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Justin Cortez

Accepting approval and acknowledging feedback

This summer, I was verbally sucker punched by my friend Miranda: She told me that she had read my Grind articles. To be quite honest, I don’t know what surprised me more — the fact that she somehow stumbled onto my work when I made no effort to advertise it or that she took the…

Lessons from another summer at Stanford

Shortly after my CHEM 171 final exam and one last round of complaining about phase changes, electrochemistry and whatever other God-forsaken concepts were on that final, I went back to my room and took a nap. No scrambling to pack away the last of my things into a suitcase or two. No hurriedly cramming bed…

Pressed about time

Time is a fickle being. We feel hours pass by in an instant. We get tortured by a ticking clock with each drawn-out second. We see it stand still, and it’s astounding just how many different ways we have created to make some sense of it. We hold our breaths. We chart the path of…

Life lessons as told by organic chemistry

There really is no sort of preface to this. This article is for those of you who live and breathe chemistry and want to use it for your daily life too, and for those of you who need a little motivation to get through CHEM 33. Regardless, because you totally needed more chemistry in all…

The allure of the unknown

Let’s take a step back together — think about the summer before your freshman year. Some of you probably spent it traveling, whether it be one last hurrah through your small town or gallivanting the world over. Others held down the fort in one place with an internship, job or a neat volunteering opportunity. Finally,…

What your Late Night order says about you

I have a problem. The first step in overcoming one’s vices is to admit them out loud, so here goes nothing: I have a Late Night obsession. I don’t think that statement truly displays the extent of my fixation, so allow me to try to put it in other words. Some of the workers recognize…
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