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Rest in peace, Old Taylor

“The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? ‘Cause she’s dead.” -Taylor Swift, 2017 According to Taylor Swift, her latest album Reputation marks the division of her life into what the world has almost universally agreed is “Old Taylor” and “New Taylor.” Sure enough, there’s a vast difference between “Teardrops on My…

Productive procrastination

As the middle of the quarter arrives and the initial push of Week 1 energy fades into the dreary trudge of midterm season, the underrated art form that is procrastination resurfaces. While this procrastination can manifest in all of its typical forms – taking naps, cleaning, social media use, etc. – I’ve recently discovered a new,…

On dorm discussions

One of the beautiful things about Stanford is the wealth of conversations that take place here. From casual everyday talks to intellectual theories to existential contemplations, there are so many amazing opportunities to talk about anything and everything with people on campus. For just about any interest or idea or passion, there’s a discussion somewhere…

Indecisive impulsiveness

Being in college and being part of the “adult” world brings with it an array of changes, one of which is the necessity to make decisions autonomously. Life up until college is very regulated, whether that regulation comes from parents, teachers or other adults. For me, that meant the decisions I made before coming to…

Memes, deconstructed

meme (n.): It’s not a word, it’s a lifestyle. — Urban Dictionary As my fellow frequenters of Stanford Memes for Edgy Trees could probably attest to, memes are an interesting part of college culture. These memes vary greatly: They range from simple, surface-level memes about Cal, sports games or campus events, to more moderate memes…