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Caroline Dunn

Remember that thing called summer vacation?

One of the blessings (or curses – take your pick) of social media is that we can truly get a taste of what our friends and classmates did over the summer, even if we didn’t stay in touch. And based on swiping through Snapchat stories (as well as some good old-fashioned talking), everyone had incredible…

What’s a real adult, really?

In the United States, the legal definition of an “adult” is eighteen. At eighteen, we can vote for the president, go to prison, serve in the military, sign our own waiver forms, buy our own lottery tickets… basically do everything besides drink or rent a car (which you can’t do at most companies until you…

Changing in college

One of my favorite authors in the world, Leo Tolstoy, once wrote that “true life is lived when tiny changes occur.” Since Tolstoy managed to produce two of the best novels in history, I trust any and all of his tidbits of advice. But what is a “tiny change?” And when is change too big?…

Why I want summer to never come… and some reasons to cheer up

All of high school, you want it to be summer. When it’s January and there’s snow on the ground and you’re studying for finals, you’re dreaming about sunny days by the pool and a respite from homework. By April, the yearning for summer becomes so intense that you start ten-week count-downs. There’s even a whole…

Uber: The other side to the iPhone diatribe?

“Those goddamn millennials” seems to be every adult’s favorite buzzword (and by adult, I mean a real adult, not us crazy college kids). We’re the excessively PC, reality-TV-obsessed, ill-informed, self-obsessed and, most of all, smartphone–addicted generation. “It’s sort of sad,” remarked one of my teachers during a break in class once, “how we all pull out our…

Ethics of eavesdropping

Here are the things I’ve seen in the Stanford Starbucks: a wizened man in a yarmulke and embroidered robes reading a wrinkled paperback; a blond woman who wore black sunglasses inside and stared at the floor for hours; a gaggle of tourists clutching unicorn Frappuccinos while frustrated professors who just wanted their simple coffees waited behind…

Motivational study spots (because it’s spring quarter…)

The sun is shining, the fountains are roaring, and all you want to do is sunbathe on Meyer Green instead of working on that pesky p-set. It’s spring quarter, and your homework is far from your mind. There’s a reason that it’s called Camp Stanford after all. Whether you like it or not, however, classes…

How safe is Stanford really?

On the first night of rush, we received warnings of two sexual batteries that had occurred on campus. “Walk home in groups!” warned the coordinators as we left, looking worried. “And hurry home. Be safe!” It wasn’t very late — only a little after midnight. I had walked home from the library by myself many times…

Famous Stanford students you’ve never heard of

Stanford has accumulated an impressive collection of celebrity attendees and graduates over the years, from John Steinbeck to Reese Witherspoon to Chelsea Clinton. You know that collection of sunken rooms in Otero? Apparently that’s where Chelsea’s bodyguards slept, while she slept on the second floor behind bulletproof glass. But that’s just lore, so don’t take…

Hey 2021ers, you should pick Stanford

Last week, Stanford finished accepting its 2,050 students for the class of 2021. So congratulations! Many of you have probably dreamed about Stanford since you were little, and your decision to attend was instantaneous. But others may still be vacillating, weighing the pros and cons of West versus East Coast, going far from or staying…

Stanford in the media

There’s a bit of haloed glow around Stanford’s name. Mention that you attend Stanford, and you’ll almost always receive an impressed smile and a “wow, what a great school!” or, “didn’t Stanford have the lowest acceptance rate in the country?” Like many elite schools, a culture of such selectivity gives Stanford a certain media presence…

What Stanford’s reading

I surveyed 36 freshmen about their reading habits. 25% responded that they read all the time, 17% responded that they rarely ever read, and 57% responded that they occasionally read.

Becoming addicted to coffee

Until two weeks ago, I never drank coffee. When I was really little, like nine or 10, I actually liked the taste of coffee until it started giving me massive migraines. Also, my non-addiction to coffee made me feel superior. Other people have to drink caffeine to stay awake, but like Gisele and Tom Brady, I don’t consume any…

A history of Valentine’s Day at Stanford

In 1894, the Stanford Daily announced, “Tomorrow will be St. Valentine’s Day. The pleasant custom so long observed is a marked contrast to the horrors of the death of Valentine, the bishop, who suffered under martyrdom under Claudius II at Rome. He was first beaten with clubs and then beheaded.” At Coupa Café today, I overheard…

DIY healthy vanilla cereal ice cream

Before starting Stanford this fall, I had a lot of free time on my hands. So, this summer I decided to single-handedly recreate healthy recipes of all my favorite desserts. Which resulted in a mound of dishes, a load of discarded brownies, some angry parents and a lot of experimental cooking. Is there anything better…

Religion at Stanford: A history

At any given day, Stanford’s gorgeous Memorial Church will be surrounded by tourists gaping at the students and happily snapping photos of Stanford’s most beautiful building. It’s oft featured on postcards and promotional material, as quintessentially Stanford as the tree. It’s a little ironic, in fact, given that the student body isn’t outwardly religious. From…

A brief history of the debutante

Have you ever seen that episode in “The O.C.” where Marissa dances with Ryan in that gorgeous white ballgown at her debutante ball, an event that culminates with her father’s business partner punching him in the face? Well, over winter break, I too “debbed” (though, thankfully, no one was decked at mine). It’s a very surreal…

Slimming down your waistline and wallet

The start of the new year always brings the tragic removal of ornaments from the Christmas tree, the sudden absence of Christmas carols on the radio and a score of New Year’s resolutions. Unsurprisingly, given the never-ending supply of cookies over the holidays, “healthy eating” or “losing weight” are the most popular New Year’s resolutions…

A model diet?

For a week, I’ve decided to try to eat like a Victoria’s Secret model, for several reasons. One: Diets work so well, and absolutely guarantee you’ll lose weight in a healthy way! Two: Dieting is just plain fun (and I’m not the only one who thinks this – Mindy Kaling agrees). And three: It’s timely,…

Green Library’s secret reading stash

Graffiti might technically be against the rules, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of students from scribbling little messages on the desks in Green Library. I never noticed them until a few weeks ago, when, exhausted from reading my math notes, I stared off into space, desperate for something to think about that didn’t involve matrices…

A definitive ranking of David’s Tea flavors

[Editor’s note: This is not a sponsored article. Our writer just really likes David’s Tea.] I am slightly — ever so slightly — obsessed with David’s Tea. Yes, I may have tried 47 different David’s Tea flavors … but guys, that is maybe a third of all their flavors, so it is not even that…

A bigger problem than just the Freshman 15

Content warning: mentions of eating disorders America has become obsessed with body image. From the doctors condemning the obesity epidemic to the Fat Acceptance Movement, focusing on our appearances has become the topic of the moment. Unsurprisingly, much of this body image obsession has turned into worrying about our diets. How many of you have spent 15…
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