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What academic writing teaches me

With another paper-heavy quarter, I’ve faced some ups and downs when it comes to my writing assignments this year. The waves of this chronic learning process have lent me more than a few trying days and late nights. I often teeter between significant doubt and some version of acceptance regarding my efforts at the time…

Refining, redefining ‘single’

From applying to Stanford’s Student Housing as a “single” student to specifying a status here and there as an answer to friends’ questions, I’ve thought about what being single signifies. From my experience, there are many colloquial subsets of the single label. You might be “single and not looking,” “single but actively looking,” “just got…

Why I don’t shop classes

I once often used the opportunity to “try” taking a class during the shopping period each quarter. I might investigate, syllabus by syllabus, to figure out potential options. I considered the attempt an exciting opportunity to gauge which class might be most compatible for my schedule, academic interests and the specific requirements I needed to…

Not planning ahead

“What are your plans when you graduate?” I have some version of this question asked on a frequent basis, especially lately. I am four quarters from graduating, so I don’t dismiss the inquiry as unfounded. The question is valid; I just do not have a valid answer yet. Sure, I have had passing thoughts, some…

Letting people go

While we are all at Stanford to pursue academic interests, we are also here to form relationships — hopefully positive, dignifying, fulfilling and mutual. But this is not always the case, and very easily, we can become wrapped around a particular relationship that depletes us. A budding friendship might have a promising beginning, and due to…