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Astrid Casimire
Hi! I'm a Caribbean girl who loves music, sunshine & naps on the beach. I love writing about the college experience, blogging, chocolate and laughing at memes.

Reflections on senior spring

Senior spring was supposed to be my chillest Stanford quarter. I was going to be in two real classes and wanted to focus my energy on social interactions and relationships. But life comes at you fast, and plans change. This definitely wasn’t my chillest quarter, and it seemed like it wasn’t for a lot of…

It’s time to delete the email app from my phone

Last year, I turned off the email notifications from my phone in an attempt to declutter my life. Not because it didn’t bring me joy, but because it brought me unnecessary stress and anxiety. With the combination of email lists that I’m on, I receive over 50 emails per day – yes I’ve counted. Imagine…

Caribbean student braves the ski slopes

Being from the Caribbean means that California’s mild winters feel like real winter, and the concept of skiing was a foreign fairy tale for most of my life. I’ll take sunshine and warm beaches over rain and gloom any day. Though I enjoy dressing in trendy boots and cute scarves during winter, I’d rather sweat…

Feeling the heat: A closer look at Stanford burnout

Four years is a long time to sustain Stanford’s fast pace. As a freshman, I often wondered how I could care about everything I was doing and still feel unmotivated, exhausted and done. I couldn’t reconcile my appreciation for Stanford with the dread that loomed large with every small task: sending an email, walking into…

Would you rather: Stanford edition

Get a full night’s rest or complete your assignment? Here’s what it’s like moving through a day at Stanford faced with endless rounds of “Would you rather.” Stanford is the type of place that forces you to prioritize in real-time. I think a lot about what I would do in an ideal world. In an…

The Western diet is taking over, and multinational corporations need to step it up or step down

When I was seven years old, we went for a lot of family drives in our white Toyota civic. Occasionally, my dad would swing into the local McDonald’s outside WestMall. I’d order chicken nuggets with barbecue sauce, fries and a chocolate milkshake. When we got home, I dumped the nuggets in my pink bowl and we’d sit around the table munching on our meals. When McDonald’s left Trinidad in 2003, I was disappointed. Now they’re back, and I wish they’d stayed away.

An afternoon at the Hume Center

I’m writing from the comfort of the Hume Center lounge, a warmly lit room furnished with cushioned chairs and wooden bookshelves. The coffee-tinged air buzzes with productivity – it’s a bubble safe from the chilly breezes and busy hustle of Stanford’s hallowed hallways. Shaded windows, bright paintings and flyers line half the room, and the…

Confessions of an RA

As a freshman, I never thought I’d be a resident assistant. Watching my freshman dorm RAs in action, I thought the demands on their time and personal space were more than I could handle. Now a senior, here I am, halfway through my year as an RA in a row house, and the job has…

A special brand of homesickness

It’s that time of the year again: “winter” in California and party season back home in Trinidad and Tobago, a contrast that evokes in me a special brand of homesickness which Trinidadians have dubbed “carnival tabanca.” While I’m at Stanford sloshing through the rain in my Payless boots and oversized blue poncho, my parents are…

Holidays around the world

Holiday season is in full swing; we’re wrapping up Thanksgiving and moving into Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the New Year and more. Growing up Catholic means that I’ve been on the Christmas bandwagon for as long as I can remember. Back home, we show our holiday spirit by displaying colorful Christmas trees and lights, singing Spanish-influenced…

Six small changes to make in your life

“Look, Astrid, you need to start getting enough sleep,” my mom told me a couple weeks ago. I had called her on the verge of tears, overwhelmed and stressed out by the amount of work I had to do. “You need to be serious about it this time.” My mom had seen me drag myself…

Dealing with natural disasters away from home

A couple weeks ago, entire neighborhoods of my home country, Trinidad & Tobago, were under water after days of heavy rain. Luckily, my family wasn’t affected, but it was strange seeing pictures and videos of villages under water. While I stressed about upcoming essay deadlines, people were stranded on roofs, and some had to be…

Ins and outs of staffing the Bridge

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like staffing at the Bridge Peer Counseling Center, I can assure you it’s more rewarding than you think. The Bridge is an anonymous support service that allows students to call in and talk to a peer counselor at any time, day or night (walk-in hours are also available, from…

The scary side of chasing your dream

Over the summer I decided that I wanted to be a journalist, and let me tell you, it’s been quite the journey. All my life I’ve enjoyed writing, but my future always felt vague. I never thought about how I would concretely work toward building a writing career until this summer. I guess something about…

Purpose, passion or neither?

Since my first year at Stanford, I’ve been told to follow my passions. Do what you love. Do what inspires you to wake up in the morning. I spent my freshman year finding things that I enjoyed and entered sophomore year feeling good about the things to which I’d committed. I began my second year…
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