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The undeserved obsession with failure

How many times have you been reminded of the value of failure? This past week, while procrastinating for studying for midterms, I somehow found myself in a YouTube hole watching a collection of the “best commencement speeches of all time.” I’d say practically three-quarters of them included a message about the benefit of failure. Oprah…

When to compromise

As defined by Merriam-Webster, a compromise is a “settlement of differences by consent reached by mutual concessions.” Compromising is an ever-present buzzword that floats around everywhere from politics to our daily lives. It requires relinquishing at least a portion of your beliefs for the greater good, with the intent of finding common ground within disagreement.…

Studying abroad: Is it for you?

Like many other undergrads, I’ve always dreamed of studying abroad. More than half of each graduating class at Stanford takes advantage of the Bing Overseas Study Program at some point during their time here. However, relocating to a different part of the world for a full 10 weeks (or more) is by no means an…

A question of fate

Have you ever had a class in the dark? I don’t just mean with the lights off, so that the projector casts a hazy blue glaze over the lecture hall. I mean completely pitch dark. I mean so dark that you can’t see your hand stretched out in front of your face. This past week…