Divya Rajagopal




Name: Divya Rajagopal
Position: Managing Editor
Graduation Year: 2016
Hi! My name is Divya Rajagopal. I'm a junior and I love writing. I enjoy watching Suits and How I Met Your Mother and listening to Coldplay. I play tennis on my school team and ski in the winter.


Stories (34)


Talking about time

By Divya Rajagopal | April 5, 2016, 1:28 p.m. | In Features »

Daylight Savings has nascent roots in ancient civilizations, and has developed into what it is today through practicality. However, whether we should keep DST around in this electronic age is a question that can only be addressed by the current members of society.

Blair Congress starts a poster initiative

By Divya Rajagopal | Feb. 18, 2016, 7:26 p.m. | In Local »

Blair Congress, the Student Government Association (SGA)'s newest branch, has come up with a school-wide poster initiative to promote peace and ease racial tensions.

SCO Says: noisy families, cuffing season and senioritis

By Eleanor Cook, Sandeep David, Lauren Frost, Divya Rajagopal | Feb. 5, 2016, 10:36 a.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Welcome back! With the holidays finally over, we here at SCOsays have completely recovered and are ready to dish out more advice for all you confused people out there. So! Without further ado here we go on the third edition* of SCOsays. *If you haven't yet (loser), check out our second edition (It's a video!!) SCOsays holiday special.

Two soccer players chosen for 2015 fall All-Met

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 14, 2016, 12:57 p.m. | In Local »

For the fall 2015 season, the Washington Post All-Met sports staff chose Blair seniors Jesse Griff-McMahon and Jimmy McMillian for the first team All-Met and second team All-Met respectively.

Condoning consumption

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 12, 2016, 2:08 p.m. | In Features »

In the light of a recent fatal drunk driving accident, students and parents reflect on what happens when parents allow underage drinking in their house.

Paris terror attacks kill more than 100

By Divya Rajagopal | Nov. 18, 2015, 9:27 p.m. | In International »

At least 129 victims died from a combination of deadly terror attacks in the Paris area this past Friday night.

Metro Riders' Union takes a stand

By Divya Rajagopal | Oct. 15, 2015, 2:19 p.m. | In Local »

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Rider's Union, or WMATARU, formed during September of this year to vie for additional rail and bus services.

Behind the BNC makeover

By Divya Rajagopal | Oct. 3, 2015, 12:14 p.m. | In Local »

Many Blazers have already noticed this year's changes to InfoFlow which include new intros and outros, faces and voices. However, many don't know the major changes BNC went through at the end of last year.

Parallel parking removed from Maryland Driver's Test

By Divya Rajagopal | June 12, 2015, 2:12 p.m. | In Local »

On May 19, Maryland joined the list of fifteen states that do not require parallel parking as part of the driver's license examination. The Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration (MVA) determined that the maneuvers required to parallel park were already being evaluated in other areas of the test, like the two-point turn.

"Star Wars": The Sith, the Force, and much more

By Divya Rajagopal | June 5, 2015, 12:49 p.m. | In Entertainment »

"Star Wars" has not only gained immense popularity with individuals, but also brought people together as a collective to celebrate its splendor. We found some ardent Star Wars fans among our Blazers and asked them some questions about how they first connected with the fandom! We also asked for their expectations for the new movie.

Ex Machina is anything but mechanical

By Brian Le Divya Rajagopal | May 4, 2015, 8:01 p.m. | In Movies »

Screenwriter and director Alex Garland weaves together philosophy, science and suspense to create an convincing plotline that leaves you shaken.

Boys' volleyball is defeated by BCC

By Divya Rajagopal | May 4, 2015, 1:48 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair boy's volleyball team had their senior night game against the BCC Barons and fell to their strong opponents, going down by the score of 25-14, 25-15, 25-21.

Blazers destroy Titans

By Divya Rajagopal | April 30, 2015, 1:13 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers (3-1) demolished the Einstein Titans in a three set shutdown with scores of 25-8 25-3 25-12.

Blazers fall to Knights

By Divya Rajagopal | April 30, 2015, 12:50 p.m. | In Blair »

Blair's varsity volleyball team (4-3) fell to the undefeated Wheaton Knights in a close 4 set match with scores 25-15 24-26 25-19 25-14. Despite losing the game, the Blazers kept the score very close and played their hearts out with critical plays from both Ram Sreenivasan and Jeremy Du.

The Madness behind NCAA's Morals

By Divya Rajagopal | April 19, 2015, 12:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

There seems to be something quite un-American about the notion that the people who are working the hardest during March Madness are also the ones who don't receive any gain. College athletes deserve monetary compensation for their hard work.

Boys' volleyball vanquishes Whitman

By Divya Rajagopal | April 15, 2015, 12:57 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair boys' varsity volleyball team (1-1) won a three set game against the Whitman Vikings (0-1) finishing with a score of 25-21, 25-15, 25-22.

