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Arianna Lombard

A senior’s thank you to Stanford

It’s difficult for me to not start this off with some cheesy, overly sentimental comment about how grateful I am for my time at Stanford. All I can really say is thank you — thank you for an amazing education, thank you for giving me such a wonderful, dynamic community, thank you for giving me…

Adulting in college: How we’re not really adults at all

Last night I assembled a shoe rack by myself. Never mind that it doesn’t stand on all four pegs, and that some of the pieces are turned the wrong way; I was proud of the fruit of my 20-minute labor. At one point, I proudly claimed the word “adulting.” For those of you who are unfamiliar, adulting…

Stanford bucket lists

There is something about an ending that makes us want to maximize the time we have left. Somewhere along the way we lose our enthusiasm and sense of adventure in our lives, the monotony of regularity overpowers the desire to enjoy our lives. An ending is an awakening, reigniting that passion for living a full…

A catalogue of things

There was a psych study in which people tried to assess the personality of someone they didn’t know through an analysis of their rooms. (If you’re interested, here is the link.) It makes me wonder how someone would perceive me if they took a look around my Stanford dorm, with a specific selection of items…

An end-of-the-quarter survival guide

The three weeks between Thanksgiving break and winter break are some of the hardest you’ll experience every year. You’ve been given a taste of freedom and relaxation over Thanksgiving break, but before you can truly find peace, you have to go through finals. Honestly, it’s pretty cruel. You want nothing more than to sleep in…

A Stanford experience, as told through my emotional breakdowns

My time at Stanford could be defined by multiple narratives, but the most unifying storyline has been the one of my emotional breakdowns. All of the phases and identities I’ve taken on since the fall of 2014 have been punctuated by emotional breakdowns and appointments at CAPS to help cope. As I walk around campus, certain…

Living in the past: A meditation on Jesse McCartney and relevance

This past Saturday, former teen idol Jesse McCartney performed at Stanford, and I of course went. Dinkelspiel Auditorium was a strange environment before Jesse began his performance, half of us drunk and in costumes for the night’s Halloween-related festivities – adding an intoxicated giddiness to the auditorium – and the other half of us unsure.…

Senior year: expectations vs. reality

I think we all hold a little hope for our senior years. Even for the most cynical of Stanford students, the concept of senior year is symbolic of opportunity — it is the last chance to be that person, to have those experiences. I know several people with senior year bucket lists, both mild and…

What do we do now? A look at helplessness on campus

If we’re being honest, an inevitable element of the “Stanford experience” is helplessness. We have all been there at 3 a.m., crouched in a corner so that the light from your laptop doesn’t wake up your roommate, your color-coded disaster of a schedule staring you down, the clock seemingly skipping hours each time you look at…

‘I’ll text you’: A call to honesty

“We should definitely catch up soon!” “Yes! I’ll text you!” We’re all liars. You’ll never text them, even though you’ve just sent about 15 texts in your group chat (better known as a “grext”). You’ve turned off read receipts so that you can ignore an invitation for 10 hours and then respond with, “Sorry! I…

Goals AF: What happens after you reach your dreams?

I entered Stanford excited to finally be living the life I had always wanted, one full of adventures and new experiences. All the movies I had watched and all the novels I had read throughout my adolescence gave me high hopes of some magical world that had previously always excluded me. Then I had my…

Reputation: Another year, another me?

As dramatic as it sounds, I often reminisce on my three years here at Stanford as if they were great loves from decades past. I began each year as a uniquely different version of myself, though my head was often crowded by the same unrealistic expectations of the new me that this year would bring.…

How to procrastinate: Teen movie edition

If you’re like me, you’ve procrastinated for most of your life. You still somehow get everything done on time with some decent quality, even though you should have just started earlier. But that’s not why I’m here. If you’re max-level stressed, like Nicole Kidman at the Oscars when Jimmy Kimmel announced that regular people would…

The Bachelor, IRL?

I am a recent fan of “The Bachelor” franchise — I never watched the show until one fateful night spring quarter of my freshman year. The first episode of Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of “The Bachelorette” had me hooked, from Chris “Cupcake” driving a cupcake up to the mansion to a drunk contestant getting kicked out the…

After the swipe: How to date on Tinder

You did it. You made your profile, did some swiping, sent some messages, and now you’ve asked someone on a date. But where do you go from here? Rule #1: Don’t panic. Keep in mind that it is just a date. Keep those “This could be the person I end up with” and “We’re probably…

Going the distance: How to have a conversation on Tinder

“It’s a Match! You and Michael have liked each other. Send a message or keep swiping?” You were so impressed by his “New Girl” reference (“I’m not convinced that I know how to read, I’ve just memorized a bunch of words.”) that you really hope he messages you back … or maybe you should message…

How to build a better dating profile

The number one thing I tell all my friends about dating apps, whether it’s Tinder, Bumble or the junior class’s Match18 project, is: Always. Read. The. Bio (or else risk being solicited for threesomes or nudes). Beyond these uncomfortable conversations, a person’s bio can disclose so much of who they are. A good bio could make the…

What to watch depending on how your week went

You know you want to watch something. You can’t keep staring at that blank word document with the blinking cursor. You open up Netflix — nothing. Hulu — nothing. YouTube — nothing. Here are some recommendations of shows to watch that aren’t “House of Cards,” “Westworld” or “New Girl.”

Kim K is back, and so are we

After being robbed at gunpoint last October, Kim Kardashian disappeared from all social media and public events, no doubt at immense cost to her. As of January of this year, however, she returned. But there’s something different. In these new tweets and Instagram posts, there’s a strong sense of distance. If you look at her…

A friendship falls apart, online

For my generation (the crazy millennials), social media has become an integral tool for defining and understanding our relationships. We know where we stand based on how we interact with our friends on social media — what (or if) we comment, when to unfollow, when to send a friend request, etc. We depend on social…

The birds and the trees

I’m on Tinder. In fact, I’ve been on Tinder a lot — like 600-matches-in-the-past-three-years a lot. Despite this absurd number of matches, I have only been on a select few Tinder dates. Sure, part of this is due to the whole process of establishing a connection between two people. It begins with a one-sided attraction,…
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