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Cecilia Atkins

How to time travel

As we meander into our belated start to the school year, many Stanford students may find themselves still wondering how summer went by so quickly. The impending crush of unpacking, juggling club meetings and adding and dropping classes can be a rough departure from the last three months of summer break. In the first few…

Gap years: Looking beyond the ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ model

Gap years are elusive beasts. Some of us wish we had taken one (or two, or three). Others can’t shut up about them, while others have a difficult time seeing the appeal. No matter your opinion on gap years, if — like me — you haven’t taken one, it’s likely you’ve developed some assumptions of…

The beauty of the comments section

When news of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement broke on June 1, 2017, I was scrolling through Facebook, like so many of us usually are. As articles and videos began to crop up from sources such as CNN and The New York Times, the comments sections of…

A night out on the town: Palo Alto edition

It’s 6 p.m. on a Friday night, and you’ve finally finished that problem set that’s been screwing with your sleep schedule for the past two nights. Ready for a night out on the town? We know just how you’ll spend it in downtown Palo Alto: the bustling epicenter of Silicon Valley’s nightlife scene. 6:30 p.m.…

Rethinking standards of success

When it comes to measuring standards of success at Stanford, most of us don’t pause to consider how our definitions of success impact our feelings of inadequacy or recurrent anxiety about the future. With that in mind, here are a handful of ways to measure success beyond the traditionally celebrated bounds of academic or professional…

Wisdom teeth lost, wisdom gained

While many fortunate college students spent spring break sipping colorful drinks on tropical beaches, I had the pleasure of getting my wisdom teeth removed. As someone who had never had an invasive surgery, the post-op recovery period was an entirely foreign experience. Out of this rite of passage that those of us with impacted wisdom teeth…

Stanford freshmen reflect on the college admissions process

There is an abundance of literature available on the topic of college admissions. A few choice books found on Amazon include: What Colleges Don’t Tell You (And Other Parents Don’t Want You to Know): 272 Secrets for Getting Your Kid into the Top Schools, Get into Any College: Secrets of Harvard Students, and How to…

10 overlooked places to sunbathe on campus

After ten weeks of rain and sub-60-degree temperatures, spring quarter has finally arrived, and with it, an onslaught of temptation to spend your days drinking up sunlight. It’s time to toss a few textbooks in your backpack and fool yourself into believing you can work outside. However, an essential part of this façade of outdoor…

Searching for the opposite of loneliness at Stanford

In a well-known essay titled “The Opposite of Loneliness,” published in the Yale Daily News in May 2012, graduating senior Marina Keegan wrote eloquently and powerfully about an unnamable feeling of togetherness that’s “not quite love and… not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this…

Birth control (and more) on campus

Sex is great. Safe sex is even greater. With so many options for protection available, having safe sex has never been easier. However, it can often seem as though the status quo is using just condoms or the pill — an impression that is somewhat limiting. What about encounters other than cis-hetero vaginal intercourse, where…

What it means to be a global citizen

Seven houses. Six schools. Five cities. Four dorms. Four visas. Three continents. Three passports. One green card. As someone who has put down roots in a variety of places, trying to determine what it means to be a global citizen has occupied the majority of my life. At times, it just seems easier to consider…
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