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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…

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…