Socioeconomics and the SAT

By Divya Rajagopal | March 19, 2015, 1:45 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The SAT was introduced during the Progressive Era with the purpose of eliminating test bias. Unfortunately, following the boom of the testing industry and the dramatic increase in competitiveness for college admissions, the SAT has done exactly the opposite.

SCO's top things to look forward to in 2015

By Divya Rajagopal | Feb. 23, 2015, 6:24 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

As we begin to get into the swing of things in this new year, it's nice to know what we can look forward to in the months to come. SCO's got your back with our list of things to look forward to in music and popular culture.

Am I Charlie?

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 21, 2015, 1:21 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In the field of political satire there is an implicit barrier between satire and browbeating, between free speech and libelous hate: a barrier that Hebdo crossed a long time ago.

Do you love your body? (Part III)

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 13, 2015, 5:03 p.m. | In Features »

To read Part I, click here. To read Part II, click here.

Do you love your body? (Part II)

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 11, 2015, 9:25 p.m. | In Features »

This three-part story will be updated every two days. To read Part I, click here.

Do you love your body? (Part I)

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 9, 2015, 1:08 p.m. | In Features »

Girls and boys have learned to both constantly seek approval from and fear the judgment of the glassy surface of a mirror. American teenagers today are becoming less and less comfortable in their own skins.

Oscar de la Renta: his legacy in fashion design lives on

By Divya Rajagopal | Nov. 12, 2014, 9:24 p.m. | In Features »

October 20th saw the passing of a major cultural fashion icon and incredible human being.

80th Anniversary Celebrations: Wayne Ave. Nostalgia Tours, University Blvd. Open House

By Divya Rajagopal | Oct. 13, 2014, 11:31 a.m. | In Local »

On a chilly Saturday morning, Blazer alumni found themselves making their way to 313 Wayne Ave: the site of the 'old Blair,' which housed Blair for 63 years, from 1935 to 1998. The Blair graduates entered, looking around at the hallways that they had traversed in their teenage years.

Get it CuSTEMized!

By Divya Rajagopal | Oct. 10, 2014, 1:44 p.m. | In News Blog »

Blair class of 2009 alumni Jean Fan founded her non-profit initiative CuSTEMized to motivate girls to envision themselves in science, math and technology careers.

Social Networking's role in Hannah Graham's Disappearance

By Divya Rajagopal | Oct. 8, 2014, 12:46 p.m. | In News Blog »

In fact, social media's key role in the finding of missing and exploited persons is understated: if used correctly, it can be a powerful tool in gaining information and help.

All things pumpkin

By Divya Rajagopal | Oct. 8, 2014, 11:12 a.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

It's a season with an abundance of pumpkins, so don't let them go to waste! SCO's guide to all things pumpkin will help you wile away the autumn hours with pumpkin recipes and activities.

Emma Watson speaks out for gender equality

By Divya Rajagopal | Oct. 1, 2014, 10 p.m. | In News Blog »

Emma Watson, who was named the U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador earlier this year, formally invited men to join the fight for gender equality at the launching of the #HeForShe campaign on Sept. 21.

Yu will swim far

By Divya Rajagopal | Sept. 25, 2014, 5:10 p.m. | In Features »

Far from being sleepy or lethargic, Yu dives into the pool every day with the same goal: to perform better than she did yesterday.

"The Maze Runner" runs its way to victory

By Divya Rajagopal | Sept. 22, 2014, 6:54 p.m. | In Movies »

"The Maze Runner" delivers the dark angst that teenagers relish in dystopian worlds, and is a welcome addition to the ever-burgeoning young adult canon.

The future of Turnitin.com at Blair

By Divya Rajagopal | Sept. 19, 2014, 10:49 p.m. | In Features »

Turnitin.com began as a tool to catch cheaters. However, in the decade since, Turnitin.com has begun to offer versatile tools for teachers to implement in their classrooms.

Happy camp is just happy talk

By Divya Rajagopal | Sept. 6, 2014, 2:13 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

North Korea's Children's Camp is just a false pretense of positivity for the government, instead of a genuine attempt by the government to create a nurturing community for children over the summer.

Smaller tournaments outshone by the grand slams

By Divya Rajagopal | Aug. 28, 2014, 4:13 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

What makes a smaller tennis tournament different? Is it the low-key culture behind these smaller WTA and ATP tournaments, or the lack of substantial ranking points and prize money?

Star struck by "The Fault in Our Stars"

By Divya Rajagopal | June 9, 2014, 10:56 a.m. | In Movies »

From laughing hysterically to crying uncontrollably, "The Fault in Our Stars" takes you on a two hour rollercoaster of emotions. Director Josh Boone creates a tale of infinite beauty and inspiration from the long-standing #1 New York Times bestselling novel by John Green.



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Photo: Rajagopal, Divya

By Divya Rajagopal | Dec. 2, 2015, 5:26 p.m.

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By Divya Rajagopal | Oct. 20, 2015, midnight

Caption: Sandeep David (left), Lauren Frost (middle), and Eleanor Cook (right) are here and ready to give you best (and most professional) advice for all things high school.