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The big, bad duck

Duck syndrome. You’ve heard of it, you’ve lamented its effects, you’ve at times been part of the problem and at others part of a solution. At first you may have thought it was just an issue related to academics. After all, isn’t academic pressure the only downside of an otherwise vibrant, sunny, exciting campus life?…

Saying ‘thank you’

Thanking people is a lost art. Or rather, we’re thanking people so much these days – “Thank you for your time,” “Thank you for sharing,” “Thank you for your consideration,” “thx”– that we’re never taking the time to thank anyone. Let me clarify what I mean. Thanking has become generic, almost only an indicator of…

To bike or not to bike

Oh the joys of riding a bike…! You can sleep through your alarm and get to class in four minutes, bask in the illusion of exercise and become the Stanford brochure student. But with bumps, roundabouts, cars, tourists and a myriad of other bikers at every turn, this mode of transportation can also become nerve-wracking.…