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Elizabeth Dunn

Do you want to be good at everything?

When I was little, even before I realized what the phrase “growth mindset” meant, I followed its basic ideals. I remember getting a C on a math test in sixth grade. My teacher, Mrs. Darcy, was very concerned and attentive — she wanted to talk to me after class. She sat me down and asked…

Pros and cons of the quarter system

It’s the middle of September and you’re sitting at home, bored out of your mind. You have absolutely nothing to do. All of your friends are gone and back at college, probably at least four weeks into their first semester. Even your high school is back in session. If you live on the East Coast,…

Five things not to do as a freshman

Freshman year is definitely going to be full of mistakes. It definitely was for me. Transitioning to a new place means ups and downs are inevitable. But here are five things I did that you definitely shouldn’t: Take all your hard classes in the winter. My sister, who’s a junior, told me a thousand times…

How to take advantage of spring

Campus in the Spring! It is finally spring quarter and it also finally seems to have stopped raining. After a long and cold winter, here are a couple ways to take advantage of campus as we transition into the long-awaited ~Camp Stanford~! Study outside. Under no circumstance should you have to go to a library…

The danger of high expectations

All throughout winter quarter, all I heard was how unimaginably better spring was guaranteed to be. “It may rain at least once a day now, but in spring, it’ll always be sunny.” “You may be drowning in work now, but in the spring, you’ll just lounge outside.” “Studying will be the last thing on your…

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…

Striking the balance between Type A and Type B

If you don’t immediately identify as Type A, you’re probably Type B. Or so I was told, after hesitating when my friend asked which category I belonged to. Nowadays, most people flaunt a Type A personality as an indicator of being motivated and high-achieving. Type A is interchangeable with ambitious and competitive, if not high-strung…

Modern first impressions

You only get one chance at a first impression, right? Well, nowadays, not exactly. It used to be that first impressions meant everything. They were the first time someone saw you, heard your voice, shook your hand and concluded things about you all in one go. On the first day of school, you probably sorted…

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.…

Tech addiction and its victims

If you’re under the age of 30, you’ve probably heard that you’re addicted to your phone. People love to accuse millennials of being selfish and narcissistic, and more often than not, they place the blame on technology. Millennials have been said to check their phones 150 times per day and 39 percent admit they interact…

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…

How to flake without appearing flaky

Growing up with strict parents has plenty of drawbacks, let me tell you. I could never just shout up the stairs, “Be back in a couple hours!” and go on my way. Any kind of outing required a full interrogation until my mom knew the answers to who, what, when, where and why. However, there…

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…

Making friends freshman fall quarter

We’re approaching Thanksgiving break, which means you’ve been living around the same people for almost two months. You’re  pretty sure you know the majority of people in your dorm and recognize most of the faces in your section. You’ve met people from all over and bonded with them over grueling nights of p-sets and French…

Football for dummies

What does a tight end do? What’s the difference between an incompletion and an interception? Why does everyone just pile on top of each other?? Watching football is always lots of fun, but it can also be quite confusing. If you’ve ever found yourself squinting at the field or TV, trying to figure out what’s…

Living in the moment

The mantra “live in the moment” serves as a reminder that the past is unchangeable and the future uncontrollable. It’s the exhortation to savor time in its most immediate form because passing minutes can never be regained, and future hours are impossible to predict. Relishing each second is an appealing ideal but, for the majority…

Six natural remedies for stress

Are you stressed out right now? Due to the multitude of responsibilities and pressures undergraduate students face each day, the answer is more than likely yes. Stress is such a widespread issue among students, that “being stressed” has evolved from a state of mind to a constant feeling. I’ve found that more and more often…

Five questions to avoid small talk

It’s New Student Orientation, more commonly known as NSO (as I’ve quickly learned, you’d be hard pressed to find a Stanford word that doesn’t have its own abbreviation). Never in your life have you met so many people at once. Names are being thrown at you a mile a minute, and, if you’re anything like…
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