Tracy Fuentes

Tracy’s Year in Review

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Tracy Fuentes Dear Kindergarten Mag readers, I have never been very comfortable sharing my writing with anyone other than my professors. In fact, I even hate reading over my own work. I’d crank out a five-page paper in a single night after weeks of procrastination, skim the doc to make… Continue reading Tracy’s Year in Review

The Good Neighbor

Photo by Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes I’ve never been a really good neighbor. I’m always too shy and awkward to even wave hello to my neighbors. I usually avoid eye contact and pretend I’m busy doing something or that I didn’t notice them so that I don’t come off as rude. They probably still… Continue reading The Good Neighbor

Filipino Monsters and Folklore 101

Photo by Kleigh Balugo Filipino mythology and folklore are rich with unique creatures that outshine the Bigfoots of American lore. Some of them are absolutely terrifying, some of them are harmless, some of them are pranksters. Inspired by Kindergarten contributor Bianca’s piece on duwendes, we wanted to delve deeper and share more of the creatures… Continue reading Filipino Monsters and Folklore 101

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

The Ghosts of Our Lives

Photo by Ash Fuentes and Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes Okay, I know it’s October and not December, but how can we talk about spirit and ignore three iconic spirits: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future? Because let’s face it, what can be scarier than the Past and the Future? Nothing haunts me… Continue reading The Ghosts of Our Lives

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

Academia: A Sonnet

Photo by Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes i sit in the library with dry, blood shot eyes. how many pages have I read – no, skimmed – today? how many social invites have I had to turn away? i fear that this semester may be my demise. my to do list only grows in size,… Continue reading Academia: A Sonnet

Don’t Erase Me

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Tracy Fuentes I think we’ve all realized by now that the education we receive from kindergarten to twelfth grade is not very comprehensive, especially when it comes to the history of those who are not straight white men. As a Filipina American, I never learned anything about Filipino Americans in… Continue reading Don’t Erase Me

The Unity Playlist

For issue 7: Unity, we chose songs that bring people together. Listen with your friends and let the good times roll! Listen to the playlist here Charlotte Turner “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon This doesn’t seem like a song that would bring people together, as it’s just Carly Simon listing the many flaws of… Continue reading The Unity Playlist

Not Your Rival

Photo by Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes In a world where women are constantly pitted against each other for the sake of making a profit or strengthening the patriarchy, I want other women to know that I am not your rival. I want to remind myself that other women are not my rivals either.  Our… Continue reading Not Your Rival

Good Day Defined

Photo by Tracy Fuentes & Kleigh Balugo By Tracy Fuentes High school me believed that in order for a day to be categorized as good, something really great had to happen: my crush talking to me, an A on a math test, winning a debate round. By this definition, a good day was rare, and… Continue reading Good Day Defined

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

Fashion Misses And Disses

Photo by Kleigh Balugo A large amount of the biggest fashion trends today are actually reused styles from the past. Fashion will always be recycled! Retro-style flare jeans, 90s grunge, and Y2K are a few styles that have inspired modern trends. Some of the contributors at Kindergarten Mag came together to share the trends they… Continue reading Fashion Misses And Disses

The Nostalgia Playlist

For this month’s playlist, Kindergarten contributors handpicked songs that make them feel the most nostalgic, ranging from childhood favorites to middle school anthems. Turn the volume up and travel through time with us! Listen to the playlist here Charlotte Turner “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” by Arcade Fire There are many songs I love that… Continue reading The Nostalgia Playlist

Dear Movie Theaters

Photo by Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes Dear my beloved movie theaters, I miss you dearly! The last time we met was nearly one year ago, on February 21st. I went in with my sister, my boyfriend, and one of my friends. Lots of people had gone to meet you that day, as it was… Continue reading Dear Movie Theaters

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.

Soulmate Defined

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Tracy Fuentes When someone hears the word “soulmate,” they immediately think of romance, of “meant to be,” of only one person for each person. But I disagree with all of the typical conventions of the soulmate. I believe that in life, we will encounter many soulmates, and they don’t necessarily… Continue reading Soulmate Defined

Most Anticipated Of 2021

Photo by Kleigh Balugo After a turbulent 2020, 2021 brought many hopes that this year will be better than the last. While there are obvious things to hope for such as recovery from COVID-19 and an improved presidency, here Kindergarten Mag contributors are presenting what we are most anticipating from pop culture in 2021. While… Continue reading Most Anticipated Of 2021

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.

New Year, Better Me

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Tracy Fuentes “New Year, new me!” This popular phrase now garners eye rolls rather than inspiration. New Year’s resolutions have a reputation of being forgotten or failed within a week or two, seldom being followed up on through the rest of the year. Many people seem to think the resolutions… Continue reading New Year, Better Me

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

A Very Bookish Christmas

Photo by Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes With the semester coming to an end and the holidays upon us after a tumultuous year, settling down with a book and a cup of hot cocoa sounds perfect to me. Whenever November hits, I am always tempted to pick up a few holiday-themed books to put myself… Continue reading A Very Bookish Christmas

The Best Gifts Are Handmade

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Tracy Fuentes Rather than supporting the unethical and harmful practices of Amazon, Walmart, and other companies this holiday season, consider hand-making something for your loved ones. Plus, in the era of COVID-19, you can avoid the typical downfalls of holiday shopping such as large crowds and long shipping times. Handmade… Continue reading The Best Gifts Are Handmade

Meet Kleigh Balugo: Boba Fanatic, Artist, And Co-Chief Editor

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Tracy Fuentes SZA is playing in the background. Paint bottles and brushes are scattered on the newspaper-covered table. Kleigh leans forward on the couch to compare her painting of a lush green landscape to the reference on her phone. She uses red paint to dab flowers onto her canvas. Despite… Continue reading Meet Kleigh Balugo: Boba Fanatic, Artist, And Co-Chief Editor