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Phoebe Quinton

Walking versus biking to class

After spending freshman year committed to biking everywhere on campus, I have begun to explore the joys of walking this year. However, as I have found myself alternating between the two modes of transportation, I have noticed that I employ them in very different circumstances. If I walked to class, I most likely … Woke…

Death by deadline

The room looks foggy. The lights are flickering between fluorescent white and dimmer yellow to the tune of crackling electricity. Or are they? All I can hear is my heartbeat. Pounding. I blink. It’s like sandpaper is underneath my eyelids. My fingers move at inhuman speed over the keyboard, flitting intuitively between the letters, a…

Enjoying eating healthy

In college, I expected the tantalizing calls of midnight ramen, milkshakes and fries. I anticipated the allure of processed carbs when transitioning to a new and potentially stressful environment. I was ready to be tempted by the junk food. And, to be honest, that’s what I got — late night every week, TAP, donuts and…

On feeling unstressed that you’re stressed

As I write this article at the end of Week 2, facing an impending flurry of tests, essays and p-sets to do next week, I can’t help but scoff at the earlier version of myself who pitched this article on the second day back at school. Did she not realize how unbelievably lucky she was?…

Discussion section hacks

Every once in a while, students may budget their time incorrectly and find themselves scrambling to complete a hefty reading assignment before class. In the event that frantically skimming 200 pages the night before a 9 a.m. does not properly equip you for class, you need to have a backup plan to fulfill that pesky…

To loft or not to loft

After packing our one room double full of clothes, books and a mini-fridge, my roommate and I quickly realized that one of us would need to loft her bed to create enough space to host friends. All that remained to be decided was who would dare to raise her bed five feet into the air.…

Ode to mozzarella sticks

Here’s just one quick note: This ode is creepy on purpose … kinda like a joke on those creepy old poets, ya know? Did I ruin the joke by explaining it? Sorry. I just don’t want you to think I actually sit around like “Yo, I wish I could sink my teeth into some gleaming…

Let’s talk about grades, baby

Grades. My relationship with them is always changing. We’ve been best friends, worst enemies and everything in between. In high school, I used grades as a symbol of success. Unfortunately, the pressure of applying to college resulted in my almost unhealthy determination to maintain good grades. On the bright side, this same pressure also kept…

The truth about finding myself

Before coming to college, I was excited, as I’m sure many people are. I was excited to bask in the sunny California weather, to start my new classes, to meet new friends and also to discover the new me. Though I was aware that these thoughts pinning sudden self-discovery to college were probably fueled by…

Have fun or else: The pressure to enjoy spring quarter

Tanned undergrads sporting “Camp Stanford” t-shirts and baseball caps. The sun glistening off of a Frisbee gliding through the air. The splash of sand as someone leaps to save a rogue volleyball. Spring quarter: the time when everyone on campus takes a collective exhale and just chills out. Concerts on campus. Darties, parties and everything…

Why finstas are actually rinstas

I can’t recall when I first learned about finstas, but I do know that making one changed my entire perception of social media. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, here are some useful definitions: Finsta (n.) — a fake Instagram account typically with private settings and less followers than…

Flavors of ramen

I’m sure you’ve never wondered what personality types correspond to various flavors of ramen, but I decided to write an article about it anyway. Enjoy! Beef Ramen: probably leads a double life, leaves savage reviews on Carta, got three of their high school teachers fired, “it’s not blackmail, it’s politics,” sends anonymous tips to the…

The quarter system time warp

Hello! Thank you for your four-year subscription to the Quarter System!   Included in this once in a lifetime offer are the option to explore more classes, a later start to the school year and a worry-free spring break. We guarantee you’ll love completing classes in ten weeks instead of sixteen. The Quarter System is…

[ME JP] Does Earth Day matter?

When the importance of protecting the environment seems obvious to many who recognize threats such as global warming and extinction, you may wonder if it is really necessary or effective to dedicate a day to raising environmental awareness. After all, if we should live like every day is Earth Day, why do we need an…

All kinds of tired

“Hey, how’re you doing?” “I’m tired, but good.” Tired. My go-to self-descriptor. I’m constantly tired to the point where I consider it a component of my personality. It’s not that life is continuously draining the energy out of me, but rather that tired is a broad and versatile word which is applicable to many aspects…

Proud to be a freshman

After spending my senior year of high school milking every last drop of power from my upperclassmen rank, I was not looking forward to being demoted right back to square one as a freshman in college. Commonly characterized as young, hopeful and naive, I feel like freshman are often patronized, less respected and dismissed as…

When the gym is full

Sometimes, when I’m feeling ambitious, I bike all the way from my humble Wilbur residence to Farrillaga to “work-out,” because I prefer it to Nearillaga. By the time I have exerted all of the effort necessary to bike all the way out there (a work-out in itself for me), I am more than a little…

Overthinking basic social interactions

Growing up means that you have fewer excuses to avoid various social situations. As a socially awkward person, this means I constantly find myself overthinking a multitude of simple social interactions. Is it just me, or is this whole “communicating with people” thing kind of stressful? Emailing teachers How casual is too casual? How formal…

Belonging at Stanford

When you think of a Stanford student, what do you think of? Someone smart? Someone motivated? Someone involved in a startup? Before attending Stanford, I envisioned all of its students as geniuses and young entrepreneurs with exceptional accomplishments, people who had done more by the age of 15 than most people do by 45. I pictured computer…

How to write a Grind article

Hey! Have you ever wondered how the Daily staff writes their articles for the Grind? Or have you never wondered that, but you already started reading this article so you might as well find out? Well, if so, you’re in luck! The following ten steps outline my process for writing Grind articles … or expose…

College habits at home

After spending only 12 weeks in college, I presumed that I had not changed much from the person I was in high school. However, upon returning home for winter break, I was surprised by all of the habits I developed that clash with my previous life at home. The following list outlines some of my largest…

Non-traditional microwave foods

I wake up at 10:15 a.m. Class starts at 10:30 a.m. The thought of skipping yet another breakfast because I’ve overslept makes my stomach rumble angrily. Luckily, my roommate came to the rescue with an article on Oprah’s website explaining how to cook pancakes in the microwave in under two minutes. Thank you, Oprah! I…

Winter coat shopping at Stanford

With the temperature quickly dropping, I’ve realized that I sorely misjudged the wardrobe I would need for Stanford. I foolishly based my packing off of the stereotype of a perpetually sunny California and am now finally realizing that I need to buy a coat soon or face a chilly demise this winter. Many of my…
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