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Kiara Harding

Hot takes: Spicy ramen is the ultimate cuisine

I consume what many would probably consider to be shocking amounts of ramen, in all of its forms. In fact, I may or may not be writing this article over a bowl of late night, Keurig-made packet ramen. It’s delicious. I frequent Ramen Nagi, Dohatsuten, Ramen Izakaya, and am constantly in search of new restaurants…

Hot takes: Root beer is the best soda

Picture this. An ice-cold, dark brown soda fizzes quietly in your cup. You take a sip, and your tongue is coated with a sweet vanilla flavor as the carbonation of the soda bubbles in your mouth. You take another sip and realize that this beverage, root beer, is the best soda in existence. Before the…

Hot takes: The natural hair movement is impractical

I don’t have this much time every week to do hair. I just don’t. For those of you with the kinky, curly or coily hair gifted to you by your African ancestry, you most likely already know this struggle. I’m sure some of you who have curly hair for other reasons will relate to parts…

Hot Takes: You should have played the viola

If you had asked me a few months ago what my advice to my younger self would be, it probably would be something along the lines of: “Develop a better work ethic and sleep schedule, so you don’t pull all-nighters for every paper you have to write … You’ll have to write a lot of…

Hot Takes: Flaking is fine

Hot take (noun): A quickly produced, strongly worded and often deliberately provocative or sensational opinion or reaction (Merriam Webster). In the age of social media, where anyone can put anything on the internet without regard for veracity or consequences, hot takes have become increasingly common, or perhaps just increasingly vocalized. Hot takes can range from…

High school v. college: Model United Nations

Every so often, something from high school that I thought I’d left in the past comes back to me. Recently, that was Model UN. I did MUN for three years in high school, but I decided to revisit it in a burst of nostalgia in the beginning of this year. Before I knew it, I…

An introvert in a pond of extroverts

I, like many of my fellow Grind writers, consider myself to be an introvert. When I have free time, my first thought is not to seek out my friends, but to stay in my room and read a book or watch YouTube or Netflix. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy spending time with…

Pocket problems

Most people who have worn clothing designed for women have discovered one unfortunate trend: a lack of pockets. This horrible phenomenon manifests itself in many ways, but whether the pockets are fake or just ridiculously shallow, the effect is the same. Everything is more difficult than it needs to be, particularly in college. Take, for…

Music versus self-control

Back in high school, I drove to school every day. I never really liked driving, but I did it for the convenience and for the music. In the car I could belt the lyrics to my favorite song that week without worrying about anyone hearing my mediocre-at-best singing voice. It made the ridiculously early morning…

Conversations with smart speakers

Before coming to Stanford this year, I bought a Google Home Mini for my dorm room. Unbeknownst to me, my roommate already had an Amazon Echo. While the majority of the things we ask Google or Alexa just involve basic functions like playing music, setting alarms or asking simple questions, we occasionally venture beyond the…

Stanford definitely isn’t a tech school

Over a year ago, a young and impressionable Kiara sat in MemAud and listened to Marc Tessier-Lavigne tell her that Stanford wasn’t a tech school. In the time that has elapsed since then, I’ve finally begun to understand why he told us that, and I can think of many reasons why Stanford is, in fact,…

From ‘Fro’ to ‘So’

I want to start by getting one thing out of the way: I chose to live in FroSoCo for a second year. I don’t understand why that’s such a shocking concept for so many people to whom I tell this, but I genuinely enjoy living in FroSoCo. I could write paragraph upon paragraph defending my…

Nostalgia and change

I spent the majority of this past summer at home in Georgia. I slipped into my old routines as if I had never left, feeding our cats and arguing with my brother just like I had throughout the better part of my childhood. Sometimes, it felt like everything was exactly as it was when I…

Being a slightly-less-broke college student

For the first two quarters of my Stanford career, I embodied the stereotypical “broke college student” role. I consistently set record low balances in my checking account, I routinely sold my soul to science by participating in GSB and psych studies, and I was no stranger to phoning home to ask my parents for a…

The dangers of doing too much

Somehow, before I knew it, I was enrolled in 19 units this quarter and starting a new job. I told myself I’d drop something or reduce my hours, but the drop deadline passed, and we’re now very solidly mid-quarter, and nothing has changed. As my fall quarter dreams of a light spring quarter flew out…

The journey of binging

Anyone who has ever binged a Netflix show understands that it is truly a journey. Watching a show that, if aired on TV, would span weeks, months or even years, in a much more condensed time frame makes every event feel faster and more intense. It makes the emotional rollercoaster of a good show feel…

The stages of a group project

Week 1: Realization. You read the syllabus and see that 20 percent of your final grade will come from a group project. You begin to regret signing up for a class in which the only person you’ve interacted with is an acquaintance you talked to once or twice last quarter. You consider dropping the class,…

Choose your adventure: all-nighter edition

The premise: You have a 10 page RBA, a seven question p-set where each question has multiple parts and over a hundred pages of dense reading to do by tomorrow morning at 10:30. It’s 10 PM. The only way you can get everything done well is by pulling an all-nighter. Can you make it through the…
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