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Angie Lee
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Exploring the culinary scene of San Francisco

Food is one of the gateways to a society’s culture. As a Korean American, one of the times I feel closest to my heritage is eating beef short rib soup in Downtown L.A. or rice cake soup during New Year’s Day gatherings. On a human level, the act of eating food brings people together and…

A defense of small talk

Everybody hates small talk. There’s no denying it. Google defines “small talk” as, “polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in on social occasions.” Now, the English major in me automatically performed a close-read on this definition. Here’s how I unpacked it: This definition of small talk literally contains the word “unimportant,”…

Life lessons from my browser tab

Like many students across the nation, I have an extension called Momentum downloaded onto the Google Chrome browser on my computer. Each day when I open my laptop to go about my work, an aesthetically pleasing photo, such as mountains or an exotic city I will probably never visit, fills my screen. In the middle…

Wheelin’ in the rain

I’m wheelin’ in the rain, just wheelin’ in the rain. What a horrible feeling, I’m unhappy again. I found myself humming this as I made my way to my human biology section, feeling like I was zooming through one of those mist machines at an amusement park on a hot summer’s day — except I…

To drop or not to drop

Like many other students on campus, I spent the first week of the quarter shopping a lot — and I don’t mean shopping in the sense of going to the mall and buying clothes. This is a much more stressful kind of shopping — the shopping of classes. I had settled on four five-unit classes,…

Ten lessons I learned from the ‘Wicked’ soundtrack

Weeks out from Halloween, people are listening to Christmas and other holiday music, yet here I am still listening to the Wicked soundtrack on repeat. Ever since NBC hosted “A Very Wicked Halloween,” which featured members of the original Wicked cast as well as current pop stars in celebration of 15 years of Wicked being…

No turkey for me

Each year, my family does the whole Thanksgiving sha-bang. We make a turkey (or buy it on years we’re feeling lazy) and fill our dining table with a cornucopia of foods — stuffing, cranberry sauce, cornbread. We gather around the dining room table instead of the regular kitchen table, sometimes with family from out of…

Taking a sick day

Sneezes, coughs, sniffles — I’ve been hearing a lot of these noises on campus as we are deep in the middle of fall quarter. A college campus is a place where you’re just begging to get sick — you’re living in close quarters, germs everywhere, always on the go and rarely have time to rest…

Using time while on the go

On the average day, I spend about an hour and a half to two hours simply on the go, – moving from place to place on campus. Since I use a motorized wheelchair to get around, I give myself about 12-15 minutes to get from one destination to another. I mean, campus is huge. According…

Daily sounds: Things I hear on campus

In my intermediate fiction writing class, we did a writing exercise where we were supposed to write a scene, but restrict ourselves by pretending phones, Internet and other technology did not exist in our character’s town. Placing a restriction like this on your writing forces you to analyze what is truly necessary to convey your…

The old debate: East or West Campus?

East Campus or West Campus? Which side is better? This is a long-contested debate on Stanford’s campus. As a freshman, I lived on West Campus, and now, as a sophomore, I live on East Campus. So, if I may say so myself, I believe I have the knowledge and credibility to give a proper assessment…

My second first day of college

Since first grade, my best friend and I have gotten together after our first day of school to give a moment by moment account of what happened on our day: who we sat next to, how our teachers were, embarrassing moments we had, any cute guys we met, the whole deal. Now that we’re in…

On having a ‘productive’ summer experience

This past summer I had the opportunity to work as a Marketing and Communications intern at an environmental non-profit in the Bay Area. It was a part-time commitment and a remote internship, meaning I could work from wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Besides a weekly conference call with my boss updating her on what…

Functions of a library

When I was little, the library was one of my favorite places to go. I loved everything about it: its smell, the atmosphere, the ability to check out as many books as I wanted. I loved taking a stack of books to the checkout counter and sliding each book under the scanner, listening to the…
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Why I’m jealous of the incoming freshmen

With May as the month of college decisions coming out and college commitments being made, my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook feeds have been filled with posts featuring pictures of beaming high school seniors wearing college t-shirts captioned something along the lines of: “Incredibly excited to announce that I will be attending (insert university) to study (insert…

Song lyrics as inspiration

Amidst the stress of midterms and life in general, I often look to music for solace. Music is a magical thing; too often I put music in the “background” of my life. It’s on in the background when I’m driving somewhere, when I’m doing my homework or when I’m taking a walk. However, when I…

The idea of pleasure reading

I like to find different spots to read on campus. Some of my favorite reading spots include the Coupa Café by Y2E2, the outdoor tables at the Hoover Institution, the Lane Reading Room in Green Library and this random picnic table on the side of Main Quad, right outside where my Psychology class is. I…

How my friendships have developed since fall quarter

I am already getting emotional about the fact that my freshman year of college is almost over. It feels like just yesterday that I drove down Palm Drive with my parents in a car packed to the brim with dorm decorations, a nervous and excited knot in my stomach as I saw the huge “Welcome…

The toxic nature of to-do lists

Recently, I had a sudden and semi-germophobic realization that I should probably clean my computer keyboard more often – maybe even as often as I wash my hands. As a prospective English major who’s also currently exploring classes in Computer Science, my hands are almost always typing away at my keyboard, either working on an…

Profound things my professors said this week

With the start of a brand new quarter came brand new classes, and thus, brand new professors. During Week 1, with the sun shining and the “spring quarter mood” at full intensity, I was once again reminded of how blessed I am to be here at Stanford. And one of the greatest aspects of being…

Sitting alone in the dining hall

I sit alone in the dining hall from time to time. Before you begin to pity me, let me rephrase that sentence. I choose to sit alone in the dining hall from time to time. My dorm, West Lag, has a long rectangular table that we have “claimed” in Lakeside Dining. I’m thankful for this…

Having your writing workshopped

This quarter, I’m in a Special Topics creative writing seminar called War & Writing. The class was intended to bridge the gap between veterans and non-veterans through the art of storytelling. It is a 16-person seminar comprised of eight veterans and eight non-veterans. It has been the most rewarding class that I’ve taken at Stanford…
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