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Literary magazine The Rambler explores "the cosmos"

Nicole Arca
Read more about The Rambler, SC's award-winning literary and visual arts magazine, and this year's theme that is sure to bring readers to the next dimension.


Created and published under the guidance of Susan Turner Jones, The Rambler is Sierra Canyon’s award-winning literary and visual arts magazine that is designed and written by students on the Upper Campus.

This year’s Rambler held the theme “cosmos”, and is separated by sections, each titled by one of five constellations: Cassiopeia, Phoenix, Orion, Cygnus, and Lyra. According to the section it belongs in, each piece of art adheres to the given characteristic of its constellation: for example, works that fall under “Phoenix” are “wise, strong, vigilant, and ascetic”.

This theme of "cosmos", according to Editor-in-Chief Simone Onelum, is meant to "[encompass] the work of our talented and creative students as they seek to understand the Cosmos within and around them." Indeed, the magazine includes works of identity exploration ("Origins" by Jubilee Park), declarations of self-love ("A Love Letter to Myself" by Tamanna Sood), and even a spontaneous musical composition ("Allegro Scherzando" by Nathan Le).  

The following commentary was written by Callum Kiser, who graduated this May as part of the Class of 2017 and who served as Managing Editor of The Rambler. Callum, who was chosen as Salutatorian of his class, will attend Columbia University this fall:

As a passionate lover of all things art and writing, I will cherish my time spent working on The Rambler long past my high school years—when perhaps even the stacks of old editions will tower taller than me. Being a part of our award-winning literary magazine has given me the opportunity to connect with the inspired creativity of our student body firsthand.

As Managing Editor this year, I worked alongside our Editor-in-Chief, Simone Onelum, as we took part in the process of creating the book. From scouring writing submissions for typos to helping with layout and design, my position as an editor gave me a prime vantage point to experience the metamorphosis of the magazine into the publication it is today. 

The late-night editing jobs, the hectic final time crunch, and the passionate deliberations among the editorial staff capture the electric verve of both The Rambler and of the school community as a whole. When I jump on board the next literary magazine in college, I know that my time on 
The Rambler staff has prepared me for this next stage—having given me the ultimate tools to thrive in this wild, visionary world of ours. 
 
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Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.