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Megha Parwani
I am committed to overthinking everything and then writing about all the things I've been overthinking.

The attention economy is corrupting the classroom

The promises of intellectual vitality we made when applying to Stanford ring hollow in the average classroom, in which at any moment more than one person is totally tuned-out, typing away on iMessage, tagging friends in memes or writing emails to “optimize” their time.

My year of righteousness and Row-living

This year I had the immense privilege of living on the Upper Row. In theory, it's quite nice: my house is in the tragically-small heart of the campus social scene, is endowed with the resources and size conducive to fostering community, and is staffed by a chef who feeds us heartily, albeit only 10 times a week.

Did The Daily do wrong by Yusi Zhao?

A little over a week ago, the Stanford community learned a name and a story. This name and story made the 2019 college admissions scandal more intimate than ever before. Through the reporting of the Los Angeles Times, we learned the name of Yusi Zhao, the expelled student whose family paid US$6.5 million to secure…

Frankly Speaking: On College Admissions and Privilege

Last week, Frankly Speaking, a new crowd-sourced Opinions column, had the Stanford community weigh in on the question: To what extent is getting into Stanford a result of privilege? Published below are two answers we received. If you want to contribute to our next edition, you can do so here.

Write for The Daily’s new column: ‘Frankly Speaking’

Dear Stanford community, The Daily’s Opinions section is excited to introduce Frankly Speaking, a weekly column that has community members weigh in on pressing campus news and debates. Here’s how it will work: Every week we will release a debate-worthy question on Monday. We will accept 250-word (max) responses to the question from readers until…

The unbearable flakiness of being

In my experience, the longer one spends at Stanford, the flakier one gets. Maybe the correlation arises because we get busier, dealing with real-life concerns like too many darn internships to apply to and a p-set we should have started four days ago. Maybe we do it because, hey, this person flaked on me once, and morality is relative, so I can flake on them. So we can just shoot the subject of flakery a quick text (So sorry but…) and get back to the grind, supposedly.

To apologize in advance

When I first came across Cory Booker’s Daily columns, part of me was prepared to be disillusioned by yet another politician. I came across the columns through a recent Daily article titled ‘Presidential hopeful’s intimate columns about race, homosexuality and groping incident resurface.’ With such a title, given the current political environment, his collegiate writing seemed liable to incriminate him in more than angsty musings on California weather or dining hall food.

In defense of the Standards of Excellence

When news of Theta Delta Chi’s (TDX) un-housing pinged into my inbox a few nights ago, I wondered whether the story qualified as important breaking news, worthy of being sent to every Daily reader at 8:15 p.m. Upon consideration, I reckon the editors wanted to tap into the campus-wide curiosity that invariably accompanies news that…

Voting as a birthright citizen

Yesterday, I voted for the first time. In many ways, it felt like my baptism into the world of American politics. Having emigrated from the U.S. at age five and only returning here for college, I’m still in the process of conceptualizing my American citizenship as more than just a navy-blue passport. As such, the…

Students v. students

Last week, Harvard went to trial for allegedly discriminating against Asian Americans in the college application process. There’s been a lot of commentary surrounding this case, with people coming at it from all sorts of angles—from legal forecasts to uneasy memoir to semi-smug delineation of Harvard’s often less-than-meritocratic admissions criteria. One thing I find compelling,…

10 things every international student needs to know

Hey international frosh! Welcome to Stanford! Oh, and also to the United States! Here are some pointers for you, drawn from my experience moving 14,000 kilometers (or 8,700 miles) to attend this fine institution. And as with most advice, take mine with a grain of salt.   1. Forgive yourself if you aren’t American™. Culture…

Smiling, nodding, engaging

Sometimes it would be great if we could all just shut up and listen in class. Hopefully I have your attention now, so I’m going to add some addenda to that click-baity opening line. Now, I don’t mean that we should worsen the already excruciating silence that sometimes follows an amazing lecture or guest speaker…

ProFros on Facebook

Please read till the end, especially ProFros. Hi/hey/wassup everyone! Firstly, I know this is super, super late! There are only three full months before school starts! My name is Profrina! I’m from XXX but I’m so excited to be coming to California! Now I will briefly discuss why I’m so excited for Stanford’s paradise weather…

Every day is the same day: the monotony of social media

A glorious plate of food — then the camera flips to friends, who wave as they eye the meal. An explosion of noise with bleary-eyed youths bopping about, gripping red Solo cups. A scene of great weather, either a #firstsnowfall or an idyllic summer day. These are some of the (only) images that fill my…

Sleepless in Stanford

It’s a sunny spring day. The sun grins down upon a field full of semi-clothed youths. Cheery music dribbles from compact speakers. Volleyballs fly through the air. Shriek, giggles and the smell of flowers swirl through the air. Where do you fit into this sensory image? Well, step back a little. You’re not in Wilbur…

A major paradox

In some circles, calling someone an Science Technology and Society (STS) major is considered a playful joke. This fact is pretty messed up, not only because the major is plenty challenging and plenty useful (particularly given our technical, globalized society), but also because it’s no basis for an understanding of someone’s intellectual vitality. By conventional…

A song for every week of the quarter

Week 1: “California” by Phantom Planet “We’ve been on the run/Driving in the sun/Looking out for number one/California here we come/Right back where we started from”   On a literal level, Week 1 is about coming back, or homecoming (for the more sentimental among us), to “where we started from.” The song is evocative of…

The bright side of winter quarter

Ten weeks is a long time to resent something. And it’s an especially long time to resent something all-encompassing and ubiquitous like, say, the weather. Here are five reasons why winter quarter is not that bad: 1. You can take more units! This is not satirical. More units might be hard, but you need them to graduate, right?…

Your completely fake weekly horoscope

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) Social: Try to organize the most pure night of fun with friends you can conceive. You know what they say: wholesome is the new edgy. Academic: Try the path of least resistance today. Sometimes when the going gets tough, the tough smartly go away. Random: Instead of water, drink sparkling or…
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