindergarten

The Evil Consumerist Machine Forced Me To Buy Hello Kitty Keychains

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo Giving gifts to your loved ones is second nature during the holiday season. When I was little, I would always look forward to opening presents on Christmas morning. However, after I attended my first feminist theory class in college, I learned that being excited to open presents on… Continue reading The Evil Consumerist Machine Forced Me To Buy Hello Kitty Keychains

Meet Tracy Fuentes: Bookworm, Anime Expert, And Co-Chief Editor

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo Tracy Fuentes sits on her couch, embroidering an orange mushroom onto a pair of jeans. “The Weekend” by SZA plays in the background, as she focuses intently on not stabbing herself with the needle. Tall bookshelves grow from the floor, like trees in a forest. The shelves are… Continue reading Meet Tracy Fuentes: Bookworm, Anime Expert, And Co-Chief Editor