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Millie Lin
Hello! I'm particularly interested in stories and society, and I do write in my journal...about once a month...so I'm super excited and thankful that now I can ramble about my life and my thoughts to you all!

On running away

I didn’t know that working out was a habit that normal people engaged in, until I came to Stanford and witnessed a gaggle of students rolling out to the gym in neon sports bras and tightly laced tennis shoes. Ah, so that was why Stanford students were so attractive! Suddenly, I found that my former…

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…

I’ve been degenerating while Stanford’s been a’ramping

Last week, the warm-heartedness of the Stanford campus infused my soul with wonder. It left me marveling at the infinite possibilities of the world and of myself. I wrote about this elation in my last Grind article but also took into account the fact that high moments will come back down. Now, one week later,…

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…

On personal boundaries and going pantless

One must adjust to many new habits in freshman year, including pole vaulting onto the bed, biking around electric skateboards, tourists, more bikes in the Circle of Death and shifting sleep schedules by three hours. Hello, 2 a.m. bedtime; good morning, 10 a.m. sun! (I anticipate that my sleeping hours will grow even more dire…
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