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Fortune or fluke? A frosh’s experience with the Draw

Housing after freshman year was one of the main things I was terrified about when I came to Stanford. Unlike some of our Ivy counterparts (looking at you, Harvard and Yale), we aren’t placed into a residential college or House to live out the rest of our years here on the Farm. Instead, we’re tasked with…

Worlds and friends colliding

My best friend Rory from high school visited me last Tuesday (yes, the wildest weekday of them all). This was a momentous occasion: Having home friends visit is so rare for me because practically all of them live elsewhere in the U.S., mostly on the East Coast. The visit, which lasted a whole 20 hours,…

Making friends in class

In high school, friendships in classes were easy — we had the same classes throughout the year, which gave us plenty of time to get to know people. Or, if your high school was cliquey as hell, then your friends at the beginning of, say, sophomore year, had already been determined and you were NOT…

Paying attention

I have realized that I am, by nature, an incessant worrier and a supremely indecisive person (particularly when my schedule is so packed, as it was all of winter quarter, and even spring quarter until this past Sunday). As such, I consider myself a planner: I am always anticipating the next thing, constantly thinking of…

5 things that happen when you open a show

“The Wild Party” opened last Friday! Until it closes this Saturday, it continues to consume every fiber of my being, so I’m going to write about it one last time (probably). In honor of the show’s opening, here are five things that happen, in my experience, when you open a show: Nerves. Opening a show…

Confessions from tech week[end]

For those who don’t know, Ram’s Head’s spring show this year is “The Wild Party,” which opens this week (4/14, 4/15, 4/20, 4/21, 4/22 @ 8 p.m. in MemAud). I, for one, am both assistant stage managing and drumming for the show – two roles that are quite manageable on their own, but are near impossible…

The trials and tribulations of flying

There used to be something thrilling about air travel – specifically, getting to fly on my own. It was exciting, the first time, to feel like and be treated like a goddamn independent adult capable of making his own decisions and flying across the country by himself – and I was proud of that. The…

On pre-midterm uncertainty and post-midterm bliss

Imagine your last midterm. Now imagine how you felt in the hours leading up to that midterm. (Yeah, yeah, I know — midterm season just ended, and I’m making you relive it, and I’m sorry.) My last midterm was for CS 106B. (Nota bene: If you’re taking it this quarter with me, I am truly…

The art of the Uber conversation

If you live quite far away from Stanford (like me), you need to arrange flights to and from home, and thus, you need a way to get to the airport. Most people address this problem by using Uber. (Or, if you’ve decided to go on the Uber boycott because of the whole Trump thing, then…
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