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Eliza Llewellyn

On May 1, Snapchat released an update that included the highly-requested “Snapchat Chat.” Now, Snapchat can not only be used to send unattractive selfies to friends, but also to send messages and live-chat.

“Until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: presence,” Snapchat said in a blog post. “There’s nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you’re chatting.”

While the Snapchat team felt that this update would personalize the popular app, many Staples students felt that it was overwhelming.

“Snapchat was trying too hard to bring more features to [itself,] but it just made it way more confusing and I don’t like it,” Ruth Kissel ’16 said.

Users can now swipe right on a friend’s name in their Snapchat inbox to start “chatting”; it is similar to texting without SMS charges. Just like a regular Snapchat, all messages are cleared when the user exits out of the screen, but they can always screenshot the chat.

The second new feature is chatting face-to-face, or a more spontaneous version of Facetime. When two friends are on Snapchat at the same time, the yellow circle that appears in the chat screen turns blue. When this happens, users can press and hold to share live video.

Like many, Ben Goldstein ’16 said that he had no problem with the way the app was before the update.

“[It’s] kind of like the saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’” he said.

Taylor Jacobs ’14 also felt that the update was unneeded. She said that the video chat feature is “kinda cool,” but Facetiming is better anyway because it doesn’t require the user to hold their finger down on the screen.

“I just think that the whole point of the app was lost,” she said. “It’s become one giant social media thing when really all I wanted to use it for was to send my friends funny selfies.”

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Claudia Chen, Features Editor
From the time she could talk, Claudia Chen ’16 was always keeping herself busy whether it was scoring points on the tennis court or writing stories and poems. At a young age Chen ’16 knew she wanted to be a writer. She would write poems and stories on whatever she could get her hands on. She said, “One time I tried to write a novel and I was so excited”, Chen ’16 said while laughing, “70 pages into it and I swear it made zero sense.” This her second year writing for Inklings and she couldn’t be more excited to bring her love of writing to Inklings. She believes that Inklings is a great opportunity to practice her writing skills in a realistic sense. When Chen ’16 isn’t writing you can find her on a tennis court. She hasn’t played for Staples tennis but she’s hoping to in the spring. She likes to de-stress on the tennis court and have a good time. She sounds like your all-American girl but that’s not the case. Her parents were born in China resulting in Chen’s first language being Chinese. It doesn’t just end there; her grandparents come from Austria. She loves the idea that she comes from so many different cultures. As hard as Chen ’16 works, she wants to make the most of junior year and have a good time being an upper-classmen. As hard as she works on her serves in tennis and critiquing her writing skills she says what she hopes to get out of life is, “It sounds cheesy but I want to know that I made a difference in at least one person’s life.” That’s a goal we should all strive for. Claudia Chen ’16 could not be more excited for what her junior year holds.
Eliza Llewellyn, Web Managing Editor
Eliza Llewellyn ’14 is driven and well-rounded. Now that it’s her third year on Inklings, she’s ready to take the lead. As web managing editor, Eliza is excited to advance the Inklings website with innovations in media and graphics. It’s not going to be easy, and fortunately her experience as co-captain of the Staples JV tennis team has taught her the valuable leadership skills necessary for the job. Not only this, but her position on the yearbook committee and her commitment to playing piano constantly puts her time management skills to the test. While her job on Inklings may also be extremely time-consuming, she puts it above all else. “If I’m doing homework at 10:30 p.m. and a new e-mail pops up with an article, I stop what I’m doing to read it,” said Eliza. “It’s one of my first priorities.” When Eliza isn’t editing articles, she’s writing them. Last year she wrote a news story, "Legacies: Investigating a College Application Controversy," which she considers one of her best works. “It felt good to talk to guidance counselors and college admissions officers because I was finding information that people would not get otherwise,” said Eliza. This year she hopes to pursue writing in-depth and research-based articles, as well as find a good balance among all her extracurriculars. With her dedication and drive, there’s no doubt Eliza will go above and beyond.

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