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Emily Schmidt
Hi! I've always been a big believer that anything can make for an interesting story. I've written about everything from my love of ironing clothes to the Stanford hookup culture. If you have an idea for a story, I'd love to chat with you about it!

Why I’m destined to be Chrissy Teigen when I grow up

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” When L.M. Montgomery published this line in “Anne of Green Gables” in 1908, I doubt she had any idea of the extent to which social media would prove it to…

The evolution of following Instagrammer Caroline Calloway

I have never gone viral. My private Instagram has 526 followers on a good day, I don’t have a Twitter account and my writing has yet to appear in any reputable publications beyond The Stanford Daily. It makes sense. Going viral, in general, is equatable with having a one-hit wonder in the 80s — you’re…

One last college road trip

There are three kinds of exits on the I-8: “luxury” exits, truck stops and those that lead to nowhere. When my dad accidentally passed the last exit with questionably edible food and an indoor place to relieve yourself, we thought nothing of it. After I had toured Arizona State’s graduate journalism program earlier that morning,…

On returning to writing after a hiatus

When I sat down to write this article, I realized that I’d actually forgotten how to write one. I know this sounds absurd coming from a seasoned writer, but in the adapted words of Ross Geller, “I was on a break!” It’s not that I’ve stopped writing altogether for the last several months; I’ve published…

Seven love lessons I learned from watching ‘Friends’

I’ve had three long-term boyfriends in my life. The first two were easy to get over with the classic revenge playlist, rom-com marathon and tub of cookie dough ice cream. The third is currently a complicated work-in-progress. When he broke up with me in August after six months together, I didn’t know how to process…

On ironing and why it empowers me

Yes, you read that correctly. I’m a college student who irons her own clothes. Over the past two years at Stanford, I’ve realized that we are few and far between. There aren’t many students who both own an iron and know how to use it. And I’m almost positive no one on campus uses an…

Welcome to Stanford: A letter from the Grind

To all the freshmen trying but ~barely~ surviving NSO: I’d like to welcome you to the next four years of your life! Being a first-year student at Stanford is no easy feat. You’re most likely going to get completely lost, show up to the wrong class, lock yourself out of your room, lose your bike…

An honest guide to #StanfordStyle

If there’s one thing that stands out about fashion at Stanford, it’s its diversity. From urban to preppy to downright random, no two students’ styles are the same. But if you pay attention as the weeks of the quarter pass, you’ll realize that the style habits across campus are eerily similar. The effort put into…

8 easy ways to keep celebrating national poetry month

April is National Poetry Month, and even though it’s almost June, there are still so many ways to keep celebrating it. You’re probably asking why it’s even important. Poetry is irrelevant, right? I mean, if we celebrate Christmas in July, why can’t we celebrate evergreen poetry all year long? We can. It just takes a…

Hiking the Dish: The importance of outdoor campus spaces

After the one-mile bike ride in dark jeans, a heavy sweater and riding boots, I was already soaked in sweat. When my friends advised me to wear athletic clothing and sneakers, I ignored their advice because I had little time to accomplish this rite of passage for all Stanford students, one I should’ve done as…

On why I could never be a driving instructor

If you’ve ever been in the backseat when your younger sibling learns to drive for the first time, you know what it feels like to be in an alternate universe. You’re simultaneously reliving the excitement and nerves that come with getting behind the wheel while experiencing the panic and frustration that come with witnessing a…

25 thoughts I had during my second experience with Assassin

One of the highlights of my freshman year at Stanford was almost winning my dorm’s Assassin game. For a person who had never played before, I somehow ended up in the final two through a series of surprisingly sneaky maneuvers (which included squeezing into a rolling suitcase and hiding in the top shelf of a…

Cold-blooded musings: On adapting to extreme temperature changes

There’s something strange about stepping onto an airplane in sub-zero temperatures and later exiting into moderate spring-like temperatures that I’d once considered cold. In multiple long-sleeve layers, wool socks, rain boots and a scarf, I went from freezing to sweating in a matter of hours (and it wasn’t even from lifting four suitcases up three…

How taking on too many opportunities has made me a thief

It’s been said that when opportunity comes knocking, we as college students are supposed to take it without a moment’s thought. Building a resume and gaining valuable experience is expected during our undergraduate years at a university, and we are supposed to embrace the research positions, internships and abundant opportunities that seem to lurk around…

5 Alice Walker quotes every Stanford student should consider

As an English major and a writer, there’s something incredibly humbling about having the chance to sit in a room with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. Never in my life would I have thought I would listen to her speak with students about the struggles America faces every day and the importance of reviving true…

Behind the connotations: short stories & novels

I’m sure any English major could attest to being asked at least one of the following questions: What’s your favorite [book, poem, series, author etc.]? Are you going to be an English teacher? Have you written a novel? I think I’m asked the last question most frequently, but the number of novels I’ve tried (take…

Halloween Haunt: On scaring yourself & taking risks

“I can’t go through with this,” I said in between bouts of shaky laugher. The looming two-story warehouse stood ominously under the overcast night sky. With only a few more feet before the front of the line, my two friends and I linked arms in solidarity and watched the purple strobe lights dance on the outside…

Five things I learned from self-studying a language

Parli italiano? No? Va bene. Up until a few months ago, I didn’t speak Italian either. This past summer I began self-studying the Romance language with the aid of an online program. In order to fulfill the requirements for my Modern Languages minor, I need to complete two languages at the second year level and…
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