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Questions from you, answered by us

Courtesy of Emily Schmidt

A few weeks ago, we tabled in White Plaza and welcomed any questions you may have for us. Here are your questions, some answers and more questions to what you asked. 

1. How do I manage my time?

I try my best to manage, but it’s a learning process (like most things in life). I keep a Google Calendar to remember my schedule, and I use an app called Wunderlist to keep a list of everything I need to do. I try my hardest not to flake. Not a big fan of Stanford flakes. I think we should just stick to cornflakes.

2. Do I like Coldplay’s Yellow?

Yes.

3. Where is the visitor center?

http://visit.stanford.edu/basics/visitor_center.html

4. How do I find new interest?

It’s all up to you! You choose to make life interesting.

5. What’s your favorite thing ever?

It changes everyday but usually has something to do with people. And ideas. And people with ideas. And ideas on people.

6. Why write for The Daily?

Why would I not write for The Daily?

7. Who do you admire and why?

I admire many people. I deeply admire Anderson Cooper. And my little sister, Hailey.

8. How do I get a subscription?

https://www.stanforddaily.com/subscribe/

9. Why do I study at Stanford?

As a student, one of my responsibilities is to dedicate myself to academic learning. That, for me, requires studying.

10. What do you like about Stanford?

There are too many to list, although the first thing that comes to mind is the people. Another thing: Meyer Green.

11. Why vote?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Social_Contract

12. Why is religion a hard topic to discuss at Stanford?

Is religion a hard topic to discuss at Stanford? Is religion an easy topic to discuss in general?

13. What do you want to change about Stanford?

A number of things. My immediate thought: Stanford is one of the few, if not only, institutions that has such incredible academic programs across all disciplines. Yet, there are unfortunately very limited spaces where people with different academic interests and trainings can come together to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue. I want to change this and would love to talk to anyone who’s interested in helping me make this happen. My email is at the end of this article. Please drop me a line!

14. What should I do with my life?

It’s your life. I can’t tell you what you should do. You choose what to do.

15. What shouldn’t I use SparkNotes?

If someone (and at this institution, it tends to be that someone is usually a super accomplished, renowned scholar) is willing to take the time to listen to your thoughts (in discussion, in writing), then it is my opinion that you should be thankful and respectful for their time and consideration. Also, here’s the Honor Code: https://communitystandards.stanford.edu/policies-and-guidance/honor-code.

16. Do you love me?

Drake asked the same question to Kiki. I wonder if he got an answer. (As for me, I probably do. I love most people.)

17. What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?

I’m a big fan of cool in general, so it’s hard to tell. Email me and maybe we can do something cool together

18. What do I want to be when I grow up?

I don’t know. You tell me. As for myself: A good human being. A better human being today than yesterday. A better human being tomorrow than today.

19. Does does it mean to be lost in the sauce?

Uh … www.urbandictionary.com/define.php%3fterm=lost%2bin%2bthe%2bsauce&amp=true.

20. What’s a question you wish someone would ask you?

Will you marry me?

21. What does it mean to get the bread?

www.urbandictionary.com/define.php%3fterm=let’s%2bget%2bthis%2bbread&amp=true

22. What does it mean to be a citizen in America?

It seems your question is twofold:

A. What does it mean to be a citizen?

B. What does it mean to be a citizen in America? (i.e. What does it mean to be American?)

Perhaps they are the same question. Perhaps they aren’t. Either way, worth considering. I’m a big fan of questions.

23. What’s for dinner?

Whatever Saúl cooks for us in Stern. Amazing chef. Amazing person.

24. How’s your day?

Wonderful! Thanks for asking 🙂

25. What’s your go-to at TAP?

I don’t have a go-to per se, but I’m a big fan of their waffle fries. I’m a big fan of waffles in general (fries or not).

26. What matters to you?

Words matter. Truth matters. Sincerity matters. People matter.

27. Why are so many people lonely these days?

Assuming this is true, I don’t know. I’m sorry to hear that. As for me, I feel lonely when I feel alone. This is different from being alone; I can be alone but not feel alone. It usually helps when there is someone I can talk to. Or someone I can call. Or ask for a hug. If you’re lonely, dear reader, I’ll do that for you. Feel free to reach out to me – happy to chat. Or give you a hug. Or both.

28. What would you do if you didn’t go to college?

Well, I go to college now so I don’t know. I imagine I would be doing something similar to what I do now: Meet people. Eat food. Sleep. Ask questions. Get help when I need it.

Oh, one thing I did learn in college: Think for myself.

I imagine I would have learned this without college, too, but to my experience, college has definitely helped with this (among many other things).

 

Contact Inyoung Choi at ichoi ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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Inyoung Choi

Inyoung Choi

Hey there! I love people, ideas, ideas on people and people with ideas! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, ideas, stories. Or if you just want to chat. ❤️