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Clarissa Gutierrez

Lessons I learned from childhood stories

Some of us grew up listening to bedtime stories. And while I did not take them too seriously as a child, I’ve realized that some of the most valuable lessons one can receive are the ones you learn from childhood classics. 1. “Cinderella” (Disney edition) Cinderella is ridiculed by her evil stepsisters while she works and…

Comparing myself to others: A daily struggle

Comparison is the thief of joy — at least that’s what Theodore Roosevelt told us. Almost every time I checked my social media this past summer, I could not help but feel a masked wave of dissatisfaction wash over me with every scroll of my finger. I definitely did not feel like I was growing enough,…

Family Weekend through freshman eyes

Cushioned between the last days of February, every Family Weekend is a brief two-day glimpse into the world that students share here on The Farm. However, even among the planned programming loaded with countless workshops, campus tours and welcoming community events, parents come for one ultimate reason — to spend time with the people they…

A friend from the farmers market: Lisa Marie Haley

It’s a beautiful blue Sunday morning in Palo Alto. As you stroll through the farmers market along sunny California Ave., your eyes wander over the long strip of booths colored by Cara Cara oranges, crisp Gala apples, fluffy sweet brioche, and fresh bouquets of peachy tulips. At the very corner, you spot an extraordinary booth…

The Grind’s ultimate love song playlist

Valentine’s Day may be over, but you can continue that loving feeling with The Grind’s ultimate love song playlist — a good mix of generic and non-generic music alike that captures what it means to love, seek love, be loved. Enjoy! 1. “Junk of the Heart (Happy)” by The Kooks “I wanna make you happy, I…

Stanford in style

Many say that the style scene at Stanford is generally basic and laid-back — a typical depiction of its West Coast setting. But if you look around, you’ll see unexpected diversity and spot many individuals out there that love rocking their own fashionable essence. Take a look at a few of our student style profiles!  …

Dear underclassmen

Wherever you might find yourself on your Stanford journey, it’s easy to feel completely lost sometimes — or a lot of the time. Have I found “my kind” of people yet? What will my major be? Am I doing college right? Whenever our lives get busy as we try to balance school, work and relationships…

Taking art to the streets

Strolling down the hip streets of Mission District last weekend, I admired the abundance of vibrant color and mosaic patterns that decorated every corner, wall and alley that I laid eyes on. These psychedelic renditions and kaleidoscopic masterpieces reminded me why street art holds a special place in the hearts of many. To me, street art…

Seven energy-boosting foods

It’s only Week 3, and it’s safe to say we are all starting to feel tired and sluggish. Life inevitably gets busy as we try to balance school, work and play, so it’s easy to fall into the trap of not eating well — or forgetting to eat at all, for that matter. This is especially…

What is (self) love?

The beginning of the new year has already kicked off. Some of us made a worthwhile compilation of New Year’s resolutions, while many of us simply never got around to creating these wishful lists simply because we either would rather continue enjoying life as it is or because we procrastinated on writing resolutions. Regardless of…

Why you shouldn’t make New Year’s resolutions

It’s the holiday season and 2017 is calling our names. As we reflect on the mistakes, fails and the L’s we took this past year, we begin to think about ways to redeem ourselves. We think about how we can leave old versions of ourselves in the past as we hope to become transformed individuals.…

Feeling SAD?

TW: Discussions of depression As Daylight Saving Time ends and winter quarter approaches, the days can definitely begin to feel short and gloomy. Thanksgiving break was supposed to be a time for me to finally settle down, relax for a few days and spend some time with friends and family; instead, I felt as if…

Gratitude is the attitude

Thanksgiving has already rolled by, but I believe that gratitude is a feeling we should cultivate all year long. As a college student, it’s easy to get caught up in a busy life — a whirl of homework, midterms, more work and FOMO. Verbally saying “thank you” is a golden rule we all learn in…

Losing your veganity

“The Freshman 15 is real.” Myth or not, it’s easy to see why many people believe that they’ll put on some weight during their first year. Let’s face it – college carries a notion of freedom in a spectrum of ways, most notably in what you choose to eat. The dining hall is just one…

Becoming friends with our planet

If you didn’t know already (despite the countless posts that drowned people’s newsfeeds on Twitter and Facebook a couple weeks ago), the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem was regrettably pronounced dead. Pictures of the white, colorless coral reefs surfaced the web and erupted into an immediate negative reaction on social media. However, various sources have…

Celebrating life in the face of death

Happiness, joy, laughter – these aren’t words typically associated with death. When Día de los Muertos rolls around at the end of October, vibrant sugar skulls and elaborate face painting typically come to mind. However, this traditionally Mexican holiday celebrated on Nov. 1-2 carries a rich depth of tradition beyond the scope of countless skull…
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