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Damian Marlow

On not giving a damn

Throughout my childhood, I was given many pieces of life advice. Being the rebellious teenager I was, though, I didn’t want to follow any of it. I wanted to find my own way, learn my own lessons, live my own life. But one piece of advice has followed me to adulthood, constantly reminding me of…

Spotify playlists for your every mood

Following Spotify’s “2018 Wrapped” promotion, you may have seen quite a bit of music flowing through your social media. The promotion listed listeners’ favorite artists, top songs and total time spent listening to music throughout 2018. As exhibited by the social media blowup, music holds a big place in a lot of people’s lives. For…

Losing someone while in college

This is not a “how to” article. This not a “tips for” article. As much as I wish I could, I cannot give you advice on how to feel better following the loss of a loved one. I cannot tell you what way to grieve is best for you. And I cannot tell you when…

Dear high school freshmen

Hello, fellow frosh! Now, of course, we aren’t the same kind of frosh. After all, our grade does have four more years of experience than y’all (and pain — so much pain — from testing, of course). But, since we’re (kind of) in the same boat, the Stanford Class of 2022 decided to write you…

How to make money off your student loans

So almost everyone knows student loans suck. No one wants to start their career in Debt (capital D). When I first started the college process, debt was probably the most intimidating thing on my mind, and not just because I didn’t have a cosigner. First, college graduates have to deal with the struggle of actually…

When personal and professional collide

Almost anyone who knows Stanford knows about “duck syndrome,” a phenomenon that sweeps across campus year after year. Like a duck floating atop water, students often feel the need to look calm and happy on the surface while paddling through their work furiously underneath. Before coming to Stanford, I thought duck syndrome was a myth.…

15 ways to improve your day from start to finish

My time thus far at Stanford has been tumultuous to say the very least. Meeting new people, searching for internships and trying to find my calling has been a lot to take on, even without the simple tasks of keeping my grades up and remembering to eat. Time seems to be passing by faster than…

Five things college has taught me about dating

The concept of “dating” means something different to everyone. Does it simply involve going on dates or do you have to DTR (define the relationship) to consider yourself “dating” someone? What does being in a relationship even entail? And what do you do when you and your significant other aren’t on the same page about…

Shower thoughts: Duck syndrome edition

We’ve all heard of “shower thoughts.” You know, the kind where you’re thinking about really existential things and then, all of sudden, you realize that “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” isn’t a second “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” because Charlie inherits the factory in the first movie? That kind. But have you heard of…

Transitioning to college: How I broke up with myself

The 2018-19 school year is now well on its way, and by now, most freshmen can surely tell that high school and college are absolutely nothing alike. The classes, the living situations, the people, the food – it’s like moving to a completely new planet. But I think that our surroundings aren’t the only aspects…

How Stanford’s hookup culture taught me self-love

Before coming to Stanford, I was a certified hookup virgin — the only time I had been with someone was when I had been with someone. The prospect of “hooking up” with someone I wasn’t in a relationship with was something that I hadn’t even thought of, let alone done. So, it’s pretty obvious why…

Here’s how rom-coms are detrimental to feminism

Like many girls, I watched many, many romantic comedies when I was younger. I drooled over the love, the heartbreak, the laughs and the happy endings. I wrote about it, I dreamt about it – finding my one true love. These films and novels shaped my view of marriage and romance. However, as I aged…
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