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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…

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…

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…