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Losing hometown pride

Growing up means watching things crumble. The tooth fairy stops coming; parents’ flaws are revealed; magic becomes tricks of the eye. Being the self-assured, all-knowing 18-year-old I am, I thought I was done watching things crumble. But after spending my first quarter at Stanford, one last thing has crumbled: my hometown pride. The place I…

Next time, it’s on us

During the transition to college, freshmen are constantly reminded that they will most likely face failure at some point as college students. Provosts, professors and other mentors insist that it is part of the growth process. This weekend, I experienced failure, although it looked different from the failure I was told to expect.   The…