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Meandering reflections of Stanford at night

A couple days before winter quarter started, I dropped by Stanford late at night with a couple high school friends. (I live close by.) We drove to campus, streaming and shouting sophisticated 21st century art pieces like “Mo Bamba.” Then we parked, cutting off the music, and I stepped into the campus’s chilly silence. It…

Here’s to failed Common App essays

It’s college application season, and anxious high school seniors seek my Stanford-quality essay feedback. But even for me – your “esteemed” Grind writer – crafting an intelligent, introspective, passionate, etc. essay felt like a grind (pun intended). One night during the process, I realized, to my horror, that I appeared to have written the cardinal…

Rethinking duck syndrome

I write this article on Oct. 21, hardly a month since I began college on Sept. 20. Days simply float by, and I feel giddy, whether I’m observing bizarre dorm conversations or debugging code alone for six straight hours until 4 a.m. When people ask, “How’s college?” or “How are you?” I mean it when…

A peephole into the South Bay

Having been a local of the South Bay for the past decade or so, I’ve recently been pondering: What are the most interesting spots here? Now, there’s what I perceive as the popular perception: This region is known across the nation as that zany, techy, startup land overflowing with Googles, Zuckerbergs, nap pods in rainbow-painted…