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Coco Hergenroeder

The four noble truths of exercise balls

Life is hard, but discovering the truth about it can be even harder. If you rewound me two months or so, you might catch me in the act of carefully browsing Amazon in search of the best deal on an exercise ball, hoping to decide whether buying one would be worth the cost. That’s every…

Look on the bright side

In the beginning, there were the three lights: the usual central ceiling light and window, as well as a supplementary desk lamp from a friend. All three were much-appreciated presences in my room, but after some days it became apparent that none were meeting my illumination needs. Waking up sucked. I prefer to wake up…

Planning your academic battle

It’s the big week. You figured as much; your vigilant scouts reported enemy troop mobilization on a massive scale. They’ve begun to gather near the east border, already drilling in anticipation. According to your precious intel, they’re going to blitz through in staggered waves, timed just so that your defenses will be perpetually inundated. It’s…

Fighting the yoga demons

You, reach your arms towards the ceiling. No, use your shoulder blades. But reach up. And remember to use your shoulder blades. Are you breathing? Breathe, deeply. Now your reach is failing. Time’s up; move on… You send your hands, together like a prayer, down towards the center of your chest. You hope your elbows…

Rose golden: Your artistic potential

This story is as much mine as it is yours; the story of the chosen; rose golden. We entered Stanford disoriented, chasing truth — what is that one particular thing we were born to do? Everyone else had one. We always had some kind of an affinity for technology, but we were no programmers. We…
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