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Nina Knight

Women in Comedy festival

So, women are funny. Some may view this as a “hot take,” but I can assure you, many of us have known this for a while. One of the reasons people may not realize the comedic genius that females can possess is the sheer lack of platform. I had been whispering small comments to myself…

Forty reasons to love the woods

I spend my summers staffing at a wilderness camp based in Vermont. Along with several young girls and a co-staff, I lead canoeing and hiking trips located within the Northeast and Canada. While this isn’t an internship at Google, I honestly wouldn’t want anything else. I was a camper for nine years before starting on…

Doing things for the joy of it

Club auditions or tryouts at Stanford tell you that all experience levels are welcome. While I understand wanting to encourage everyone to apply, most of the time a lot of experience is needed. Being at an elite school means most people are incredibly good at the things they choose to do; their many talents are…

Connecting through music: The gift of a mixtape

Since coming to Stanford, I’ve been missing music. Consequently, I miss the people with whom I used to play and discuss music. All these feelings led me to take up a new project: I got some old-fashioned cassette tapes, like the ones people used in the ’90s, and I created covers and titles that I…

Complain away

I understand that I have strong opinions about things and equally strong reactions to events in my life. However, I was recently told by a friend that I complain too much and seem never to cast blame on myself for things I find annoying. But is complaining really a bad thing? It has a negative…

Prioritizing is at the bottom of my to-do list

It’s hard to know what to prioritize or how to organize the many tasks you need to get done. Academics matter a lot to me, plus I’m at college to learn and earn a degree. However, this is the largest and most diverse community I have ever been a part of, so it seems wasteful…

I ride bikes now

The first article I wrote for The Daily detailed my life as a Stanford student without a bike. To be more precise, a Stanford student who didn’t know how to ride one. Dislocating my knee over the summer made learning in the months before frosh fall implausible, so I showed up wearing a big leg…

Hookup culture and demisexuality

Throughout high school, I felt as though I couldn’t relate to or partake in the hookup culture, a phenomenon even more prevalent in college. I chalked it up to the fact that I was self-conscious, or maybe that I simply didn’t find it appealing. I knew I was somewhat different than my friends. It didn’t…

So I can’t drink — Can I still hang?

In college, a lot of people choose to drink while others choose to abstain. There are a multitude of reasons one would decide not to partake in alcohol or partying — religion, taste and personal experience being a few. As someone who can’t drink due to medication I take, I fall into this category. Even…

What is home now?

Some people feel secure in their understandings of home. Some end up chasing the feeling of home, of belonging, of worn-in comfort, for a long time. Others find that feeling within themselves and carry it with them wherever they go. I am entirely unsure into which category I fall, and that is where the existential…

Holding a human brain

Students in PSYCH 1 received a rare opportunity this term: They got to hold and study real human brains and their structures. Most people in my section handled this activity relatively well. One even ate a piece of candy immediately afterwards. Another was simply in awe of the “specimen” before them. I, on the other…

Being heavy in college

Let’s talk freshman 15. Let’s talk fat jokes and eating chicken fingers at 2 a.m. I knew about these things before coming to college, but I was hoping they wouldn’t be as prominent in my current experience as they are. Part of me dreamed that being in a larger environment would mean seeing more people…

On heading home with new tattoos

Over the last few years, I have been planning to get a couple different tattoos, but any mention of ink and a needle sends my family into an argument. My older sister has attempted to warn my parents that I will get a tattoo, and they should prepare themselves. She’s right. It’s something I have…

A bikeless existence at Stanford

I partially blame myself for getting into this predicament — a freshman on a huge college campus without a bike. Maybe I could have tried harder this last year to learn how to ride one (a skill I do not yet possess), or I could learn to ride one of those scary, motorized skateboards. So…
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